The Antebellum Bulldog (ARF) or Altamaha Plantation Dog is an American new breed dog breed, developed in the Altamaha River Valley Basin, a region of southeastern Georgia.
The Antebellum dogs' heads are larger and bulkier in comparison to other bulldogs, although the dogs are clearly bulldog type. It is a strong, well-developed, and muscular breed. Males' weight is between 80-150 pounds (36 to 68 kg) standing 25 to 30 inches (63 to 76 cm) at the withers, females smaller at 70 to 100 pounds (31 to 45 kg). Ears and tail are natural, with no cropping or docking. Color of the Antebellum is white, with either brindle, brown or piebald spotted with black.
The Antebellum is described as intelligent, dutiful, and responsible, with impressive capabilities as a guardian of family and property, but aggressive only in defense of these. They are friendly and relaxed until the need arises to defend their own. Antebellums are noted for their gentle nature around small children.
The breed was developed by the Maxwell family of Darien, Georgia, USA, under the strict guidelines of the Animal Research Foundation to re-establish a breed of white bulldog that partnered loggers and rice plantation owners of the Altamaha River Basin. During the Antebellum period, large rice plantations surrounded the Altamaha River Basin. The breed is a sustained effort to recover and preserve the "Altamaha Plantation dog" of southeastern Georgia.
Though blue eyes are common, no known ailments other than the eye colors are recorded.
Weight Male 36-68 kg, 80-150 lb Height Male 63-76 cm, 25-30 inches Coat Short, stiff, with soft undercoat Color white or white with spots Litter size 5-12 puppies Life span 12-15 years