The ancestors of the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog breed can be traced back to the Southern United States during the 1800s. In order to revive a nearly extinct herding dog called the Old Tymey Plantation Dog, a small group of Southerners in 1979 started to develop the modern-day Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, possibly named after the Alapaha River in Georgia. The breed resulted from crosses between the now-extinct Old English Bulldog and local herding breeds such as the Catahoula Leopard Dog and Black Mouth Cur. Their ancestors were bred to be used as cattle and pig herders, but the Alapaha was bred solely for security and companionship purposes.
Medium-sized, strong, and packed with power, the Alapaha Blue Blood is a sturdy and very muscular breed, which makes them a great choice for an estate guardian. They give off the impression of great strength and endurance. Although males are characteristically larger and stockier than females, they both have a large head, broad chest, and resemble an athletic and stocky bulldog, not long-legged or high bellied. They have a short, stiff, glossy coat that requires little-to-no maintenance and comes in various pied color combinations, including a blue merle pattern called harlequin. Alapahas have medium-sized eyes and small V-shaped ears. The breed's fairly long tail is carried above the back when moving or excited.
Known for being obedient, trainable, and sporting a can-do attitude, Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs are considered to be less stubborn than many other bulldog breeds. They also make a great watchdog because of their independence and protective instincts, but these guardians absolutely enjoy the role of a family companion and are not to be left alone outside. Early training with an experienced dog owner is important to prevent having an overly-independent, unmanageable adult. These bulldogs are an all-around working breed that is capable of doing so with intelligence, determination, and confidence. Alapaha Blue Bloods enjoy the company of children and can make a sturdy playmate for them, but some adults may become aloof towards strangers and could develop an intolerance to other dogs of the same sex, especially between two males. These athletic, all-purpose dogs are generally not recommended for apartment or condo lifestyles and are best suited for a home with an average-sized yard or an active owner who can take them on daily walks or hiking trips to get exercise. Devoted and loyal, the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is widely recognized for its guardian positions in addition to being a great companion for an active family who would love a bulldog that takes protecting their loved ones seriously.