Being a fan of short nosed dogs and the bull breeds, Robert E. Rice “Bobby” found himself admiring a few characteristics of several different breeds. Unsatisfied with the current selection of any “one” of the existing breeds, Mr. Rice decided to establish a breed of dog that exhibited all the features he had admired in several of the other exiting breeds.
The American Bullnese was created by a breeding program started by Robert Rice of Jacksonville, FL in 1989. The breeding program depended heavily upon pedigree research as line breeding was a technique used to increase consistency in the litters. By selectively breeding dogs with outgoing, happy, and confident temperaments, combined with the desired physical features, Mr. Rice was successful in developing the American Bullnese.
Mr.Rice is still extending his pedigrees along with many others whom have obtained dogs from this foundation stock and are continuing to develop the breed in in its pure state. Many wild guesses have surfaced as to the real genetic make up of the American Bullnese. We just want to point out that the American Bulldog was not used in the development of the American Bullnese and it is not just a simple cross of two different breeds of dogs. The American Bullnese actually is a blend of five “5” differant breeds of dogs.