Australasian Bosdog (Low Risk Brachycephalic Breed)
Originally an offshoot from the British bulldog, these dogs were bred by mixing with other breeds including Boxers, Mastiffs, Bull Terriers and later American bulldogs.
While the intent was to breed a bulldog type more suited to Australia, including the Australian heat, almost all breeds they were crossed with were also Brachycephalic breeds in their own right and the other resultant varieties known as Aussie bulldogs, Australian bulldogs, Bosdog’s and more lately Southern Cross bulldogs are all still considered Brachycephalic. However it is recognised that there is great variation between these dogs and many will not be affected by BOAS to the same degree as the original high risk British Bulldog.
The Australasian Bosdog, as opposed to the Aussie Bulldog, while not an accepted independent breed is recognised by the ANKC as a breed under development as of January 1, 2022 and those registered with the Australasian Bosdog Society Incorporated can be regarded as true to type with many generations of consistency separating them from the original Bulldog or the Aussie Bulldog which is still regularly crossed with the original British Bulldog.
The Bosdog does have a significantly larger/taller body and longer nose than a Bulldog and has been shown to have a greater heat resistance than earlier varieties. However as they age or if they are overweight they tend to be less tolerant of heat and in any situation where they do become stressed or anxious for any reason, even other unrelated health issues they may have more difficulty breathing which can exacerbate the problem.
We therefore do still have to ensure that owners are aware that we consider them to be a breed at risk during transport, that we will make transport decisions as best we can based on the information provided by the owners. and that there are additional terms & conditions they need to be aware of and accept.