|An Alapaha (A-lap´a-ha) blue-blood bulldog|
This is an interesting breed, being what I believe to be the only purebred bulldog that comes in merle, as in the dog above. It has been described as "American as apple pie." The author of the Retrieverman blog once mentioned to me that it would make much more sense if the mascot for the University of Georgia was an Alapaha rather than an English bulldog. I have to agree. The Alapaha name is a name heavily associated with the state.
The Alapaha blue-blood bulldog is easy to train and a good family dog. It is described as "functional and unexaggerated," which is quite true when compared to numerous other bulldog breeds. They should be fearless without aggression and powerful but not bulky. It is smaller than the American bulldog, but nowhere near as small as the English bulldog. It is not prone to the breeding problems than are so common in the English bulldog. Overall, the breed is meant to be very functional, and many of them are still used for such purposes as protection and as catch-dogs for hunting hogs. However, type can vary greatly depending on what the dogs are being bred for.
The Alapaha Blue-Blood Bulldog Association is very wary of who breeds these dogs and who the dogs are registered with.
Sources are the Alapaha Blue-Blood Bulldog Association pages on the history and standard of the breed, unless otherwise noted.
Images are from Wikimedia Commons under creative commons licenses: one, two