The Downunder Bulldog Registry

Who are Irondog to say what is an American Bulldog?  What gives them the authority to register American Bulldogs?  Irondog is the Original and Authentic American Bulldog Registry of Australia.  It commenced with the Importation and Breeding of American Bulldogs on a large scale in Australia around 1993.   Irondog records go back to 1950 and come from the first real Bulldog Registry the ARF, Animal Research Foundation in the USA, which is why the ARF stamp is on Irondog paperwork.  The NKC was also used by Bulldog Pioneers but their standards of purity for Bulldogs was that only 80% Bulldog Blood was required.  This is the reason that J. D Johnson moved to the ARF early on.   Irondog have been recognized internationally for almost 30 years.  We work with Registries in the USA and Europe, recognize their paperwork and vice versa.  Irondog has registered American Bulldogs in Australia, New Zealand and the USA (Hawaii).  The ARF has now closed permanently leaving Irondog as it's successor in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere.

The American Bulldog Club and The Irondog have a long history together because they used to ONE in the combined Registry\Club - then called the ABRA.  When Dez Auld purchased The Registry in 2000 he separated the two.  Today they are still separate entities.  Why does the Club support out sourcing its Registry and related activities to Irondog.   Firstly the service delivery of Irondog is second to none.  Though overseas registries have come and gone no organization has contributed to The American Bulldog Breed in Australia more than Irondog with dozens of Shows and Trials with many Champions titled.  They have a local presence are are easily contacted and have real relationships with breeders around the country stretching back 30 years.  They also issue the longest pedigrees in the World and the pedigrees they issue are works of art (of a very high quality).  One of the main reasons The Bulldog Club can only recommend using Irondog; is that this is the only way American Bulldogs can get recognized in Australia - but it doesn't discourage people from Dual Registering with the ABRA or ABA or the Johnson Registry.  Irondog recognizes the modernist Bulldog types of Classic and Standard and has those side by side with the traditional Johnson and Performance (Scott) and also Performance Johnson - a mix of the two types.  So Irondog is compatible with the varied positions on type confirmed in America which is important.

Is it important to purchase an American Bulldog from an Irondog Registered American Bulldog Breeder?  Our advise is if your speaking to a Bulldog Breeder and they are not a registered breeder the sales conversation should end right there!  But it depends how you frame it.  Do you mean state GOV registered, Council registered or may be registered with an overseas breed registry?  Then yes this counts for little.  The bottom line, if your not a Registered Breeder (in Australia) with "Irondog" your not a legitimate breeder.  At the end of the day there is only one reason to have an overseas registry as your primary - and that is penny pinching.  Overseas registries can charge ever so slightly less but they also provide a different quality of product in line with their price point.  There is no legitimate reason for this except for those looking to make a quick buck rather than being part of history.  Yes there can be exceptions to this motivation for instance; for convenience for those who have purchased American Bulldogs registered with another over seas organization.  However these fall flat because Irondog offers dual registration of Bulldogs for $50 including postage (the real cost $25).  So where there may be a few saying that they are not puppy peddlers looking to extract every cent - there really can be no excuse for not doing what is only right by The Breed.  Which is working together to get them recognized in Australia.

So again our advice is to pass them by.  We been working on getting Bulldogs recognized for 17 or so years in OZ.  If your not a part of that, part of the solution - then your part of the problem.  So is being a registered breeder with Irondog important?  It's the first thing.  Yes It's everything,  And Irondog holds Breeders to account!  You can be sure of that.  Notably 2 Australian Breeders have been de-registered and banned for life.  As a Breed Registry our primary concern is the integrity and reputation of The True American Bulldog.  But the purpose of Irondog is not to punish wayward breeders.  We work with the breeders to encourage them to "Breed Better Bulldogs".

Everyone who registers with Irondog has made a commitment to " Breed Better Bulldogs".  Having said that this is the first question to ask - are they registered with Irondog.  There are many other questions to ask.   Especially what we recommend is that the Breeder has the Bulldogs in their lives.  This is number 2 on the hit list!  It's what's inside The Bulldog?  That is most important.  And their is only one way to know - to "Do life with them".  Everything else comes after this paramount consideration; of exactly who you are bringing into your home, family and life.  It's not the cosmetics or even the physical structure that has primary importance but what is "under the hood".  Which isn't to say that we don't need sound Bulldogs.  Of course we do.   But the primary goal is the nature of The Bulldog and that is genetic to a large degree though it can be influenced by what nurturing the Bulldog experiences.

Lets turn back the clock to 1993 where The Irondog Registry began under the name The NABR, The National American Bulldog Registry founded in Western Australia by Tony Tascone.  Although Bulldogs had been imported to Australia prior to this time this year represents a concerted effort by three individuals to import and breed American Bulldogs on a large scale.  These three were Tony Tascone (who started the registry), Joe Cauchi and George Andrews.  Records were obtained from the ARF to create the registry here in Australia with their help.  Later the Registry/Club was acquired by Carl Kindred who re-branded it as "The ABRA" in 1996 though it was the same registry of 1993.  Carl kept the records and helped run American Bulldog shows and Club like activities until the year 2000 when tragic circumstances in his life caused him to sell the registry and all the records exclusively to Dez Auld.  Dez re-branded the registry as Irondog and separated the Registry and Club forming with it's members The ABCA  (American Bulldog Club of Australia).  In 2019 The American Bulldog Club was rebranded as "The True American Bulldog Original Club of Australia" to combat developments in America where breeders and even whole registries were openly adding other breeds into what they call "American Bullodgs".  The Irondog Registry has also been revamped in 2020 with New Paperwork Templates, Products and most importantly New Service Deliver Targets.  This is part of The Push to get American Bulldogs recognized in Australia.  Previously Bulldog paperwork may be received weeks and in rare cases months later and though the quality was good it wasn't great.  The new look paperwork with customized photos on A3 Premium laminated paper are simply works of art that carry the genealogies of the Bulldogs longer than any registry in The World.  Irondog paperwork is now processed within 24-48 hours from the time payment appears in the bank.  This is a massive improvement and has been the case since the financial year 2023 with 15 jobs processed in those time frames - one to two days.  Now these are working days and weekend days are not taken into account.  Neither are the postal times and where there are delays.

             Service Delivery, Security and Customer Service

All paperwork is sent by the same method; Express Post with tracking, receiver signature required and insurance in a rigid 60 cm Postal Cylinder.  This guarantees deliver and the quality of the paperwork received.  Express Post usually takes 2-3 days (not guaranteed) where clients are located in the Primary Postal Area with longer times for those outside of it.  A photo, microchip number and unique registration number provide a three way security to the authenticity of paperwork that is only enhanced by the postal delivery method.  A photo of the cylinder with tracking number displayed and the lodgement verification is sent to the client at the time of posting.  This is the high level of service that Irondog Breeders and Bulldog owners now enjoy!  

                                  Exceeding Expectations

Going beyond the call of duty often photo's can be lacking in lighting, exposure and clarity.  At no cost to the client these photos are massaged in an editing program to deliver an optimal record of your Bulldog that appears on your Certificate of Pedigree.  Again a work of Art that you will proudly place on your wall.  Further clients can request that the "Call Name" features on the paperwork with the registered name in the details.  Irondog paperwork can also be created with "Conditions" reflecting the agreement between The Breeder and the puppy purchaser - and it is important to note that these conditions will not be changed by Irondog.  Changing conditions of sale springs from a questionable place.  Notably although in America Registries change the names of Bulldogs as they transfer from hand to hand Irondog does not change names.  This can cause all kinds of problems down the track and at the end of the day is an exercise of vanity.  However Irondog does permit Breeders to allow clients to choose their own names by call them puppy 1,2,3 etc which flags that the client chooses the name (Not the Breeders prefix though).  This is achieved by Irondogs use of both relational an flat file databases which is almost unique in the canine world.  Another advantage of having the length of historical records is that Bulldog Types are identified by blood not by fancy.  In short Irondog produces the longest pedigrees in The World because they can.

Registered  Breeders and lifetime Fees

Irondog is the "Registry Provider" for The True American Bulldog Original Club of Australia.  They provide a professional service that experience and history has shown cannot be produced by volunteers.  This relationship is reviewed yearly and is not binding.  It will be dissolved when Dogs Australia recognizes The American Bulldog.  To become a Registered Breeder with Irondog you need to have Purebred Registered American Bulldogs and be able to produce their pedigrees.  You must make at least a one liner commitment to "Breed Better Bulldogs".  So what is breeding better Bulldogs?  It's really just common sense.  However we will outline below what The Club's expectations are regarding "Breeding Better Bulldogs".  Serious breaches of ethical breeding standards may bring suspension of a Breeders Registration and in the worst cases de-registration and life time bans.

The cost to become a Registered Breeder with Irondog is $200 and this is a once off fee for life.  You are issued with a Registered Breeder certificate and given a rating of "Tier 5".   All breeders start off at "T5".  From there you have to earn your way to a higher classification.  Which is explained further down below.  To maintain the integrity of The Registry Breeders have to be registered for life.  Otherwise their Kennel names and prefixes would be only transient.  This would cause endless confusion examining pedigrees as is the case with some American Bulldog Registries.  Other costs are listed as below.

Breeder Registration $200.00 (Once off for Life) plus postage*.

Upgrade of Breeder Registration to next Tier $50, this includes postage (With all documentation provided)*.

Puppy Certificates $20.00 plus postage*.

(Puppy Certificates are issued with the names Puppy 1,2,3 etc - these are for entry level Breeders, registration no.'s allocated on transfer.

Puppy Generation Papers $60 plus postage*.

(Puppy Generation Papers are issued with unique names and come with Registration Numbers and registration paid).

Certificate of Pedigree $120 (Required for Breeding) plus postage*.

(Certificates of Pedigree are only issued for Bulldogs 18 months old and over - they are required to register American Bulldog puppies)

Reproduction of lost paperwork $75.00 and this includes postage*.

Yearly Irondog Membership/True American Bulldog Club Partnership $100 (Not Required - only for those wanting to advertise Studs on the Club site, attend shows/trials, and receive a copy of the National Bulldogger Yearbook).*  

*Due to lockdowns and covid 19 all Irondog Memberships have rolled over without requirement for payment for 2022.

*All paperwork is sent by Registered Post, Express Post with tracking, signature and insurance.  This is part of the Security Protocol to ensure that paperwork is not lost or stolen.

Dez Auld at Irondog should be contacted for all matters regarding registration:

P.O Box 288 Baxter 3911



Registered Address for The True American Bulldog Original Club of Australia Public Officer is 63/1325 Frankston-Dandenong Road Carum Downs Victoria.  

Investigation of Bulldog for Registration (where papers are not available) $1000.00 + all costs (which includes mandatory Breed DNA Test - which must result in "100% American Bulldog" and successful Single Registration in the USA with a longstanding registry).  This service is provided without any guarantee of success and all monies are non refundable.  Irondog does not perform "Single Registrations" nor is it within our delegated responsibilities as a Breed Registry to do so.  This practice is discouraged by The True American Bulldog Original Club and Irondog.  However it is recognized that their could be exceptional and unforeseen circumstances where this could be performed by an American Registry - who's territory does encompass whether or not a Bulldog can be registered as an "American Bulldog" as a single registration.

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