Bulldogs Are Not Bullies

In today’s world when we hear Pit Bull most people relate it to a breed of dog, which has been characterized in the news and media as being a ferocious bully. In reality this breed has fallen victim to being stereotyped by humans, which believe they are naturally aggressive. When trained correctly this breed is a loyal, obedient and playful companion for the entire family.

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The American Temperament Test Society, Inc. is a professional organization which tested the temperament of over 25 thousand dogs from over 200 breeds and found that bully breeds, such as the American Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier ranked in the mid 80’s to low 90’s percentile when it came to having a friendly and obedient disposition. This research placed these bully breeds on par with breeds such as Beagles and the Australian Shepherd.

Listed are a number of Bulldogs known as bully breeds:

  • The American Pit Bull Terrier originated in Europe, the breed was formed by crossing a bull and terrier. they were brought to the United States in the mid-19th century by immigrates, the Pit Bull Terrier’s key traits have not changed in over 100 years. This breed has been found to be extremely loyal and highly intelligent, for this reason law enforcement agencies routinely train Pit Bulls to use for sniffing out narcotics and explosives.
  • The American Bulldog originally came from England, where they were bred to herd cattle and guard their owner’s property. This type of Bulldog still carries the same protective instincts, these instincts are evident in the way the Bulldogs fearlessly defends his family and their property against anything they perceive to be a threat. When the Bulldog is trained and socialized from an early age, they are obedient well behaved and loving.
  • Boxers can be traced back to the 19th century; German breeder’s created this breed through crossing different Bulldogs with other breeds, which included terriers and mastiffs. The Boxer’s name was given them due to the way they stand up on their hind legs, while batting with their front paws when playing or engaging an opponent. Boxers are not only a championship breed and pet; they are also used for assisting the blind and were used in World War 1 as couriers. The Boxer was brought to the United States, shortly after World War 1 and is now one of the country’s most popular breeds.
  • The Staffordshire bull terrier is one of the first crosses to be bred in England centuries ago, the bull was crossed with a terrier and the first Staffordshire bull terrier was the result. This breed excels in the show ring, they are smart, affectionate and loyal and they rarely drool unlike other bully breeds, due to their lips, not being as loose as other bully breeds. They make a wonderful, loyal and loving addition to any family, they are affectionate with children.

Caleb Grant is a breeder, dog trainer and freelance writer. Caleb works closely with wireless dog fence expert Susan Wright, DMV to write articles highlighting the proper care of dogs

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