The Bully Mix & Bulldogs
We all know and love the fact that bulldogs are a stocky breed, with a compact body that has a very low center of gravity and short, sturdy and strong limbs. The unique and unmistakable shape of the “breed” results in a peculiarly unique and well-known gait that is sometimes imitated when referring to weight lifters because they swagger like cocky tough guys! But that tough looking exterior as we all know is covering a real heart of gold! Bulldogs and are known for their short muzzles with somewhat saggy skin on their faces, creating what looks like a “frown” which has become almost the trademarked look of the breed.
Bully mixes will often show slightly softer characteristics of the bulldog especially when mixed with larger and thinner breeds in which case we often see the skull and eyes revealing the biggest clues that the puppy is actually a mix. The traditional bulldogs come in a variety of colors and ideally will have a short and smooth lustrous coat. Beyond the bully mixes, which can come in a more varied size and shape the weight of what we consider the traditional bulldog is between 40 and 55 pounds (18 to 25 kilograms) when fully mature.
While it’s true that what some dog owners call “pit bulls” (i.e. American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers) can trace their genetic lineage back to the original breed of bulldog. Bulldogs were historically crossed with terriers to create what is known as the “pit bull” breeds (“pit bull” is not actually it’s own certified breed; rather, it is a inclusive term which is used to collectively describe the American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers). After decades of selective breeding, however, all of the dogs that originated with bulldogs, all the “pit bulls” included, now have a unique set of traits and characteristics that are standard to that breed.
Pit Bulls (capitalized, that term actually refers to the American Pit Bull Terrier) are a recognized breed, with their own special traits and characteristics. So are American Bulldogs. Therefore, the most accurate description of many of these wonderful dogs would be American Pit Bull Terrier/American Bulldog mix. Be cautious if people are just referring to such dogs as a “pit bull”; it really isn’t accurate. Dog owners sometimes refer to such dogs (a Staffordshire Bull Terrier/American Bulldog mix for example) just as a “bully breed” or “bully mix”. It’s simple and more accurate. But if you really want to be an ambassador for the animal and to really educate people, you could always say the full and accurate breed name of your dog when asked, although smiling and saying that she’s a “bully mix” will likely be less complicated!
Characteristics & Temperament
There are many wrong perceptions and untrue prejudices against bulldogs and the bully mixed breeds often due to their rather severe appearance. While they are not as cute as cuddly as some other canines the owners of these pets understand that they have an inner tenderness and beauty that goes beyond the outer appearances. Truly; the temperament of the Bulldog is generally considered to be quite docile, friendly and extremely gregarious. They are well-known for being fiercely loyal to their owners. International breeders have made incredible progress and have been extremely successful to breed the aggression and aggressive traits out of the breed, so these dogs are known to be of a generally very good temperament.
Of course they can rarely be considered as “docile” bulldogs will often be so attached to their home and family that they will not want to venture out of their yard without their human “master”. Due to this friendly nature bulldogs and breeds mixed with the bullies are known for getting along very well with young children, other breeds of dog and any housebroken pets in general. A bulldog is also suitable for smaller houses and even apartments due to their smaller size and relative lack of energy (don’t call them lazy!), but bullymix puppies may be somewhat destructive with their curiosity until they reach a more mature age. Take a lot of pictures of these little rascals as they’re growing up because they progress through some wonderful stages of growth that should be well documented.