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Common Questions
Belonging to the "bulldog" and "Bull & Terrier" groups of pure-bred dogs. They are often mis-identified, mis-labbeled, or delibrately called "pit bulls".

Many owners of such dogs face prejudice and may be the target of physical and even verbal attacks and campaigns on social media.

Breed Specific Legislation is a way for governments and local authorities to generalize and demonize entire breeds despite the fact that a small percentage of the bully breeds are a danger to society.

Often any dangerous behaviour can be traced back to deliberate formation and training by owners. Below is an example of some of the "bully breeds" and it shows the physical differences in the branches of the genetic tree.

Some breeds have been ommitted as they are extremely rare or do not face the same stigma of being labelled as a dangerous dog or mislabbeled as a pitbull.

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!

How long will a bulldog live?

Of course, keeping your dog healthy and happy by showering her with love and regular exercise will help them live to a ripe old age. With all the devotion and affection we receive from our bulldogs, all owners would like their bullies to live forever (or at least a very long time) but in most cases, the average life span of a Bulldog is between 8 to 10 years.

Of course, some bulldogs that have made it to 12 years old and there are some rare cases where a bull has survived for 15, 16, 17, and even an 18-year-old.

The common health issues we discussed earlier tend to affect older dogs so such exceptions to the average life span are rare; the average life span is 10 years. Providing a wholesome diet, plenty of exercise, regular vet visits, and comfortable living conditions will defiantly help increase this time and allow you to enjoy your dog for many years. As with any pet it is best to fully understand the responsibilities involved in owning a pet, regardless of what sort of animal or breed it is as it goes beyond the infatuation period and requires a real lifetime commitment.

Why do bully mix and bull dogs seem to cost so much?

They don't really! A bully mix is less expensive than a more pure bulldog...this is why we love the bully mix! They are inexpensive yet offer many of the wonderful traits of the bull breed. If you are considering buying a bulldog and if the first question that skips across your mind is regarding the price then maybe this is not the breed that you should be looking at.

In fact, when considering buying any pet you can visit the local SPCA or animal shelter but the business of choosing a new dog should never be a factor of cost. Buying a dog is not like finding a deal on a laptop computer or a set of winter tires; no, any dog that is to be cared for and loved for two decades should be a dog that strikes a chord deep within us! In order to breed a high quality bulldogs it is not cheap and certainly a bully mix is not something you want to pick up at some roadside puppy mill!

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There is a great deal of time, effort and expense involved in raising a proper and healthy Bulldog litter.

Without going into detail, it can cost up to $3000 to breed, deliver and raise a single litter, which is mainly for resources and takes little consideration for the time invested in raising the new litter. As with any dog you have to deal with a reputable breeder as there are many folks hoping to make a quick dollar by setting up some cages in the backyard and forging a few pure bred papers on the printer; if you are serious about the adoption of a bully mix then first visit the local animal shelter. A natural bulldog litter size is 4 puppies.

Part of the cost of raising the dogs for selling is the expense involved in getting the females ready for breeding which requires pre-breeding testing, ovulation testing, which entail a minimum of approximately three visits to the vet. The female will usually be artificially inseminated which mean at least another 3 trips to the vet, not to mention the expenses for the semen/stud service which is in the area of $500 if it is a reputable and certified service. Then the breeder must wait 30 days for an ultrasound or x-rays or a combination of the two because it is important to be sure the female is really pregnant! You'd be surprised!

Breeding bulldogs also involves special diets for the mother and a constant monitoring for the next 5 weeks of pregnancy, plus getting the nursery set up with with heating pads, bottles, blankets, medical supplies, milk replacer, puppy scales, and other accessories for a proper incubation and nesting as the list of required products to buy in order to give proper early care goes on and on.

Then, as in most birthing situations comes the C-section which, depending on the veterinary services offered in your area can cost upwards of $500 assuming the mama went into labor during regular office hours and all went well, which is often not the case! Females can typically produce only 2 or 3 litters during a lifetime.

Bull dogs and mixes are a special breed which require the help of caring and patient humans to bring a litter to 8 weeks of age. In spite of their strong initial appearance the Bulldog, as a newborn puppy, is rather fragile and the newborn puppies require constant monitoring. Bulldogs actually don't make the best mothers because they may lay on a puppy by accident and not even realize they are harming the little thing which is why surveillance is important during the birth and why a knowledge of the canine disposition is essential. The wee puppies, when properly cared for, will be checked by the vet at least 4 times during their first two months.

These visits to the local vet include the worming and puppy shots that are mandatory. This is a breed that requires maximum effort on the part of the breeder to make sure that all the puppies turn out to be healthy and this whole procedure is extremely costly. If you are looking to buy a bulldog you will find that most breeders range their pet bullys around the price of up to$1800 mark.

Be wary of the "great deals" and "cheap puppies" that you see for sale in newspapers as such poorly bred puppies, if they come from nonprofessional puppy mills may cost you a lot more in the end - not just in terms of money, but also the heartache of owning a dog that has health problems. As with anything we will often get what we pay for and a living creature like a dog it only makes sense to pay for a quality upbringing!

Do Bulldogs Get along With Cats & Other Pets?

Yes! We've seen everything from German Shepherds to Daschunds cuddle up with another dog or a wee kitten and the bulldog and bully mix is no exception to the rule. Of course, common sense has to be used if you are planning on introducing a puppy into a home that already has a dog, or any other living creature, in residence.

This applies to even your friends and any strangers that may enter your home...dogs, especially the bulldog are very loyal and somewhat territorial so care should be taken when contemplating such visitations or combinations. The bulldog, not being aggressive breed by nature, love to make friends with other animals more so than with new people but they can take to your new boyfriend with a little coaxing and a few doggy treats!

Introducing a new member of your family or bringing a new pet, whether cat or dog, may be harder on the pet you already have, so patience is the key to making it work. Let any new pets get to know one another only under your strict supervision. Once the bond has been made things will go smoothly but don't expect two or more unacquainted animals to suddenly fall in love...it happens to people but such infatuation is rare between dogs or among different species.

Take it slow and it will work but always take such introductions slow and with you in control much the same as you've seen with Caesar and the Dog Whisperer!

Bully Breeds & Children

Bulldogs and pit bull mixes absolutely love kids! Ask almost any dog owner who has a properly raised bull mix terrier or other combination and they all agree that they are very patient and tolerant with children, they are very gentle and loving. That being said, no child should ever be left unsupervised with any dog, no matter what sort of dog, because children often do not understand the proper way of handling a young puppy and could hurt the fragile newborn or even cause pain to an older pup.

How many times have we seen editions of The Planets Funniest Animals and seen some hapless puppy or kitten being dragged literally by the whiskers or the tail as some young, well-meaning child, drags the poor animal into a baby carriage to push around the living room! In situations like this even the most patient dog may bite the young hand that doesn't know any better!


Do Bulldogs Make Good Watchdogs?

Not really. If you are looking for a watchdog then a bulldog or a bully mix will not necessarily attack someone entering your home. You see, because of their temperament, Bulldogs simply will not act like a typically trained attack dog. They may bark, and make no mistake they will protect their family if they feel they are in danger, but they should not be considered as a formal watchdog.

As was discussed earlier the aggressive traits have been gradually bred out of this breed and there are other dogs more suitable for being a watchdog. That being said, a bull dog mix will behave like most dogs and bark at any disturbance and due to their loyalty may be a good choice for a family pet that also provides the minor protection needed to make a family feel comfortable.

Is A Bully Right For Active People?

Like almost all dog breeds the bullies will be great companions for active people and love to encourage their families to move and get outside!

Of course; and if you are active then involve your bulldog in your activities; just leave the dog at home if you are going running. The bulldog is not considered a very active breed and an adult cannot take long periods of exercise. Because of the way your dog is built, being so stocky and low to the ground often with short little legs makes running, except for very short spurts, not something that the Bulldog is built for or will enjoy.

He will be much happier watching an hour of Animal Planet on the TV curled up on your sofa beside you when you return home from your jogging routine. But they simply love going to the park or to the beach or anywhere else that requires only moderate exercise. They love going for rides in the car or truck but as with all pets never leave the dog unattended even for short periods of time in a car.

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They shouldn't be fat! More like pleasantly plump. As is the case with any dog, regular moderate exercise and a well-balanced diet will control the weight problems in Bulldogs.

Keep in mind they are very "solid" dogs who are designed very wide and not very tall. So sometimes when they look like what may be considered fat, they are just stocky. (Like any dog, you should be able to feel the ribs fairly easily, but not able to see the ribs sticking out).

An excess of weight puts undue strain on the heart and joints of the dog. The official breed standard for the bulldog says: "The general appearance should suggest great stability, vigor, and strength".

What kind of toys should you give your bulldog?

Try...Bulldog Toys! :)

All young puppies will want to chew on most anything and they don't know the difference between a ball of string and a pair of leather gloves so purchase safe chew toys for your puppy and train them early that these toys are what they are allowed to chew on. Dog toys need to be almost indestructible so buy the dog toy that has a lifetime warranty from a reputable manufacturer.

Don't buy your puppy any toy she could swallow as it may get lodged or stuck in her throat. Nylon chew toys are quite safe and are available at all pet stores.

Chew toys will also help in your Bully's dental hygiene as well but do not give your bulldog puppy rawhide sticks or other unusual or bone products like pig ears and pig hooves because these are not safe chew toys.


House Training

If you want the housebreaking to go quickly and want to effectively follow the expert advice on house training a bulldog then regardless of the method you use you need to spend as much time as possible with your puppy. Probably the most important rule to remember when house training your dog is: If you don't catch your puppy doing it then don't punish him for it!

You have to praise your puppy when things go right so you need to ensure that the only time you interact is when your puppy has done something bad and you sternly scold her with a loud "no" .

If they do something right, let them know and as we stated earlier the house training of your puppy should begin with a good, constant feeding and watering routine; establish set times for eating from the beginning and feedings should be scheduled whenever someone will be home take or have your puppy go to the right spot for a bathroom break. Most puppies like to eliminate within 20 minutes after a meal and your house training will be very successful if you can take the puppy outside at these times right after the meal as this puts the focus on this chapter of house training on teaching your puppy where to go to the bathroom.

With such encouragement, your puppy will soon learn that where to go is outside and not in your favorite pair of slippers!

Inside the home, in the day to day schedule of a family's daily life supervision and confinement are the most important tools in successful house training. Keep him in the room with you, using a leash if necessary when she is younger to prevent her from wondering off; eventually the leash won't be necessary as the dog will learn not to go wandering.

If you start to notice a restlessness or the start of whining bring the dog outside. If you cannot supervise your puppy during these times then confinement may be required. Try using protective child gates or the dog crate but don't confine the puppy so often that it feels isolated.

A bulldog puppy is a sociable creature and needs to be with people or other pets. When you take your dog outside, you need to let her know what she is supposed to do.

Repetition is important in dog training and taking them to the same place through the same door with the same leash is a good way to build positive habits. Use a key phrase to encourage him so when she actually begins to eliminate, shower the dog with praise and once she has eliminated, it is a good time to play as the process of reward, praise and encouragement will go a long way if you take the time to continue doing it.

Always make sure you make the dog understand that you are the boss; the leader of the pack!

The Crate & Potty Training

What some people call "Crate Training" is one of the most important things we need to do if we want to follow the rules for potty training. The first thing is to make your puppy's crate a place that she likes and never use the crate as a form of punishment.

A good idea is to give a puppy treat when you first put the puppy in the crate; you can put their favorite blanket or towel along with their preferred toy in the crate. Putting a sheet or a thick quilt over the crate and leaving just the door side open up will allow the puppy to see out, and you to see in; this makes it almost like a cave which is actually a natural environment for a dog and this cave will make them feel more secure and they will enjoy the homey atmosphere!

If you continuously repeat these steps she will get the idea that the potty and the place to take a poo is outside. Always make sure to really "praise" the animal after she does her business, whether it is a number one or a number two and reinforces the behavior with rewards and treats.

A puppy really doesn't quite understand all this until he is two or three months old and sometimes even older but it is your job, and it will work, if you are consistent as this consistency of rewards and praise makes the puppy understand what inside and outside is for. It requires keeping one eye open all the time but eventually the dog will catch on. As I said before, never use your crate as a form or in connection with punishment!

If you have a backyard that you can close off with a fence and arrange it so the dogs' crate has access to the fenced in kennel area and can still get back to the crate for naps and security sessions. Make sure you buy the right size dog cage which is one that has the floor space that provides just enough for the puppy to lay down.

The cage will be useful throughout a dog's life so choose a model that comes with or has a divider panel as an accessory so you can adjust the space inside the cage and the one cage will accommodate your dog as she grows. Using too large of a crate can often cause some unwanted and long term problems because often, if the cage is too spacious, the puppy will go poo and pee in one corner of the cage and the dog will start tracking the urination and defecation all around the cage and on her blankie and...ewwww!

The bulldog instincts about not soiling its bed or laying in the mess will be forgotten if this occurs in the too-large cage, and the puppy will soon be doing it regularly when placed in the crate and the housebreaking method has turned into a behavioral problem as the bulldog hygienic habits become its way of life.


Do Bulldogs Snore?


Yes the bulldog will snore. And it can be quite a loud little sleeper to boot! Because of their short breathing passages Bulldogs do have the tendency to snore. This trait is not unusual for the short nosed dog breeds and it is something the dog lover who is considering owning a bulldog should be aware of. Because of the skeletal structure and skull shape of the bulldog head they can snore extremely loudly!


The Bully Breeds

Belonging to the "bulldog" and "Bull & Terrier" groups of pure-bred dogs. They are often mis-identified, mis-labbeled, or delibrately called "pit bulls". Many owners of such dogs face prejudice and may be the target of physical and even verbal attacks and campaigns on social media.

Breed Specific Legislation is a way for governments and local authorities to generalize and demonize entire breeds despite the fact that a small percentage of the bully breeds are a danger to society. Often any dangerous behaviour can be traced back to deliberate formation and training by owners.

Below is an example of some of the "bully breeds" and it shows the physical differences in the branches of the genetic tree. Some breeds have been ommitted as they are extremely rare or do not face the same stigma of being labelled as a dangerous dog or mislabbeled as a pitbull.
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