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Monday, August 29, 2011

English Bull Terriers: Proof that God, and perhaps the English, have a sense of humor


White Bull Terrier


I know that as long as I live with Gracie, I'll never be able to say, "Well, now I've seen it all." Bull Terriers have a personality that means they're always finding new ways of interacting with the world. Both their comical expressions and their penchant for antics show me that God at least, must have a sense of humor.

For those of you not yet familiar with the breed, Bull Terriers were deliberately bred by an Englishman, James Hinks, to be a gentleman's companion. Either Mr. Hinks failed to communicate this adequately to the breed, or he actually believed a gentleman required a companion with a strong sense of humor. Bull Terriers are notorious goofballs, commonly compared to clowns and three year olds in dog suits. Bull Terriers don't seem to care about Sir Issac Newton's observation, "For every action their is an opposite and equal reaction."


Hinks originally bred for the white Bully. And note here - properly speaking, this is the "Bully" and a Staffordshire terrier is a "Staffy" -- people who are not particularly familiar with either often confuse the two. The Bull Terrier is sillier than the Staffordshire.










Bull Terriers are either White, or Colored; colors include brindle, red and white, and tri-colored (black, red, white.) Brindle is the most common color but there are many coat variations that occur even amongst brindle Bullies.



Brindle Bull Terriers



















Bull Terriers generally love children. Gracie adores my nephews; when they were all younger we had to watch them closely as they would all get too excited playing together and eventually someone would get knocked over. Although not a very large dog - Gracie is just 39 pounds of muscle and bone - this is a very powerful breed. Power and excitement mean that Bullies are often too much dog for very young children, unless there is constant supervision and separation when the excitement level gets too high. A mature Bull Terrier however, is a fantastic companion for kids, as they will tolerate all kinds of playing yet protect the child with their life.



"Why you should never
leave a child alone with a Bull Terrier"



I love this photo, that has been making the rounds for awhile now; this is a White Bull Terrier who is getting a little temporary tattoo work from a friend. Like I said, the breed will put up with a lot of kinds of play. I don't recommend leaving any young child alone with a dog because freak accidents can always happen; I am just as confident allowing Gracie to play with my nephews as any dog I've ever lived with and trained. I know she is more devoted to them than some past canine family members.














This breed however, as I always say, seriously not for everyone.
People who like a quiet, predictable routine will find that a Bull Terrier likes to mix things up too often.
This is also a breed that seems to be wanting to try everything once.

Tri-colored Bull Terrier


The other morning for example I was cleaning in the kitchen when I heard something in the next door dining room. I walked in, in time to catch Gracie standing on the table. She'd never thought to try this before and we had a little talk about how this was a big "NO" and not to be tried again. But hey - how does a girl know until she tries? That's her attitude about most things.

My Dad isn't one of Gracie's biggest fans -- but how did he really know he didn't love her until she leaned up and licked his ear?
How did she know rubber couldn't be digested until she swallowed it?
How did she know she couldn't run off the end of her leash until she tried to?
How did she know the big Wolfhound at the kennel wasn't a playing type of dog until she offered to play?
And isn't the whole wide world a potential best friend?
(Except for my brother, who she really, really doesn't like - probably due to his very deep, booming voice which causes her to bark every time she hears it.)




Wow - 4 Bullies sitting still at once!

Then there are the behaviors that are routine.
Great devotion, often displayed by allowing as little body space between dog and person as possible. Laying on top of or next to people is a cherished activity.
Zooming. Sometimes around a room, sometimes in and out of a room, sometimes at great force into the furniture.
Smiling. This is a very happy breed.


Red and White Bull Terrier



Bull Terriers can be very good with other animals; like all terriers, they do best if they are raised with other animals and trained to respect other animals. Gracie has learned to live with cats and a pet rabbit; her sister who was not raised with other animals had a strong prey drive and wanted to kill the rabbit. She is now living in a happy home as an only animal.

 

White Bull Terriers may have black markings on their heads
 
For those who like adventure, training, a little unpredictable activity every day, a little bit of a challenge sometimes, someone to supervise your every activity, a playmate who also likes to curl up and sleep with you, ride in the car with you, walk, run, jog with you - this might be a breed worth considering. IF you are a somewhat flexible person. I can't imagine an inflexible person being happy with a Bull Terrier and vice verse.


I also welcome other people's experiences, stories, and pictures of Bull Terriers they've met or lived with. If you're having trouble posting, or if you have a picture you would like to share, send it to me at cmoslund@gmail.com

 
Gracie multi-taksing again:
chewing carpet corners while playing with "approved" toys

Katie, Rehomed through Bully Rescue

Bull Terrier rescue has been fantastic in my experience. They work hard at both assessing the individual dog and giving the dog a head start on training, before sending them into a new home. Each state basically has their own Bull Terrier rescue representative; contact me if you have trouble finding contact information for your nearest breed rescue representative.
Smiling Brindle Bull Terrier


Bull Terrier approx. 1915



One of General Patton's Bull Terriers, circa 1945



Willie, after Patton's death


Modern Bull Terrier

86 comments:

  1. Wow, what an interesting breed. Their head just amazes me - it is so different from any other breed I know of. They sound like a lot of fun and challenge. I hope some day I'm luck enough to meet a bull terrier... Kathy

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    1. I raised these White Cavaliers for some years and there is NO breed more comical than this one. My PRINCESS was precious to me and my daughter, now 45, would spend hours with her laying on her tummy, on the grass, in the back yard. Princess, another trait of the B.T., would get so excited she would jump up and down, as though on a trampoline, and often spin in mid air. Puppies! are the most fun you could ever have and observe with this breed.. They have more energy than most breeds but all terriers are packed with energy anyway. I have people tell me they look like a cross between a rat and a pig because of their unique football-shaped skulls. . I sure miss having one.

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    2. Thanks so much for stopping in Patricia. Perhaps you'll have a Bull Terrier to share life with again one day? Life is much quieter when there isn't a Bully spinning, leaping, and cuddling in your life :-)

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  2. Lol, there is certainly a meeting of a Bull Terrier in your future Kathy...probably soon after your return from China.

    James Hinks must have had an interesting sense of good looks :-) Although, the head of the Bully continued to evolve after Hinks. The egg shaped head is certainly the most visually distinctive feature of the breed.
    I'll see if I can find a picture of an earlier generation of Bully so people can see how they continued to change for generations.

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  3. Okay, I've posted a couple of pictures of the changes that have taken place in the Bull Terrier in almost a hundred years. Some breeders are going too far in rounding the breeds profile; I haven't posted any of these extreme pictures - the last picture I posted is getting close to too round in my opinion.

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  4. I have to say as a bull terrier owner (of two; a boy, Badger, and a girl, Daisy -- both completely and utterly mad) that this was extremely enjoyable to read! Gracie sounds absolutely adorable!

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  5. Why thank you so much Kitt!

    Living with Gracie sometimes I have to remind myself just how adorable she is - like when she and Lab sister Lil managed to break the front picture window, "She's just so adorable," I said to myslef, "How can you mind that she smashed a window?" :-)

    I just cannot remember how life managed to be interesting before Gracie came along.

    If you have pictures of Badger and Daisy that you'd like to share, please send them to me and I'll happily post them!
    cmoslund@gmail.com

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  6. I think most bullie owners can sympathize with you there! I've had nothing so drastic as a window, but there has been a fair few small (and fairly expensive) electronic devices sampled in the mouths of my wee pigdogs. Their 'adorableness' is unavoidable!

    And, ooh, that sounds like an offer I can't resist! There'll be some piccies warming your inbox in a jiffy. :-)

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  7. Ah yes, the tasty electronics! Gracie's favorite seems to be power chords for computers. More expensive than average chords - nothing but the best for my girl!

    Since my new post (Sept. 23) is also about Bullys and particularly Gracie, perhaps we will soon have some of Kitt's pics there - yeah!

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  8. Im on my third Bully and would not have another breed. My current dog Bullet, He thinks he is Bullet proof is a handsome white boy with brindle patches. He loves cats, teenagers, tennis balls, food and most importantly a couch or under the bed covers to sleep.

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  9. Sounds like Bullet and Gracie have a great deal in common. Cuddling under the covers is always a favorite, as are food and children.

    If you'd like to share a Bullet picture I'd be happy to post it - cmoslund@gmail.com

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  10. This bought a smile to my face as i read it. I have a 10 month old bully boy named Boogie.. his favourite thing is to bring bones into the bed when we least expect it and leave smelly bone chips everywhere!

    This is my first time owning a bully and for me there is no other breed now.. I am utterly in love! :)

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  11. Glad to hear this brought a smile - there certainly is something about living with a bully isn't there...sort of like fungus, they grow on you in ways that just can't be described ;-)

    I can't even remember how life seemed full before Gracie now.

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  12. I really enjoyed everyones posts and happy to hear others have had more than one of this breed. Sadly yesterday my baby,Cabo passed away in my arms. He was only 7 yrs old!! I've had several breeds of dogs BUT Cabo hands down changed my life! My husband is already thinking of getting another but I feel he just can't be replaced with another, even if it is the same breed. Can someone who has lost their bully and decided to get another tell me if there's a huge difference in personalities and habits? BTW I know all dogs are different but just wanted to know just how different. Many thanks!!
    ~Yolanda

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    1. Yolonda- I also just lost the love of my life...Capone a english bull terrier...Capone was all white w/ blue eyes...he was amazing and not a day goes by that I don't miss him and think of him! Capone was 6 1/2 years old and went into kidney failure this past october-it totally broke my heart having to say goodbye-but as he lay in my arms for the last time I told him how much I loved him and that it was okay to close his eyes....but as he drifted off I told him when the time was right to please send us another bully...as loving.funny and silly as he was!!! We now have a red/white bully named Willow-of course she will NEVER be Capone-but she has helped us heal and she has brought alot of life back into our home! I am sure Cabo is watching over you and when you are ready to open your hearts and home again you will know it...I believe once you have a bully-there are just no other dogs tht will do...of course all dogs are special...but once a bully lover-ALWAYS a bully lover!!!! Best wishes to you ....Willow and Capone's mommy!!!!

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    2. I'm glad to hear you have Willow now - each one is so special in their own way. Each has their own spirit to love and makes their own place in our hearts. I hope you have a long and happy life with her :-)

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    3. Hello there.
      My Bully Jack passed away six years ago. I was about to write a great long piece about life with Jack, but find myself misting over a bit. He was my right hand man, my daughters pillow and playmate and he really would have happily put his life on the line to protect her or my wife. When I got up to get coffee in the morning he would be in the bed under the covers with his head on the pillow before I got out of the door. I miss him like a brother.

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    4. I'm sorry to hear of your loss - I know too well the hole that a beloved dog can leave. I hope your good memories are a comfort. Perhaps there is another dog who can share your life and benefit from your love now?

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  13. Yolanda,

    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. You're right - no second dog can replace a previous dog. People are different about how soon they are ready for another dog.

    When I pick a member of a same breed to live with, I try going with a different gender/color to make them a little less obviously comparable. In this case I would consider adopting a female who is a different color than Cabo.

    Whatever you decide my very best wishes.

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    1. Thanks black cats rock. We decided to try to get another one. We decided to go for a puppy but was scammed today by 2 different people in 2 different states, working together. I even had their references which turned out to be fakes. I'm so crushed because we're out of the money but worse the puppy! I have so much heartache this month that we're going to take a break on getting another dog for now.

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    2. Oh Yolanda, that is heartbreaking! I certainly understand needing to take a break after all that.

      This doesn't work for everyone but would you consider perhaps working with Bull Terrier rescue? There is a fee for adoption but it is MUCH more reasonable then paying for a puppy. While you will miss out on the puppy antics, you usually get an already house trained dog, you will know something about their personality traits, and usually the rescue has started the training for good habits.

      A lot of people give up on Bullies when they are teens; sometimes family situations also lead to needing to rehome -- there are lots of very nice boys and girls who end up in Bully Rescue. If adoption is an option you would consider - basically every region in the U.S., plus other geographic areas like Canada and Britain (and I'm guessing a lot more) have Bully rescues. Plus, if you think a regular Bully is a velcro dog, wait until you adopt one!

      Wherever your road leads you, I wish you the very best!

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  14. Waiting to move into my own apartment to purchase a bully. I am facinated by this breed and can't wait to share my bed and other crazy silly moments and challenges with my bestfriend. -Adriam Lazcoz. Miami, FL.

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  15. Hi Adriam, thanks so much for stopping by!

    Have you spent time around a Bully before? Living with one, I'm sure you will find, is always an adventure. They are a LOT of energy - by the time you get to bed you'll be pretty tired :-)

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  16. We got an English Bull Terrier from bulliesinneed.info, he was four and a half years old and called Austin or Mr Ozzie by his previous owner (sad story behind her having to give him up, he was never abused/neglected though) so we call him Ozzie now. People who thought they didn't like English Bulls have been completely won over by him, and even people who aren't usually struck on any kinds of dog! He is especially fond of the limited space between himself and people thing, he loves lying directly on top of people, often nose to nose so he can gaze into their eyes; we call it "getting Ozzed" xD He is simply delightful :)

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    1. Ah yes, the Bully lean :-) Graice makes me feel very loved: she sits on the couch next to me, leans backwards so she's resting on me, and gazes into my eyes. Other times, she just jumps into my lap, or flops on top of me - they do so hate to be apart.

      Thanks so much Jenny for giving Ozzie a great home. It sounds like his previous owner didn't want to give him up - wonderful that he got new people who would also appreciate and love him. If you'd like to share a picture of two, please email me, cmoslund@gmail.com
      And thanks so much for taking time to share :-)

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    2. I've just sent four photos to you, and probably a bit too much information to go with them :D Yes, Oz actually belonged to a couple but was more the husband's dog, and when he became ill and then died (Ozzie would lie with him every day because he was too weak to move), his wife couldn't take Ozzie to work and felt he wasn't getting the attention he needed (about ten hours a day on his own - with us, most days he's never alone for more than a couple of hours even at night), and because of a Bully's nature she wanted him to have the love and attention he craves and deserves. She was a lovely lady and she and I both cried as my dad and I drove away with him :(

      But it's worked out for the best and we are all happy now, knowing Oz is positively adored by all who meet him :)

      I love "the Bully lean," what a great phrase! Ah, these wonderful creatures ;)

      Thank you for your response :)

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    3. Thanks for the photos Jenny! Lovely fellow your Ozzie :-) (I also see you mention how old he was here...my bad memory.)

      I hope to have a post of reader photos up before the week is over. I'm actually out of town and away from my home computer at the moment...hopefully by Wednesday. Please don't hesitate to send more Ozzie photos my way!

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  17. My Bully is a rescue dog, Dozer ( please place in front of the name -Bull for his proper name and abilities) was a dog I traveled two hundred miles to rescue from a dog pound. He, we think was touted as a 6 year old, but hell I suggest hes more like 4 at most. I've owned bullies for most of my life, be it at home in my country of birth (UK) and here now in the US, and of all the dog breeds I cannot think of a more loyal and entertaining companion. Nothing says I love you than a full body bully press, that and the nose used as a prying tool for loving.

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  18. Bull Dozer sounds delightful :-) I agree, nothing says I love you like a Bully barreling across a room, leaping onto you and pressing themselves into you with all their mighty love. Sometimes I think Gracie is going to love me into a rib fracture.

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  19. I love my English Bull Terrier more than life itself. I cant imagine my world without him in it. He would die to protect me and I would do the same for him. Quis Separabit my friend xx

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  20. i have 2 bullies pickles who is 2 years old and Peggy who is 5 months old. Absolutely love them to bits. These 2 are my babies. Pickles is very laid back and relaxed whilst Peggy is very feisty and gives poor pickles a run for his money. Ha ha. As i write this they are both lay out on the sofa with there daddy doing what they do best . . .taking a nap. X x

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    1. They sound like an adorable pair.

      Pictures always welcome...cmoslund@gmail.com

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  21. Hi, your picture - "white bull terriers may have black markings on their heads" is of my Bull Terrier Nettle with Evil Lilly Cat on her. Amazing where photos end up in the age of the internet! Nettle lives in New Zealand, has just celerbrated her 8th birthday on April 16th and Lilly cat turns 9 in September. From memory this photo would have been taken around 2007.

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    1. I'm so glad you stopped by! It is amazing where our pictures end up once they are online. I found that picture on someone else's site doing a general search - good pictures end up everywhere :-)

      I'm also glad that we keep adding to our portrayal of the world wide Bull Terrier...we have pictures from a very nice global distribution right now, and I always welcome more - cmoslund@gmail.com

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  22. I had my white bull terrier for almost 17 years. Throughout his life he shared the house with rabbits who were always loose. During this time I went to the dog pound and brought home a sweet and wonderful cocker spaniel. No problem. As I went out to work each day, I'd see Duke hauling his white butt up onto the couch and a bunny lying out on the ottoman. I'd say, "'Bye, Dukie! Don't eat the rabbit!" He never did.
    Miss you, Big Guy.

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    1. 17 years! What very good care and devotion you must have shared with this friend.

      Gracie lives with cats, dogs, and used to be very curious about the rabbit(who passed from cancer); Gracie would watch the rabbit and wag her tail whenever he hopped near her -- but I did always keep a wire 'play pen' between them because a frightened rabbit is prone to heart attacks and I thought in her joy and abandon Gracie might otherwise decide to hop onto the bunny.

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  23. Two years ago I lost my baby boy to a house fire. Smoke inhalation was too much for his little fourteen year old lungs. He stayed by mine and my mum's side while I tried to help her get out of the house. He would not leave us - as much as I told him to run away, yelling and screaming for him to run.. He'd not budge. He was a fox terrier named Spud. He wasn't your run of the mill Foxie, there was something different about him...very clown-like, yet kind, gentle and beautiful. He and I were inseparable - I was there when he was born, and I held him in my arms when he took his final breath. We were each other's world and we shared so many moments together... He was incredible. Two years on there is a hole in my heart that needs to be filled. I'm ready for another best friend, and while researching different dog breeds, I keep being drawn to bull terriers. I've always admired their beautiful "egg-heads" and silly antics.. but after reading countless stories of people's experiences with them as friends I've just simply fallen head over heels in love with them. We'll see what happens in the future.. :)

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    1. Emily, I'm so sorry for your loss. Good luck in finding your new companion canine. I doubt you'll be disappointed with a Bully :-) Terrier people will have trouble finding faults with this breed.

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    2. Thank you BCR. Also thank you for writing this article. I'm glad I stumbled upon it :) Once I am financially stable and on my feet again, I will very likely talk to some Bully breeders and meet some of their dogs if they allow it.. :)

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    3. hi, my name es abel vicente, im from lima peru, and i have 3 cute dogs , their names are rubi, yuma y china, they are bull terrier and they are my friends , in my country the people think that the bull terrier are dangerous dogs but my pets are so cute and easy well they are my frienda and i love them....

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    4. Thank you for stopping in! I'm glad that the breed has such lovely examples in Lima :) I think the best way for people to learn how nice Bull Terriers are is to meet well behaved examples of the breed. Thank you for showing people how nice these dogs can be!

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  24. I have a bull terrier named kimbo and he is our life! We love this dog so much. He cracks us up every day and as bad as his puppy stage was he makes up for it as a 3 year old. All that u described is kimbo to a T he is funny, energetic, spastic, and a cuddlier, we would love to get another one but just haven't found the right one. Jennifer Bennett

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    1. Jennifer, Kimbo sounds like a fun boy :-) I hope that when the time is right you find another Bully who fits into your family just as happily as he has.

      I always enjoy seeing pictures of other people's Bull Terriers - cmoslund@gmail.com

      Chris

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  25. Rattus CanadiensisAugust 9, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    This is one of my favorite breeds - I happened upon this page while looking up pictures. It was this picture:
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yWoeZa24gEg/Tlvg0_sPunI/AAAAAAAAAQs/ViV_T_fM7-Q/s1600/Abully01.jpg

    I was so amused by it - it took me a moment to realize they were sand-cast statues! So realistic!

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    1. Lol, yes, for better or worse one does not get a group of Bull Terriers to all sit still next to each, looking at the same spot like that outside of the world of art...very real looking though, aren't they ;-)

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  26. you aint kidding i have a mini bully 9 weeks old and OMG she is stubborn i call it their need for stimulation of brain 24/7 if you dont help them stimulate their brains they will find things on their own not necessarily good things to stimulate their brains

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    1. Thanks for stopping in! Very true - if you don't give a Bully something to do, they'll make their own fun. God luck with your girl -- I found that once Gracie hit 4 years she started to become just regular high energy, vs. hyper speed energy :-)

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  27. Hi, I'm from Italy and my bully is 2 year and a half, his name is Muttley, white, I think he is the laziest dog in the world! He loves to lie on my beds and couch, have no problem at all with male or female dogs, he's not dominant and he likes to play with dogs and sometimes people, well when he's not sleeping...he doesn't feel the heath of female dog and he's a cuddly, he has a strong prey istinct and of course is a foolish, my loved foolish bully. I love him to death and I fear the day I'll lost him, he's become such a huge part of my life. Bully forever!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by :-) I remind myself that I have to enjoy each moment I have with my pup - none of us live forever.

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  28. Got a red 9 month old called lexi , she is perfect , but hard work haha , picking up a brindle pup in 4 weeks , can't wait. Best breed out there , wouldnt even consider any other . Im gonna have my hands full but its gonna be worth it .

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    1. Two will be work - and fun. Good luck and send a picture if you can :-)

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  29. I have two, both white. one old fella, Morris aged 9, and one young whirlwind - Maisie who is 4. Unfortunately Maisie has premature cataracts that are advancing rapidly. One would think she would slow down, and im sure any other breed would.... The vet advises me that anotomically she is the best breed to be banging her head, due to her aptly shaped skull!!
    I have some fabulous pictures that I will send as soon as I can! x

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    1. Dee,
      Sorry to hear that Maisie has cataracts but I have a feeling she's going to adjust just fine. The head shape helps :-) Not rearranging the furniture helps too; dogs can adjust really well to finding their way around by smell and familiarity. (I have a friend with a dog who was born blind and he runs and plays.)

      I always love to see and share pictures! They can be sent to me at cmoslund@gmail.com
      Thanks for taking time to stop in,
      Chris

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  30. I have done months of research on the EBT breed and wanted to know are all of them full of nonstop energy as puppies and when they get older? I plan to walk my future puppy often but should I consider a treadmill to burn off the rest of the nonstop energy? It just seems like the EBT breed is perfect just everyone cautions me on the dog aggression and 24-7 energy they have.

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    1. Hi! EBT have a lot of energy. If you're an experienced dog person, then thing of the energy you'd expect from a sporting or working breed. (If you're not an experienced dog person, I really cannot recommend this as a first breed.)

      I suppose any breed can be taught to walk on a treadmill - not every individual dog will exercise well this way. The EBT has a long,narrow nasal passage and a stocky, sometimes bow-legged build which may make it uncomfortable for a Bully to workout on a treadmill - certainly it can be tried but used under very close supervision.

      It isn't just the physical exercise though, that is the issue - it is the very personality of the Bully. They do high energy, unpredictable things like jumping on tables and on people's heads (very literally - they will suddenly leap straight up while you are seated and jump on your head.) Training is very challenging with this breed.
      Again, if you have experience with energetic dogs then it is a challenge to train a Bully; if you don't have that kind of experience a Bully will be overwhelming.

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    2. Thanks for the quick reply! My English Bulldog passed away 8/4/12 and I currently own a French Bulldog. I am use to the Bully side with the tough to train and hard headedness just not the Terrier side. I am getting a puppy from a very reputable EBT breeder from the BTCA and I already am planing on getting a good dog trainer familiar with EBT's recommended from the local Bull Terrier club. I am ready for the 24-7 love and attention Bullies need which I can provide and I work from home so not worried about that. I have watched hundreds of EBT videos on youtube and they seem less energized than I expected so didnt know if I am missing something. Just seems like when I research and talk to my local vets they all make the EBT out to be a dog that has had one to many redbulls and is just nonstop energy with no down time.

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    3. Excellent :-) Sounds like you're well prepared to be an ideal EBT person!

      Like any terrier, the Bully isn't constantly in motion; they crash and sleep and snore like the Bulldog side that you're used to. They're a bit different from other terriers (or other dogs) in that they seem more prone to unpredictable activities and fits of energy. One minute they can be crashed out and you will think you have an hour to get something done - you leave the room and return to find they took the stuffing out of the couch while you were gone. And a lot of what they do they will only do once - so you don't see it coming. Like the day I walked in and found Gracie standing on the table. The only time she did it but one second she was quietly dreaming, the next, on the table.

      Since you have dog experience and will work with a trainer, I think you'll be fine. You're just in for a unique experience as far as a Bully being a bit unpredictable in their fits of energetic bursts :-) I think you'll also find that after living with a Bully, their uniqueness and fun, loving personality will be something you want in your life from now on. I also think most of them get 'calmer' (compared to what they were, not compared to other dogs) once they get to be 4+ years old.

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  31. Thanks so much for the quick reply! My last question is there a big difference between a male or female EBT? I am open to either gender and which ever I choose wiill be spayed or neutered. I am use to female dogs I have never owned a male is there a huge difference in personalities with EBT's?

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    1. You mentioned that you already have a Frenchie - I'm guessing this is a 'she'...? If so, then your EBT should probably be a male. There's a couple of reasons for this: if both dogs want to be in charge and they are both females (or males) then things will be worse; if your established dog is a different gender then the new dog, the new pup will tend to round out the pack as opposed to trying to 'replace' the older dog.

      Individual EBT will also sometimes have more disagreements with dogs of the same gender and you reduce the risk of this if your new pup is a different gender then the dog you already have.

      Now you have to make sure you come back and let us know how your pup is doing as he (or she) grows! You can also send me pictures - cmoslund@gmail.com - I'd love to see your dogs together!

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  32. Thanks for all the information and I will definitely email you pictures when I get my puppy!

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  33. Hi Just to say i happened upon your site while looking at pictures of ebt, we just lost our toddy 14 years of age to a tumour on the spleen yet three days before he still did the bully run round the garden, miss him so much, but when the time is right we will definitely get another one as so much love and character no other breed would be right, our toddy loved doing the bully tilt and was never happier while lying on top of you, loved your photos what a personality gracie is.

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    1. I'm so sorry for your loss.
      What a blessing that Toddy was able to enjoy every minute of life - zooming and loving. Some future EBT is going to be blessed with a very loving and understanding home with you.

      Thank you for taking time to comment. If you would like to work on a memorial post for Toddy here at Saved by Dogs, I would be happy to post pictures and stories - just forward info to cmoslund@gmail.com
      I also hope you'll stop back and let us know when you do eventually find the lucky new dog who will share your life.

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  34. I was just checking for pics of the breed, when I started reading about Gracie and everyone elses furry buddies. You are all such a wonderful caring group of fellow canine lovers, this has seriously made my week.
    I have had many pitbulls, and was wondering about trying a bully this time, after seeing Annie off to a place where I hope I will some day join her. Surely there must be dogs in Heaven. You all Rock!

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    1. Sorry I missed this comment when it was first posted!
      Sorry about the loss of Annie - I hope your memories provide comfort.

      My sister has a pitbull and I have to say, she is an overall 'calmer' dog than is a Bully...not that she's a quiet dog, just calmer than a Bully :-) What the breed shares in common is a desire to be with their people as much as possible - they're both love sponges.

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  35. Any tips for a new Bull Terrier owner my boy is going on 4 months old and is very nippy I have nylabones galore and bones galore also. He also absolutely hates walking on a leash. I have him enrolled in puppy classes and he loves other dogs and gets along well with them even though he bothers the hell out of my French Bulldog that is 8.

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    1. Nippiness - I remember the stage well.
      When a pup nips I immediately make a displeased sound like, "Ah!" and then offer the dog something they do like to chew, such as a squishy toy - they need to learn what they can chew on that is softer (bones meet a different need.)

      Leash walks - start short, make it a positive experience with lots of encouragement and happy sounds when he's going in the direction you want him to. I found a Holt harness was great for getting Gracie and Katie to walk, and walk in a way that didn't pull. (With practice and maturity your pup will probably be able to walk on a regular collar as an adult.)

      So great that you've enrolled in a puppy class! Hopefully if he's getting lots of exercise outside the home, he'll spend less time tormenting your Frenchie.
      (Gracie couldn't quit harassing my older Collie trying to get her to play, which is how I eventually ended up with a very energetic Lab who enjoys wrestling with Gracie.)

      Check back and let us know how things are going in the future!

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  36. Hi, I am glad to have found this site. I have been in rescue for many a years. Our group mainly go into mills and pull out the survivors. Besides fostering and adopting mill survivors.. I have owned Mastiffs, Saints and Dobermans, I thought I knew dogs. All of that went to the wayside when I met Sophie. Looking through my local humane society website there was a bull terrier..purebred. Being in rescue and seeing what humans do I called and asked them to hold her for me. Immediately after seeing her I knew I had to adopt her so she wouldn't fall into the wrong hands. She was older, unspayed and had many scars mainly on her face and head. What I found was a breed that I never knew existed. Not meaning I didn't know this breed existed but didn't know what absolutely loving, kind and thought provoking dogs they are. Sophie is teaching me all about her breed. Though she has the greatest disposition I didn't know the power behind her silly look and odd body. When she wants to get around a gate well if you can't ..you go through it... when there is a shower door that is inbetween you and the one you love...if you can't open it ..you push through until it does open. Bi-fold doors..no problem..they become swinging doors when you want to play with the ball on the other side. On the bed is not an issue..if there is not enough of room..you siimply climb up, you walk on and sit on anyone ..that is fine, its comfy enough. Am I preaching to the choir here.....The longer we live with Soph..the more we love her. The more we love her, the more we laugh. She has been the most delightful girl to live with. Keeps us on our toes but keeps our arms full of puppy love.

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    1. Suzy - I'm so glad you found us - and Sophie!
      There certainly isn't another breed that is like the Bully, although I think it is best if people have dog experience before adding a member of this breed to their life. I can't help but think that if someone who had never lived with dogs took on Sophie, they might have given up on her in the face of the energy and sense of humor that the breed is known for.

      I'm glad she finally has a person who can understand her :-)

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    2. Sophie in a pound in a city (an hour from us) and knowing how these dogs are perceived and wrongly so ... I was concerned as I was driving down to the pound for her and I had visions of Soph in a spiked collar walking the streets with some -------- showing off a tough looking dog.
      And I so agree with you how different they are. Being in rescue for over 30 yrs and showing dogs I have learned that "joe public" really does not understand that each breed is truly what they are. Working, sporting, herding and the others are categorized for that reason. A couch potato person does not want a dog that needs exercise or less they will de-stuff the furniture. And a very active person doesn't want a companion who needs are to just to sit on their lap. When adopting out our rescues, we would have these applicants read through exactly what to expect from that breed. Many were refused when we learned about the family. Not because they were unfit but rather we knew that dog would be returned to us because it didn't fit in with the family.
      I have had my eye on a Bullie for sometime, I knew they were somewhat of a tough but sweet animal if that makes sense. What I have come to enjoy is to learn they are more sensitive and attentive than I realized. Does a Bullie fit into an elderly home..unless they are previous owners of this breed or their occupation was to wrestle rodeo bulls... its not a breed for them. Like I said she is so so sweet and loving, but that includes a full force t-bone or head on. LOL She has cleared our pretty good sized deck of chairs like bowling pins; grabbed a dinning chair with her teeth and in play pulled it to me in the other room. Bent the frame of a shower door because it was a barrier between her and I .. and made our bi-fold doors into swinging doors. But, we love her and she was not the first and wont be the last animal to do something to our home. ( I had a Saint who while I was in a store, ate my passenger seat in the front. LOL )
      I would enjoy any advice you have for me or anyone else has. I have learned one thing since I started with animals long ago... you can always learn something and foolish to think you know it all.
      Thanks for your response and looking forward to reading anything about these dogs (bulldozers with a brick for a head)...can't resist that smile though...

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    3. Suzy, I'm always happy to discuss dog stuff! Is there anything particular you're wondering about?

      I think it's important when living with a Bully to keep them occupied with a variety of activities. Walks, a toy stuffed with peanut butter, those puzzle toys with little pieces of kibble inside - and providing lots of affection :-) This is one breed that gets bored and will make their own fun if you don't provide entertainment for them. I also like to keep Gracie socialized and sometimes take her to a doggy play group that a local kennel offers. (I'm in a rural area without doggy parks.)

      How long has Sophie been with you?
      Have you discovered any unexpected challenges to sharing a home with her?

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    4. Thank you for responding so quickly. We have had Sophie for about a month. She is about five years old, maybe once a kennel dog since they found her wandering the streets of a town quite far from this city pound. I am assuming she was a kennel dog because she have many calluses on her elbows, hocks and other joint pressure area's. Also her pads are very very callused. She doesn't have any manners and does not know any commands at all. She is not spayed so again I am assuming but I feel she must have just been a bitch to be bred. She has some scaring across her face, around her cheeks, over her eyes. Of course I don't blame her for her lack of manners and knowledge of responding to simple commands. She is very very needy. The moment we picked her up she barked and barked until she was able to be with us every minute of the day. She knocks down fences to get to us. Breaks gates or doors and when she gets through she just wags her tail and sits or climbs up on us. We left her at the vet once to have her spayed and about fifteen minutes after we left we received a call from the vet stating she collapsed in the kennel waiting to be taken in for surgery. We had several tests taken such as blood work, xrays and various tests for certain diseases all coming back normal. Just the other day we left her for the day at home with the others and when we came back she took one look at me and jumped up, spun around and collapsed. Again rushed to vet and re-took blood work and nothing. Everything normal... I guess my first questiont to you is ..are all Bullies connected or dependent on one person as to do these things. Right now she is sleeping beside me.. if I get up she is up and leans on me. She walks in my way...barks if we are separated by a room...in the night if I get out of bed to use the bathroom she will get up and follow me and lean on me while I ..... During the night every night she checks me at least twice. Its just me.. If we take her for a ride... she will do anything she can to get out of her crate to come up front with me... which we don't let her so she throws up. We now have her in a harness and sits behind me on the floor as close to the front seat as possible. I am assuming she has this anxiety because she might of been a kennel girl who needed some love. She loves to be petted... during the day she will do what she can to get up on the bed and nap if I am watching tv in the bedroom. She licks me as much as she can.. Because her lack of manners she climbs up on the chairs, couches and sits behind me with her head on my back ... I know its important but I feel so sad sometimes because she looks at me when I tell her no and puts her head down and sits as close as possible to me. Mostly on me somehow.
      Sophie has a wonderful disposition. Tail always waggin, never ever engages in scuffle when the others will. She comes over to me and sits looking at me. Very very submissive. Ok.. need your imput and what you think ... about her ... how I should handle her lack of mannerisms... I might be a educated person about other breeds I have or have had but not Bullies so I am depending on you for help. Oh, she does not play with toys, just destroys them but give her a kong... she carries it all over. I feel she doesn't know toys because once again I think she was a kennel dog. We have given her treats in various toys and she just destroys or chews them to pieces including toys that are not indestructable ...then leaves them...again will not play with toys.. just her kong. Looking forward to your advice. If you want you can write me at rsqmilldogs@yahoo.com

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    5. I will respond to your email but just in case someone else comes across this thread - what Sophie is exhibiting is a mixture of separation anxiety and normal Bully behavior - which is why this breed isn't for everyone.

      Bullys are very emotionally attached to people and want to be with them all the time; they are notorious for having no sense of body space and crave physical contact, including leaning against, sitting on, climbing on furniture to be near etc. Gracie will also climb onto the back of the sofa in order to lean around my shoulders if she can't get close any other way.

      While some enjoy toys, the Bullies I've known generally prefer food motivated toys - like a Kong with something in it - or in typical terrier fashion, they like to disembowel toys. They will also play tug with toys but I agree with the line of thought that you don't want to encourage too much aggressive type play like tug.

      A basic obedience class can be useful for helping an anxious dog to learn to listen even while anxious, and around others, and can also give a dog a little more confidence. A class like this is more for socialization and practicing basic skills then a concern with strict obedience. Don't worry about you or your dog performing like stars, just relax and give the dog a chance to learn you are partners and can rely on each other - which can actually reduce their anxiety a little when you are apart.

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  37. What a really great read, on my 3rd bully now and definately a breed apart. Got my own wee bull terrier page on facebook scottish bull terriers

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping in - and please - share a link to your page! I'm sure people would love to check it out!
      Chris

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  38. I never really looked at bull terriers until I realized that I couldn't get a big dog (those were usually my priority). I like active, strong dogs that would be ideal for companions. Thus I looked at staffies and bullies. And now my miniature bull terrier is almost 4 years old. All other breeds I had before seem dull in comparison. I don't think it's even possible to switch to some other breed once you've had a bully.

    And my, for an introvert it's quite amazing. He lights up my days, constantly thinking of new goofy ways to have some fun! He is amazing and totally my baby.

    Your article is great for potential owners and probably one of the best breed descriptions I've read :)

    Bullies are just so positive and fun and loving and loyal. Amazing friends with such big, big hearts.

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    1. Its hard to be an introvert once a Bully bursts into your life :-)
      They tend to draw people to them and they're always up for an adventure.

      I hope you have many happy years with your boy!
      Thanks for stopping in.

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  39. I have recently become a bully mommy! I've had pitbulls only before. My nieces fell i love with my two year old pitbull boy at the time. Who was so relaxed withthe girls age 5 and 7. As much as i love him. I know hes ment to be with the girls. Its been two years and Im lonely and a little depressed i need to get out of this and be myself again. Im looking forward to learning about my new baby girl and all of your stories are so uplifting and positive. thank you all

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    1. Congratulations on your new girl!
      It was very kind of you to let your nieces take your Pitbull; with your new girl bouncing around your life I'm sure you are in for may new experiences - please let us know how things are going :-)

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  40. Reading everyones comments and replies are helping me understand Sophie more. While I am here.... I just wanted to let you know if you didn't already... as we travel often and sometimes up into Canada. A friend just made me aware of the new law in Ontario. The police have the authority to make a judgement call on any dog that looks even similar to a pitbull... to take the dog and have him/her put down. There need not be an incident. Its their judgement call. This includes tourist. As far as I can tell through a friend who lives in Canada this holds true. I will try to find out more and if anyone hears anything different or has more info please let me know. Until I am absolutely sure we will not take her with us.

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  41. Yeah, Bull Terrier are incredible dogs. They are a marvellous mix of nature and selection! They contain the best dog qualities and one can ever find more devoted and faithful friend! That`s why appearance is not so important in this case!

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    1. Very enthusiastic July! Thank you for stopping in :-)

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  42. the only thing i don't agree with is "leaving children alone with a bull terrier" ... the hand that holds the leash determines the outcome of the dog at the other end. "freak accidents" won't happen if your EBT was braught up right and same goes for your children - i have 4 EBT's and 2 boys (now aged 10 & 12) - The EBT's are between 3 & 6 years.

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  43. They look sweet in the pictures. Esp. that one getting the body artwork done.

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  44. Hello. Do you have a chapter in Puerto Rico? A brindle bully has been outside my home for 2 days now, apparently abandoned, still wearing his breast harness. He is very skinny, and walking stiffly, but otherwise unscarred and rather clean. I have given him food and water, but he wont let me touch him yet, and hasn't wanted to follow me into my front yard. I have 3 other dogs, so even if I manage to get him off the streets it could only be temporary. Please let me know.
    Thanx

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    1. Mergie - Thank you for trying to help this poor dog. I will provide links here to several rescues and a site which may be able to connect you with further assistance:
      Amigos de los Animales: http://amigosdelosanimalespr.org/
      Vieques Humane Society: http://www.viequeshumanesociety.org/
      Save a Sato: http://www.saveasato.org/

      Good luck! Chris

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  45. I raised two sons with a pair of Rotties - buster & tia. They both lived to approximately 12 years. I was then dogless for 10 years, couldnt bear the thought of replacing them with "just another dog" My youngest son, now 27, rescued Roxy the white bully from a breeder ??? She had produced two litters which she killed the first, then attempted to kill the second litter. She was desexed then disgarded by 21 mths. I was horrified.
    I then rescued her from my son who has no idea of the time and $$$ involved in keeping any dog. Roxy was 3 when I took her in and has been my 3 yr old child for the last 2 years. I cant believe how much I love her.
    I discipline her like shes a three year old...its hysterical...ex; I'll be watering the garden..all if a sudden she'll decide the hose jet is fair game...& dont worry about all those precious plants...so I stop and say " rox..if your going to behave like a pork chop you'd better go inside" ...looks at me with cow eyes..."go on I say...inside....off you go" head down ...off she goes to the lounge...I continue watering.....it just cracks me up how obedient she is.
    We have coffee & snuggley cuddles under the doona EVERY morning...short walks...toy time..etc. unfortunately Rox- mc' killa guttie is very dog aggressive.....and pretty much anything thats hairy with a heartbeat. Adores my grandkids and absolutly besotted with my son...her rescuer.
    Thankyou god for sending me Roxanna banana nose!

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