Finding the right dog and the things you want to keep in mind
Bully breeds are some of the most popular dog breeds in the world, but finding the bully breed that is best for you can be broken down by several variables. The process of finding the right dog or picking the best breed for your situation should be a well thought out decision.
After all this is a decision that will be a part of your life for the next ten to fifteen years and the best fido fit gives you the best chance of being happy with your decision! Let’s look at factors that best suit the average situation. The five factors we will look at will be activity level, environment, housing, schedule, and experience in dog breeds.
Activity level has everything to do with your activity level! Do you like running, walking, or are these activities best done in Grand Theft Auto video games? If you have a very high activity level and are constantly out and running in the outdoors, you may want to look at some of the more active bully breeds when finding the right dog.
The ones who are built more to not only be energetic, but the ones who are built to be athletic! The first breed we would recommend would be the American Pit Bull Terrier! The breed is the true bionic bully and will go all day! After the APBT, we would recommend the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the newly developed Shortybull. Although smaller than the APBT, they are highly capable and functional and will be able to keep up with the most active of owners!
Finding the right dog and environment
Environment should be considered when finding the right dog. It is taking in the living conditions as far as how you live, more so than space. Do you have children? Are you elderly? Do you have neighbors? Cats and other dogs? All of these factors go into evaluating the environment in which your Bully breed will be kept. First we would like to point out that all bully breeds are adaptable and can do well in any environment.
Almost all bully breeds love children and learn to respect boundaries rather quickly, when it comes to children or the elderly. Other pets are another story and many bully breeds can struggle or need discipline in this environment, as they can be animal aggressive, or dominate. Children we don’t discredit any of our bully breeds and the same can be said for the elderly.
When it comes to other pets and finding the right dog, we place the English Bulldog first, followed by the French bulldog. Although they rank the highest in our suggestion category, they both need to be supervised and taught to respect their housemates.
Housing, when finding the right do, is involving how you are going to contain your bully. Loose in the house, crate, kennel, or chain. If you are going to primarily keep your bully in your home then almost any bully breed will work. Temperature controlled environments will work for any bully breed. Yet if you have to contain your bully outside in the elements there are bully breeds that will thrive and breeds that will not do so well in the outside temperature changes.
Although bully breeds are regarded as hardy, the bully breeds that we recommend for the outdoor housing situation are the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Bully and the hardy Staffordshire Bull Terrier. All three breeds can excel in kennel situations or dog run cables. We should never forget that the breeds mentioned are short coated and the proper shelter will have to be provided to ensure their health and well being.
Also, when finding the right dog, your personal schedule is one of the largest factors in what breed you choose, but also in regards to if this bully breed is going to die in your home after living a long eventful life, or be abandoned on the side of the road, or at the local animal control. Do you work twelve hour days, or are you at home all day? Your schedule is what determines if your new found bully is going to be a dream, or a headache.
If you grab the highly energetic variety of any of these breeds and are going to be gone all day, prepare for a destructive, loud, messy bully. For those who do have a busy schedule, but do require bully breed love, we recommend the French Bulldog. The Frenchie as it is often called loves human interaction and requires it from it’s owner, but many do well loose in a home waiting for the return of their owner after a long days work.
The breed can be destructive, however and can suffer from separation anxiety. Other bully breeds can also do well, and there are examples of all the breeds doing well with today’s pet owners busy life schedules.
The last factor we want to go over is dog experience. How many dogs have you owned, how many bully breeds and for how long. For the overly experienced owner who has had many dogs, especially other bully breeds, any of the breeds would be a great fit. However, for the first time bully owner selecting the right bully breed separates success from failure.
The breeds we suggest for the first time Bully owner are the Boston Terrier, the French Bulldog, and the English Bulldog. These breeds come with their own set of issues for the first time bully owner, however, their size and general demeanor can still lead for a fulfilling pet and owner relationship. That’s not to say the other bully breeds would be a bad fit for the first time bully owner, but they may be a tad bit more challenging when finding the right dog.
The American Pit Bull Terrier for instance is a popular choice for first time dog owners, and although they are a great breed in general, their dominant personalities and pure power can be too daunting of a training task for the novice owner. The Staffy Bull and the Shortybulls energy levels may drive a normally sane person completely insane. So if you do choose one of these bully breeds on your quest of finding the right dog, make sure you choose the pup that best fits your experience level.
As I stated at the beginning of this blog post, we want everyone to know that there is not a bad bully breed, but there is definitely a right bully breed for you! Finding the right dog or selecting the right breed will come down to many factors, but whether that bully breed selects you, well that comes down to one factor only, and that factor is you!