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Bull terriers

We are gonna get Indy a friend but are unsure of which dog to get.

I realised that I could get any dog I wanted and thought about which dog I had always wanted and Bull Terrier was my 1st thought.

Can any1 tell me a little bit about them, temperement, ways with kids and other pets etc Thanx


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I am sure Rhonda can give you a lot of good information.

Bully breeds are awesome, then again I am biased.
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Riley was my first Bull Terrier. She was so energetic and always on the go. She was a play biter and bit really hard, but I attributed that to the fact that she was deaf. When puppies are with their littermates they learn to not bite so hard when they hear their littermates squeal. Riley never learned that because she couldn't hear the other pups cry. Because of the hard play biting issue, I kept her away from my niece and nephew because I didn't want them to get bit and then be afraid of dogs. We were going to go to obedience classes after she was spayed, but sadly she died 10 minutes after her spaying was completed.

Mirra is my second Bull Terrier and is almost 4 months old now. She's going through a biting and teething stage but is learning to not bite so hard. She's great with my niece and nephew and hasn't bit them.

Both play(ed) quite hard, but where Riley was constantly on the go, never taking naps and not wanting to miss anything, Mirra will play hard and then cuddle up on the couch with me and nap.

They are clowns. Riley more so than Mirra, but they race around the house with a silly grin on their face and bounce off the furniture. At one point, Riley had been racing around, went to jump on the couch and completely missed it and crashed through a window. I would say that Riley was more energetic and crazy than what Mirra is now. Mirra is more lady like and a little more laid back.

They are very stubborn. I've told both of them NO so many times and they don't want to listen. In Riley case I shook my head NO so much that I thought I would suffer permanent neck damage.

Both love(d) to chase cats, but I think that's something all puppies go through. Plus, it would help if I had a cat that would actually stand up for itself. Hobo runs and hides in the computer room and Jag just lets himself get mauled. On the plus side, when Mirra gets ahold of Jag she just lays on top of him and doesn't bite.

Health concerns: Deafness is extremely common in the white ones. Kidneys need to be tested yearly with a simple blood test. Some Bull Terriers have a zinc deficiency or can't metabolize it at all. And, as I just recently and sadly learned, there can be concerns with the heart. Riley's heart was found to be defective and didn't function correctly which completely amazes me because she was constantly on the go and wouldn't slow down. Mirra will be going to see a dog cardiologist later this summer just so I'm not so paranoid. I've also read that some Bull Terriers are very sensitive to anesthesia because where most dogs have fat, bullies are mostly muscle and metabolize it differently.

Another health issue is obsessive/compulsive behavior and spinning. I was seeing signs that Riley was a spinner when she was about 6 months old. It started off as tail chasing and then went to just flat spinning in circles whenever she was bored or overly stimulated. I managed to curb the behavior somewhat by telling her NO or distracting her, but I think that could've become a big issue down the road. I've read that alot of Bull Terriers become so obsessed with spinning that they will do it for days on end. No eating, drinking, or sleeping....just spinning and their owners couldn't stop them or distract them.

Another thing is that they are VERY strong, even as young puppies. Riley came barreling at me full speed this past winter and knocked me down (to her advantage I was standing on an icy spot, but she still knocked me down). More than once she took off running when on her leash and caught me off guard and I thought she almost yanked my arm out of my shoulder.

If you haven't already discovered it, the initial cost of getting a Bull Terrier is a bit expensive.


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Another thing is that they are VERY strong, even as young puppies. Riley came barreling at me full speed this past winter and knocked me down (to her advantage I was standing on an icy spot, but she still knocked me down). More than once she took off running when on her leash and caught me off guard and I thought she almost yanked my arm out of my shoulder.

If you haven't already discovered it, the initial cost of getting a Bull Terrier is a bit expensive.
Rhonda, it is amazing a dog that doesn't appear to be all that big can be so strong! The strength of Bully breeds never ceases to amaze me. I was reading in one of my Bully magazines that an American Bulldog pulled over 6,000 pounds!
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When I got Riley she weighed 7 pounds. On the first half of the ride home from the airport my mother was holding her while I drove. Riley was so wound up and excited that my mom could barely hold her still in her lap. When I took her to the first vet visit, I could hardly hold her still for the vet to look in her ears....and she was 8 weeks old and ONLY 7 pounds! When she was a bit older and weighed more, if she wanted off my lap to chase after the cat, or to get a toy, it was really hard to hold her!


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Might not be such a good choice as we have 3 cats and Indy.
He would want to play and he is a softie that his bites are so weak. I think the bull terrier would end up hurting him...
We are getting another dog.
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What about a Beagle?

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Just something that will be ok in the house with the cats and Indy.
We have started thinking of a lab or a Dalmation.
Do Beagles have droopy eyes? Coz Maria has an eye phobia and would freak at it.
I have only ever had mixed breed dogs so I dont know nothing about Pedigree dogs.


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Beagles don't have droopy eyes.

Labs and Dalmations are both very high strung dogs. They'd need a LOT of exercise.


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what are the dogs with droopy eyes then?
bassets?

Any medium not so highly strung or too strong or bitey or barky dogs then?


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ummm, a greyhound. Or maybe a Basenji.


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What about a scottish terrier?
What are they like?


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Greyhounds are awesome! So gentle and laid back.

Basset hounds and bloodhounds have droopy eyes.
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Greyhounds are awesome! So gentle and laid back.

Basset hounds and bloodhounds have droopy eyes.
Arent greyhounds very nervous?
Indy is quite bouncy and might snap him...


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