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I have several dogs, 2 happen to be part of the Bully breeds.
Ya-ya is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. She was found in the woods behind my mother's house. She called use saying that she had a bird dog that she adored, but couldn't keep. We told her we would take the dog. When they arrived, I looked at my mother and informed her, that this pup was a pit bull, not a bird dog. She didn't believe me. But over time, as she changed, she looked more like a bully dog, and I don't think my mother was very happy about this. at the time she was found the city had passed a law about keeping bully breeds in the city limits. We believe that she was dumped. We have had little problems with her. She does like to ignore us at times, but that is typical of the breed. We did have a problem with her playing with hens to death, but was able to break her of that habit. She is now the children's protector, even from the puppy. Her maternal instincts are strong. She is now also a pillow and puts up with more 3-year-old abuse then anyone I have ever seen. No, I have no fear that she will turn on us, that is something that had been bred out of the breed long ago. The bully breeds rarely turn on owners, unless they suffer from rage syndrome. We do have a problem with dog conflict, but that is something you watch for and stop before a fight breaks out.
Buttercup, is a husky/American pit bull terrier mix. She does have a slight attitude, but most of it is puppytude. She is showing signs of being absolutely loyal to my boys. But she will only put up with so much from the 3-year-old before warning him off. We are working with both of them to limit any possible problems. She is still learning her place in the family, and ya-ya is quick to rectify any problems with Buttercup. Ya-ya has a stern hand. When the 3-year-old was running down the driveway, Buttercup assumed it was time to play, and set chase nipping at his hand, before I was able to tell her no, ya-ya had grabbed her and stopped the game, with a small growl and tumble.
We are unable to take them into the city for vet care or training. We have found a vet in a small town that is more than happy to care for these two wonderful dogs. I know several vets that will not, or will take extra precautions when caring for Chows, but not take the same care with Bully Breeds. It's that rare jerk or complete novice that creates that Bully dog attacks you hear about. Bully breeds were not breed to attack humans, their breeding is all about fighting other dogs. Something that over the years has stayed with them even though breeders have tried to breed that out of them.
They work hard and play harder. Bully Breeds are great for homesteads. They love pulling things. A harness and a wagon loaded up with gardening supplies is a wonderful way for them to play and you to work, plus they keep stray dogs off your land. Ya-ya's breed tends to pin rather than bite, and only in danger. Because of this, she makes a great dog for children.
What kind of dogs do you keep?