ever since seeing bodger the bully on the big screen in the FIRST incredible journey in the early 60's i have been in love with the breed..before intrnet they were tough to find, and now , i am accustumed to multiple breeds and multiple dogs in my house at all times, and i doubt a bullie would be a wise choice...but i LOVE LOVE LOVE the look and the silliness.....your guy is gorgeous!!! and the photos are wonderful
We adopted one from a breeder who needed to find a home for her as she wasn't getting along with the other bitches. She is a funny dog-not very trainable and has crazy allergies but doesn't really cause any trouble.
The son has had terrible skin allergies and I am proud to say that through being very dilligent I have got them unde rcontrol and he's stopped that awful rubbing of his tummy on any rough surface. He is so much happier.
They are great dogs....but need knowledgeable owners, not exactly a beginner owner dog
LOVE, LOVE,LOVE Bullies!! I use to breed them about a million years ago.
My first one was a mature, un-neutered male who had been trained in Schuzhound (sorry about murdering the spelling) by an experienced trainer, but this trainer was NOT experienced in Bullies. He quickly discovered that Bullies were very enthusiastic about the "attack" part, but not so much about the "out" part.
Considering he was raised in a kennel, he actually was a very good boy. I also had a younger, un-neutered GSD at the same time and there were never any issues between the two. Loki (the BT) was hit by a car the first year I owned him...poor dude.
I was hooked, and shortly after that I bought a female puppy from a small but reputable breeder up in New Hampshire. "Molly" was one of the loves of my life. She got along with everyone -- other dogs (of both genders), cats, people, kids (if you consider kids to be people).
I was working as a polo groom in Los Angeles during much of that time and dogs were allowed on the LA Equestrian Ctr. While my GSD would go out with me, keeping pace while I exercised the ponies, this was far too much work for Molly (after they are about 1 yr old, BT's are not big fans of movement or temps below 60 degrees).
Instead, she would waddle from tack room to tack room, begging for bagels & stale donuts. EVERYONE knew Molly. During games or horse shows she would be greeted by her "pals" Robert Duvall, Sly Stallone, Tommy Lee Jones, Merv Griffin, etc. They would stop, stoop down and pat her on the head and give her a treat if they had one. "Hi Molly!" they'd say, "Aren't you a GOOD DOG!" and she would wag her fat little tail and roll those squinty, pig eyes in agreement.
Of course, none of these people ever said a word to ME, but they adored Molly. She was a friend to all -- from the "A-list" polo-palying movie stars to the hookers who worked the corner of Sunset Blvd by the Ralph's supermarket.
When I moved up to Idaho a seamstress friend of mine made a "custom" quilted wool coat for her. Alas, it was not quite enough to keep her delicate BT thermostat up to the required temp (which is about 100 degrees from what I could tell), so she spent most of her time between Sept & June curled up about 2 ft from the wood stove either wrapped around or on top of my BF's very fat cat "Miss Kitty", who also disliked Idaho winters.
In between rubbing snouts with Hollywood's Elite and roughing it in the Idaho back woods, Molly managed to produce 2 litters of puppies, including several who attained their championships.
I never had problems with any sort of allergies...maybe the breed has gotten worse over the years?
While I agree with those who say Bullies are NOT a breed for a person with a mild, non-assertive sort of temperament or those who aren't experienced with the strong-willed breeds, I found them to be very loving and sweet once you sorted out who was in charge. They have a great sense of humor and don't mind playing the fool, especially if food is involved.
They don't require much exercise once they are past puppy-hood and are VERY comfort oriented. They like warm & soft. Mine lived with other dogs & cats (and horses), although I would NOT recommend having 2 of the same gender at the same time.
Right now I still live a (fairly) active life out in the country, so I have heelers, pits etc. But once I get well into my dotage, I have already decided that my old age dog will be a Bullie...white, please.
While bullies vary, if they are really well socialized I expect all but the most aggressive males are fine with other dogs. We have 2 bullies and one boxer and life's a riot. There are two lovely ones we see at the off-leash park and they are just fine, plus the fellow has just adopted another one.
I have had two BT's in the last five years. My first was not well bred and eventually his OCED(Obsessive Compulsive Eating Disorder) got the better of him. We lost him last summer. I still miss him and despite having had my current bundle of craziness for seven months I will sometimes call my current one by the old one's name.
They are crazy, loving, loyal, hard headed, stubborn, and one of the best breeds if you are a bully person. They are not for everybody. We name ours after their rock hard heads. The first one was Jasper(a semi precious stone) the current one is Agate.
We also have a Golden Retriever. We got her as a puppy when our first BT was a year old. And she has pretty much raised the second one. I have never had any problems with my BT interacting with other dogs. He will play with any dog, even un-neutered males (He himself is not neutered yet, we're waiting until he is a year old)
At this moment he's home playing with our Golden and a friend's Golden/Beagle cross. I would however caution anyone getting a BT that they are not an appropriate playmate for dogs who cannot withstand rough play ie toy/small breed dogs. Bullies are quite simply rhinoceri(sp?) and have too high a pain tolerance, and too harsh a play level for a small/toy breed. I would also do lots or research. There are BT breeders and then there are good BT breeders. It does make a huge difference. Our current one is smarter, quieter, calmer than the previous BT.