Friday, March 11, 2011

Breed of the Week - Bully Breeds- Kansas City Dog Photography

Below information from http://www.bulldogbreeds.com/

Bully Breeds

Pit Bulls
Known for their intelligence and loyalty American Pit Bull Terriers make excellent, loving and protective companions despite the unfair press they receive. A common question regarding the APBT is, "How is this breed different from the American Staffordshire Terrier?". In the eyes of the United Kennel Club, they are the same breed, but many disagree. Some AKC-registered American Staffordshire Terriers are dual-registered as American Pit Bull Terriers with the UKC; however, this draws criticism from many who point out that the bloodlines have been separate for too long for these to be considered the same breed. The AKC, on the other hand, does not allow a UKC-registered American Pit Bull Terrier to be registered as an American Staffordshire Terrier. To be dual-registered, the dog must first be an AKC-registered American Staffordshire Terrier and then it can be registered with the UKC as an APBT -- but not vice versa... Choose from a responsible breeder and make sure the puppy is properly socialized and handled. Solid training will produce a tranquil, good, obedient, companion dog

American Staffordshire Terrier
The American Staffordshire Terrier's muscled build and protective instinct should make strangers beware, yet with their own family they are devoted, gentle and loving. A common question regarding the American Staffordshire Terrier is, "How is this breed different from the American Pit Bull Terrier?". In the eyes of the United Kennel Club, they are the same breed, but many disagree. Some AKC-registered American Staffordshire Terriers are dual-registered as American Pit Bull Terriers with the UKC; however, this draws criticism from many who point out that the bloodlines have been separate for too long for these to be considered the same breed. The AKC, on the other hand, does not allow a UKC-registered American Pit Bull Terrier to be registered as an American Staffordshire Terrier. To be dual-registered, the dog must first be an AKC-registered American Staffordshire Terrier and then it can be registered with the UKC as an APBT -- but not vice versa... They are courageous and a tenacious fighter if provoked. Training can be a challenge because of their pushy yet sensitive character. Their natural temperament towards people is gentle and loving, unfortunately some have been improperly handled giving the American Staffordshire Terrier a bad rap.

American Bulldogs
True grit. True devotion. True love. These tributes are used often to describe the American Bulldog -- a hardy, athletic, all-purpose working dog. The American Bulldog is a loving family companion, good with children and other pets, yet at the same time, fearlessly determined. It has been known to display heroic acts of courage in protecting its master. The American Bulldog has also been used to hunt everything from squirrel to bear, and has been trained to drive cattle and guard stock from predators. The American Bulldog should be evaluated as a working dog, and exaggerations or faults should be penalized in proportion to how much they interfere with the dogs ability to work.

French Bulldogs
Playful, affectionate, and exceptionally good natured, the French Bulldog, or "Frenchie," is bred primarily as a companion pet. But Frenchies also make good watchdogs. Compact and muscular, with a small to medium build, they are a good choice for small living spaces. Frenchies are highly trainable and intelligent, and are happiest when close to their human family. They are excellent with children and compatible with other pets. They desire alot of attention from their loved ones.

English Bulldogs
Gentle, friendly, and adoring, with a mischievous dose of stubbornness, the English Bulldog is incessantly loyal to its family. It usually gets along well with other animals, is particularly fond of children, and does best indoors. Highly spirited as a puppy, the English Bulldog grows up to be a calm adult. The breed prefers not to exercise, can easily overheat, and is prone to drooling and snoring.

Boxers
The typical Boxer is a medium, squarely chiselled dog of good substance with short back, strong limbs, and short, tight coat. Well developed muscles appear smooth, and firm under his taut skin. The Boxer's motion denotes energy. The gait is firm, yet elastic, the stride free and ground-covering, the carriage proud. Developed to serve as guard, working and companion dog, he combines strength and agility with a distinguished elegance. His expression is alert and temperament steadfast and tractable.

Bull Terrier (like the Target store mascot!)
The Bull Terrier is a loyal, affectionate, loving, and humerous dog. It is strong-willed and, therefore, is not the ideal choice of dog for a first-time dog owner. The ideal owners would be a family that loves horseplay, racing, and games like frisbee. The Bull Terrier has the potential to become a first-class companion dog, but in the wrong hands it can turn out to be a horrid disaster.

From the MABBR (Mid America Bully Breed Rescue)
Though many believe only adult dogs that end up in shelters, the truth is that young puppies, often only days old, lose their lives daily in area shelters. It is not uncommon for puppies to be born in the shelter only to never make it outside alive.

Pit Bulls and other bully breeds are never given the opportunity to be adopted in 85% of area shelters. Not because the shelters don't care, but because they do. There are so many people who want these dogs for the wrong reasons, that it is safer for the dogs to die humanely than to end up in the hands of those who will continue to torture and abuse them. This means the ONLY hope for bullys in the shelter is rescue. We can't save them all -or even come close. We try our best to help as many as possible, but space has run out. MABBR relies on loving foster families to care for our dogs until they are adopted, and our foster homes are full.

By adopting a MABBR dog you open up a space for one of these precious souls in our program, therefore not only saving one life -but two. Please consider saving a life today.

Adoptable Bully Breeds:

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