Bully Breeds: Myths and Facts

Bully Breeds: Myths and Facts
Bully Breeds: Myths and Facts
A Bull Terrier is one of many bully breeds.
A Bull Terrier is one of many bully breeds.

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When researching dog breeds, you may have come across the term “bully breeds.” While there is a lot of information about popular breeds such as American Bulldogs or Boston Terriers, there are also a lot of misconceptions around the term. Here are some of the top myths about these dogs, and the truths behind them.

Which breeds are considered bully dogs?

The term “bully breed” encompasses a wide range of dogs, from purebreds such as English Bulldogs, to Pitbull mixes, and everything in between. These types of dogs are characterized by their looks, including wide, muscular bodies; short triangular ears; a shorter snout; and a wide, square head. 

Bully breeds are not grouped by any specific genetics or behavioral traits. Breeds such as the French Bulldog and Boxer are both considered part of this group without having much genetically in common. Other popular breeds in the bully dog group include Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers, Bullmastiffs, and many, many more.

Myths vs. facts about bully breeds

Myth: Bully breeds have special jaws that can lock.

Fact: While many of these breeds have very powerful jaws and some were historically bred to work with larger livestock and prey, they do not have a special type of jaw or more biting power than other breeds. There is no locking mechanism or different anatomy to their jaws than other dogs. 

Myth: Bully breeds shouldn’t be around other pets, people, or animals.

Fact: Poor socialization of any breed of dog can lead to problems around other pets or people. It’s important to take steps to socialize your dog — whether they’re a Pitbull or a Chihuahua — to many different situations, people, pets, and animals. Proper socialization can help your dog stay calm and polite around others.

Myth: There are many bully breeds in shelters because they’re bad dogs.

Fact: The number of dogs in shelters can be due to many causes. Breed restrictions in certain cities may lead to an increase in shelter animals. Lack of time and training may cause a family to rehome a dog. Or, a change in family circumstances may lead to a dog ending up in a shelter. Since bully dogs make up such a large group of very different dogs, they may be disproportionately represented.

Myth: Bully breeds don’t feel pain.

Fact: Just like every other dog breed, these breeds have the same anatomy and nerve structure, and feel pain. It’s important to give any dog, regardless of their breed, proper attention, veterinary care, and treatment.

Myth: Bully breeds are more likely to bite than other breeds.

Fact: Since these breeds encompass so many different types of dogs, it’s hard to generalize them as a whole. Any dog can bite, regardless of breed. Proper training, socialization, and knowing how to read your dog’s body language are better ways to prevent a bite than blaming a specific breed.

When researching any breed of dog, it’s important to know the breed’s history, temperament, and care. It’s also important to provide the right environment, training, and socialization to ensure they have a happy, stress-free life. Interested in learning more about bully dog breeds? Check out this guide.

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