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Old 05-16-2013, 12:49 PM
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Default American Bulldog crash course

Ummmm. Maybe story later but in short, I need a quick crash course in AB's. Temperament? Good with other dogs? - More specifically, would SSA be a concern and would it be a horrible idea to throw one into my current bunch? Concern with small dogs/cats?

Anything else important to be aware of?

Puppy, not adult, so I know that can influence how things go.
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:50 PM
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Uhm, wut?!
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:06 PM
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My mom is getting crazy as she gets older is basically what it comes down to!

She loves "pit bull type" dogs but doesn't necessarily want a "pit bull" per se. She heard about ABs a few years ago and thinks they seem cool. Well there's an AB pup available and it fits her "dream look" so she wants to jump on it. Because she's crazy.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:07 PM
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Riddled with health problems.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:10 PM
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Noooope. I've known quite a few (but probably less than half) who are good with other dogs, and they seem to come with lots of health issues. From a good breeder where you know the parents, it might work out...or an adult rescue, but a byb puppy sounds like trouble
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I LOVE American Bulldogs, and would love to have one at some point.

The are such a varied breed, I really think it is going to majorly depend on what lines she's getting a pup from.

Typically BYB American Bulldog that you see every day? Friendly, very "Boxer like", IMO. Big mooshes that can be a bit of a baby. Very active, very physical. The ones I know of are fine with other dogs, or at the very least fine with other household dogs. I'm sure SSA is a concern, or outright DA in certain lines, but the ones I've experienced are good. I know prey drive varies, but I'm assuming if one is raised around small dogs/cats it wouldn't be an issue in the household.

I will say the BYB dogs we've seen at the clinic have had joint issues out the wazoo. Torn ACLs, patella issues, hip issues. Allergies also seem to be fairy common. But I wouldn't say they are any more health riddled than some other over bred, BYB breeds (for example, English Bulldogs, Pugs, Cockers, etc.).

However, this is all based on my own conjecture/experience. I have never owned a breed, or even met one from a "reputable" breeder. I do know I've loved the ones I've met.
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All over the place. Lots of health problems in general.

SSA is a huge concern in like sized/aged dogs but not as much with a big size and/or age difference. Size will factor into more than age. This will depend on the lines.

Great with people, not too high energy. Most I've met or worked with were medium drive/energy. Big babies as noted earlier. A little stubborn, but loving.
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Haha sucker you work at a vet clinic.
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Do you have any history? Bloodlines? Johnson? Scott? Hog dogs? Working dogs? Byb? I have several friends with them and they're all over the place, it's hard to say without context.
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Haha sucker you work at a vet clinic.
Hey I'm not the sucker, I'm trying to be the adult about it.
It sure does help in regards to health issues though!

Nothing set in stone though, she wants to meet the dog and I guess at that point all logic goes out the window anyway.
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