DANGEROUS OR GOOD PETS? THE AMERICAN BULLY DOG

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Hello and welcome to Animal Watch and
this week we’re talking American Bullies The American Bully has a formidable
appearance looking like a weightlifter who has spent his life working out in
the gym. Huge, huge dense muscles, a short gleaming coat and a large toothy grin.
These dogs turn heads that’s for sure Loved by many, but equally feared by
others due to their appearance being similar to certain banned fighting breeds.
Coming in four recognized sizes pocket standard, classic and XL with some new
unrecognised XXL ones appearing around the globe. They certainly are a topic of
conversation, but are these dogs really docile companions as their owners claim
they are or are these dangerous fighting dogs? In order to find out
I’m visiting several pocket-sized American Bullies in Halifax and when I
say pocket-sized the males can weigh in at a staggering 37 kilograms making them
as heavy as my largest male wolf dog. Weak and pathetic these dogs most
certainly are not. Gentle and sweet? I’m soon to find out Hello hi Aaron.How you doing Anneka.
How are you? and you
Who’s this? This is Dios this Dios!
Our American bully. He’s like a little muscle man isnt he? A gentle giant. Oh he’s fantastic Wow! So you wanted to come see rest of pack then? You’ve got more than him? Yeah, we’ve got a few of them for you to see. for you to see. I would
love. That’s great. Let’s go. This is Floki. He’s a Dios son. He’s just going on 12 months now. 12 months? He’s actually really big for 12 months. Yeah and he’s not even finished growing yet. Oh, so how much more big is he going to get? He won’t grow much taller now Just the mass, he’ll just mature his head will start growing even more. Very loving dog, affectionate. Yes you are, you sure are, I love him. Hi Ivan, how are you doing? Who have we got here? This is Junior. So Junior is approaching three and a half
years old. In the UK we don’t crop ears so just to let you guys know that when
dogs have got cropped ears it’s usually because they’re imports from outside of
the United Kingdom. These guys are not cropping their ears. He’s actually from Spain. They’re like little muscle men. They really are. They’re beautiful look, they’re very affectionate. He’s like a pig in my ear. He’s like (makes pig noise) Alright, so who’s this? This is Cleo. She’s a two and year year old female. She’s so sweet. oh she’s such an affectionate dog. Oh what are they like with dogs when you meet when they meet strange dogs in the
park? As long as they’re socialized correctly the same as any other dog now
that’s got to start from a young age whether you go into classes and training
classes or whether you just go into puppy parties which are down at your
local park it’s essential that you get the socialization in early days so that
the dogs are aware and how to introduce themselves to each other how to approach
another dog because in fairness dependent on how another dog approaches
them is dependent on how they’ll react yes but she is a very very calm dog
she’s been socialized well and her reaction to any dog what comes over to
her is a tail wagging and she early approach and they sniff each
other and then they’re happy I can change the conditioning on her slightly. She was
originally kibble fed and we’re moving them on to raw I like to raw feed my dog
oh yes absolutely, I’m an advocate for that. Over the years it’s something that we’ve really seen the
benefits of in our older dogs and in our younger dogs if it’s carefully worked
and introduced to them in the right way so we’re just going through that
transaction with her now. First impressions were very good and I really did like these dogs who were bundles of fun and uber affectionate. I’m here with Aaron and
Ivan and we have got the amazing American Bullies with us today don’t we
and I’ve gotta say these are really lovely dogs. They’re calm, they’re friendly, they’re loving I’m a complete stranger and they have taken to me
immediately. You don’t really see these dogs do you are they fairly new? They’re
roughly five years. Just five years they’ve been in the UK? Yeah. When was the breed first started? About 40 years ago they started basing the foundations of
the American Bully and that was when they were really sort of trying to hone
in the exact features that they were looking to gain from the American
Bully and officially around 13 to 15 years ago am I right on that? 2004 it
become a recognized breed in America. And what would the original dog breeds that went into the background to this? Initially what they would have put into
it was based on a staffordshire that really tried to base it on the American
Staffy which is a longer legged Staffordshire so what these guys have
really tried to harness here is the stable temperature so they based it on
an American Staffordshire Terrier that is bulldog which is being put into it
and that gave you the larger go in the lower solenoid cage the deeper set.
These come in what four or three or four different sizes? Four different sizes
officially. You’ve got your Pocket which is the smallest. and what’s the next size up? You have your Standard. OK, then? Classic and then you have your XL.
These are pocket-sized so these are the smallest and they’re big and they’re big. So how heavy are these ones roughly?
Well my female she weighs approximately 32 to 34 kilogram weight dependent and
condition dependent and Dios is a lot heavier. Usually sits around about
38 kilo. That’s big so you’ve got all of that weight and muscle squashed down into
a fairly short dog. So lots of people will be talking about health issues
because they’ve got quite flat faces. How do you find they are with breathing and
things like that I’d say it’s variable and yes you
definitely would want to look out for certain issues the soft palate is is a
problem that is within this breed and that comes from the bulldog traits.
These are very lovely colors so you were talking to me a little bit earlier that
this is a liver color and this is like a smoky blue? Yeah it’s actually
classed as champagne, Lilac Champagne. You cant have some weak older person taking one of
these home they got up they’ve got to have a good pair of arms on them so you
take them for walks so especially if these are weighing in at the weight that
you were suggesting. Yeah agreed but at the same time early stages of training
are essential. Spend your early years socializing the animals. When they’re in
the house I mean do they just lie down so they behave themselves, are they calm? He just lies in front of a fire. Yeah the calmest animals I’ve ever met.
Do you need to wear them out when you walk them every day? Each dog’s
different with the the exercise like Dios you can go out for a walk a day and he’ll just chill out You’re not hear nought from him, where we have a female and 24/7 she’s constantly They’re the sort of dogs that some people
might feel afraid of and also there’s been a lot of people that are given a
very, very bad image to to dogs similar to this. What is the public perception
right now of your dogs? Sometimes how a dog of this structure and shape and
image is portrayed by the media and I’m not completely knocking the media because
of the same time it’s down to certain owners as well but the way they’re portrayed in the
media gives the public an immediate perception that that’s not going to be a
friendly dog. I can understand their fears and their
concerns because of the size and structure of these dogs. Are these dogs
fine with kids? Always make sure that you’re in complete
control of the environment with your child and your dogs are in. That’s your
responsibility. They are a big boned heavy set dog and if they get
excited wagging tail, heavy paws I would recommend a child of three years
and above would be amazing around them, they are very controlled. My son does a lot of
handling of our dogs and a lot of training he did that from the age of four years old and has never had any issues, my dogs are very attentive towards him So what you’re saying it’s down to the
owner so if you go out of the room and you leave your
three-year-old child there with the dog and dogs you know knocks your kid
flat that’s that’s to be quite honest it’s your fault. But then
again I won’t leave my child with any dog. Exactly that’s what I’m saying
it’s down to the owner Do you still recommend that when they’re
walking them in a park like this that they keep them leashed up? I think
that’s the owner’s responsibility I think whether you own a Collie, whether you own a Pomeranian
whether you own a Tibetan Mastiff, you as an owner should be keeping that dog on a
lead because you’re not aware of how other owners’ dogs are going to react. It’s a different environment your own place as well If there’s one breed that Dios is scared of
that is a Chihuahua, few doors up. He’s petrified of it Well I’ll tell you what, it’s been absolutely amazing meeting your dogs today now Aaron you’ve got a YouTube channel yourself haven’t
you on American Bullies? Yeah I have it’s UK BULLY TV. I’ve had a bit of time out
but this year we’re coming back with interviews similar to yourself. Wonderful well
I’ll tell you what I’ll pop a little information link in the top of the
screen and you can find Aaron’s YouTube channel and you can go over and find out
more about this this wonderful wonderful breed and if you enjoyed this episode of
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wildlife and conservation. Bye for now. If you would like to find out more about
American Bullies in the UK you can visit Aaron’s YouTube channel or Instagram
UK Bully TV and elite_bullyz_

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