Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Training: Previous owner, Attended conferences / shows, Books
Posted February 27, 2013
Through my rescue, I have met many bulldogs. Typically we will adopt them out as puppies, then when they grow into strong and dominant teenagers they are surrendered back to us by unprepared adopters. Please, before you consider adopting a bully breed, be sure you are willing to make a lifelong commitment to them!
Bulldogs can be just as friendly and loving as any other breed with proper training and a strong and kind owner. The breed definitely has instincts for aggression and dominance, however those instincts will only be acted upon if the dog believes them to be accepted. Proper training, with a professional if needed, will enforce that the owner is the alpha and that aggression will not be tolerated.
The picture on this post is Gobber. He was returned to the rescue as an energetic and strong 1 year old. He was actually very submissive! Whenever he played with another dog he immediately fell to the ground and exposed his belly, not an aggressive bone in his body. All I can say is, please, don't judge the breed because of a bad owner. All dogs, if partnered with the right person, can be wonderful pets.