Bully breeds have gotten a bad rap over the past few years, but most of the information about bully breeds is based on stereotypes instead of facts. It’s not fair to bully breeds to be shunned the way they are based on a few misconceptions.
It’s important that you educate yourself on bully breeds if you plan on bringing one into your home and to simply help to try and combat the negative stereotypes these dogs face. The following are five things that you need to know about bully breeds to help save these precious animals.
1. Some bully breeds are celebrities.
Today, you’re likely to see breeds such as Golden Retrievers and Miniature Schnauzers on television shows and movies, but years ago, things were different. An American Staffordshire Terrier named Petey was the star of “The Little Rascals”, and a bull terrier was the breed of dog used in “Toy Story”.
2. Bully breeds are good with kids.
The pit bull may have plenty of negative stereotypes following them around today, but many years ago, pit bulls held the nickname “Nanny Dog” because they were so good with and protective of children instinctively without any previous traning.
The truth is that these dogs are still good with and protective of children, and they can still be trusted with children the same as any other dog breed. Unfortunately, pit bulls are most often used in dog fighting, and a dog that comes from an aggressive background, no matter what breed they are, will have aggressive tendencies.
3. You can get your bully breed covered on your homeowner’s insurance.
Dog owners know how important it is to add their dog to their homeowner’s insurance. This way, if there dog were to cause injury to another person, the insurance would cover the medical bills instead of the owner having to cover them out of pocket. Unfortunately, not many homeowners’ insurance companies will insure owners that have bully breeds, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. Companies such as State Farm, Farmers Insurance and Travelers Insurance are trying to combat the stereotypes of bully breeds, so they offer homeowner’s insurance to these owners.
4. You need to check local laws.
Because of the stereotypes bully breeds face, many local governments have initiated laws for bully breed owners to follow, so it’s important that you check your local government for laws. Some governments believe that bully breeds are a threat, so they force owners to keep these dogs muzzled while in public or force them to have liability insurance for the animal.
5. Bully breeds are extremely healthy.
Many dog breeds suffer from certain illnesses and diseases. For example, pugs are known to have respiratory issues, causing them to suffer from asthma and other breathing problems. Bully breeds tend to be healthy all around, and their only known problems tend to come from their active lifestyle. Because of their energy level, these dogs are known to run, jump and play, which could cause them to strain, or even tear, their muscles. When you own a bully breed, you can expect them to live a very long time.