When considering adding a new furry member to your family, there are many factors that you have to think about. Bulldogs are a very popular breed that many people decide on due to their size as well as temperament.
However, when you live in an apartment or have small children, you might have more questions regarding the safety and training of your new pet.
Are Bulldogs dangerous?
Generally speaking, Bulldogs have a calm and relaxed personality. They are family-friendly and do well in families with children of various ages.
This breed loves to play and has lots of energy as dogs of this breed are rather muscular and strong. As a result, they require a lot of exercises to use up all of their energy.
Bulldogs came from a fighting background, so this greatly affects their personalities and temperaments. Much has changed over the years and breeding, but this breed still remains stigmatized — without a good reason.
Just like with any breed, it’s important to remember that aggression breed aggression so beware of how you act around and towards your pet, especially stronger and Larger breeds like Pitbulls.
Are Bulldogs aggressive?
Bulldogs require lots of socialization with other dogs to be happy and tire themselves out. Hanging out with other dogs also helps to ensure that your pet isn’t dangerous to you and your family as it doesn’t have any pent up energy that might come out in an unwanted way.
It’s especially important to start introducing your Bulldog to other dogs as well as people at a young age since this breed tends to be rather shy and closed off.
However, ensuring that your Bulldog has plenty of dog friends helps combat that side of the personality and ensure that your furry friend is happy and healthy.
Nevertheless, Bulldogs are protective and ferocious, which means that they can get a little too excited at times. As a result, it is very important to train your dog as soon as you adopt — preferably when they are still young.
Any breed can be relatively dangerous when treated poorly or not trained the right way. If you’re concerned about your dog and whether they might be dangerous, it is best to invest in a professional dog trainer rather than train the dog yourself. That way, you can be sure that you can control your animal and avoid any potentially dangerous situations
American Bulldog vs English bulldog Aggression
English Bulldogs are muscular, strong, and protective — not dangerous. Conversely, American Bulldogs still have the working dog blood running through their veins, which makes them a breed that should be treated with respect.
This isn’t to say that American Bulldogs are dangerous and not suitable for families since all breeds can be trained. However, it is important to be aware of the difference between these two and train your dog accordingly to ensure the safety of your dog as well as your own.
Since Bulldogs come from a fighting background, they can become aggressive when they feel threatened. This is their instinctive reaction prompted by fear so being abusive and intimidating towards your Bulldog is the worst thing you could possibly do.
No dog — especially not Bulldogs — respond to yelling and aggression, and it only promotes aggression and can make your pet more and more dangerous.
So keep that in mind especially if you choose to train your dog yourself (make sure to never act or speak to your dog angrily out of frustration). It’s also important to note that each Bulldog comes with its own personality — there’s no one-size-fits-all description of this breed’s personality.
As a result, you should familiarize yourself with your dog, its quirks and behavior to know what to be on the lookout for. Some Bulldogs are calm and friendly whereas some might have more traits from their fighting ancestors. These two differences are present both in American as well as British Bulldogs.
Overall, all breeds have the potential to be dangerous. It all comes down to upbringing, training, environment, and so much more. Bulldogs, when compared to other dog breeds, are not more or less dangerous. What’s more, they are very good family dogs since they are extremely protective, so adopting a Bulldog is definitely a good decision.
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