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        06-13-2011, 03:02 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    ROFL - they both seem to think they are cats!
         
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        06-14-2011, 01:45 AM
      #12
    Foal
    Bull tries are cute. However the breed does make a difference when it comes to general personality traits, trainability and activity level. As with any pet I suggest you research the breed before you get one and make sure it suits your life style. :)

    Edit to add a quote from bull terrier site
    " With the right type of owner this breed is a joy to own, but not recommended for most households. Fond of both grown-ups and children, but if they do not get enough physical and mental exercise they may be too energetic for small children. Children should be taught how to display leadership towards the dog. Meek owners will find them to become very protective, willful, possessive and or jealous. Bull Terriers may try to join into family rough housing or quarrel. They need very firm training and lots of exercise. Bull Terriers must be given a lot of structure, or they may become destructive. Be sure to socialize them well and remain their pack leader 100% of the time, otherwise, they can be extremely aggressive with other dogs. Unaltered males may not get along with other male dogs. They are not recommended with other non-canine pets such as rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs. They make excellent watch dogs.*This breed can be somewhat difficult to train."
    -http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/bullterrier.htm
         
        06-14-2011, 02:36 AM
      #13
    Showing
    Myhorsesonador has it mostly right. It does depend on a dog's upbringing, but breed does play a big role in it.

    Example: My australian shepherd/st bernard had been a city dog for the first two years of his life. He saw small dogs and cats, but was never around anything he saw as prey. Fast forward ten months after I got him (he was 10 months old when I got him)...we moved back to my hometown, which is extremely rural. Turned him loose on my parents' five acres and I found out how high of a prey drive he has. He can catch a jack rabbit at a dead run. I've had to force him to follow my truck before (long story, don't ask) and he kept up with me at an easy lope while I was doing close to 20MPH (back roads, no traffic at all). You would never had known it if you'd met him when we lived in the city.

    What does that illustrate? That unless you get your dog extremely well-socialized as a puppy and raise it around horses daily, correcting any unwanted behaviors, you won't have a horse-safe dog on your hands. I've introduced my Cash to horses last year when I had my 8yo arab/saddlebred gelding. Dakota (the gelding) was dog-friendly. Cash was untried. Cash tried to nip Dakota's nose when they met. Because Dakota was a no-nonsense horse, he nipped back. Cured Cash of his desire to nip a horse...at least in the face. He still thinks that ANYTHING that runs (regardless of its size) actually wants to be chased. That's his high prey drive/herding instincts (which are a modified prey drive) coming out. By contrast, my cairn terrier was raised around horses and knows to respect them...mainly because even a shetland could step on her and hurt her badly 'cuz she's so small at the moment (less than 10lbs, but she's still a baby).

    Bull terriers are great dogs, but as MajesticSpirit pointed out, they aren't for everyone. The bully breeds were bred for one purpose: baiting bulls. Because of this, they are strong-willed, intelligent and high energy. If you don't exercise them, mind and body, you will have a bored, extremely destructive dog on your hands. Generally speaking, bully breeds need as much exercise (physically) as an australian shepherd or border collie (what everyone thinks of as "hyper" dogs that require a TON of exercise) in order to stay sane. Keep that in mind when deciding on a breed. If you don't have the time to commit to keeping the dog engaged and exercised, it's probably not a good idea to get it. The dog in that video more than likely had been exercised VERY well before being taken to the barn.

    If you know all this, great. I just repeat it because I've worked at shelters in the past and it kills me when people give up a dog (or even rehome it on Craigslist) because it is destructive, or they don't have enough time to exercise it so it sits in the yard. I love Cesar Milan's philosophy that an exercised, stimulated dog is a happy dog because it is SO true. I never fully realized this until I owned a high energy breed. Cash destroyed an $800 couch the first day I had him because he was bored while I was at work.
         
        06-14-2011, 03:14 AM
      #14
    Banned
    Drafty, I would never ever let my dogs out in a less than secure dog fenced area. They run several times a week in a horse fenced area of about 44 acres, but yet in my unfenced yard they are leashed, every single time they need to pee.
    It is not about the animal, it is about the human. Of course they will chase a prey animal or a scent, unless they are trained to the highest order.
         
        06-14-2011, 03:22 AM
      #15
    Showing
    Cash is always in a securely fenced yard (either mine, which is 1/3 acre with chain link, or my parents', which is 5 acres that is fully-fenced with no-climb horse fencing over a pipe-and-cable fence) or on-leash (except that one time he had to follow the truck...as I said, long story). When he met Dakota, he was on-leash and Dakota was in his stall (we were outside his stall, which was in a mare motel). He has never actually chased a horse, but I can read his body language rather well and when we were at the stable, someone was lunging their horse in the arena and he desperately wanted to give chase. I made him sit nicely and watch until he gave up wanting to chase.

    I'm sorry if I didn't spell all that out in my original post, but I figured I was being verbose enough already without adding all that.
         

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