Bullypit Dog Breed Information and Facts
The Bullypit is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the American Bulldog and the American Pit Bull Terrier. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.
History of the Bullypit
Like the American Pit Bull Terrier, the Bullypit originated in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Like the pit bull, the Bullypit developed from the idea of a strong, robust dog that was fast, agile, and tough. For this reason the breed has also been referred to as the Super Pit Bull. This is not to imply a fighting or aggressive character though. These dogs are not protection oriented but rather a pet, agility, and family friendly dog. The Bullypit was originally called the Barbell Bully. It is hard to see where the “b” came from and if it was simply added in for marketing purposes. However, this name continued to be used until the early 1930’s. In 1931, the Dog Breeders’ Association of America chose the name Bullypit.
Description of the Bullypit
Height Male dogs as little as 46 inches, and as much as 76 inches. Female dogs as little as 43 inches, and as much as 65 inches. Average weight Male dogs as little as 71 pounds, and as much as 92 pounds. Female dogs as little as 65 pounds, and as much as 88 pounds. Age at onset of breed characteristics (%) Pups can begin to exhibit characteristic characteristics by 4 to 5 months old. A puppies temperament can be affected at any age by factors such as: fear hyperactivity temperament at first can also be affected by the surroundings and environment they were exposed to. Long arms are thought to be a symptom of a breeder or puppy mill, possibly to discourage dogs from digging.
Personality of the Bullypit
The Bullies of the Bullypit often have the best temperaments of all Bullies. They are good with children, easy to train, and have a keen sense of smell. They get along well with other dogs, especially larger breeds and they are very affectionate. The personality of the Bullypit can change with age and often changes from puppy to adult. Once a young Bulldog stops growing, a mature adult Bullypit will become aggressive and a bit short-tempered. Breed Specific Medical Issues Males and females of the Bullypit are equally susceptible to many of the same medical issues. Some of the more common medical issues in this breed are epilepsy, obesity, and obesity-related conditions. For example, Diabetes mellitus is sometimes fatal in Bullies.
Temperament of the Bullypit
The Bullypit has a unique temperament, being an unpredictable dog that is a more dangerous cross. But it has its advantages over the purebred as well. Because of the Bullypit’s lesser aggressive nature it is easier to train, since you can shape his behavior in an appropriate manner. Some breeders and trainers will use bully-dog behavior, rather than purebred, to train their dogs, to reduce their overall obedience. Is The Bullypit a Breed in its Own Right? Bullypit’s are legally known as a mutt. Some might argue that a mutt doesn’t have a Bullypit’s DNA, because that DNA isn’t there. That is the claim many Bullypit owners make, that Bullypit is a mutt. The truth is, all other breeds, and even mutts, have to pass down their DNA, that is how they develop.
Health Issues of the Bullypit
Rabies is one of the biggest health issues of a Bullypit. Many dogs that are not vaccinated against rabies become infected after they bite an infected animal. This causes a vicious cycle of exposure that can cause a dogs brain to swell up and kills it. For those dogs that survive, the physical injury and death of their victim will leave permanent scars. Bullypit Look and Behavior Like a Boxer or Bulldog, the Bullypit has big feet and broad, powerful bodies. They come in many colors with striking markings. They have strong and healthy jaws, making them look like aggressive dogs, but in fact most are gentle and loving with people. The Bullypit is bred for power and endurance, and so it is very independent and very much a pack animal.
Grooming Needs of the Bullypit
Grooming for Bullypit dogs is minimal. Your pet needs to have a brush or comb handy at all times and you may need to trim their nails a few times during the year. Because of the breed’s propensity for pulling on leash, they will need to have some obedience training, especially since so many have not been spayed or neutered. Puppy-hood and housetraining can be accomplished with great success if you are diligent about it.
Training Needs of the Bullypit
The Bullypit is a very intelligent dog and will quickly master any task that it is given. They love to work and are eager to please you. Dogs that have been around other dogs in the house are the ones that quickly learn to obey commands. There are some “training aids” that you can use for your Bullypit that will help teach them all of the appropriate commands. They are not difficult to train if you are consistent and do it right from the beginning.
Exercise Needs of the Bullypit
The Bullypit needs a brisk walk around the neighborhood twice a day and takes his exercise, as do all dogs. When going out the first time you must do a quick walk around the house and driveway to make sure that the area is secure and to make sure that your environment does not inhibit his movements. When going out a second time or for longer walks, do the same. When the dog begins to get tired, stop and take a break to let him catch his breath. Make sure the dog is not dragging his feet, panting, drooling excessively or drooling in his sleep. The Bullypit needs to be fed twice a day, as it is the same with all dogs. The Bullypit should be given a smaller amount of food at each meal. If you put food in the Bullypit’s dish, the dog should not be able to reach it with his mouth.