ALL ABOUT LIVING WITH THE AMERICAN BULLY


– [Announcer] Dogumentary TV producing the best breed
documentaries on YouTube. (dog barks) (upbeat electronic music) – My name’s Fred Duran
from Primoline Kennels. I’ve been dealing with
the American Bully for about 10 years now. I was looking for a breed that
was suitable to my lifestyle. I like to sit on the couch and
watch movies and hang out but at the same time,
I like to be spontaneous and jump up and
hit the park and be active at the same time. And these dogs, I feel like
they really do that for me. I was looking for, at the time, I was starting
a family and raising kids so I wanted something that
was going to be balanced in temperament. Something that could be
used as security, at the same time
as a companion too. They’re great with people but at the same time my dogs
are intelligent enough to know who should
and shouldn’t be around. These dogs are really receptive
to people’s energies and their body language. And they do bark. When they’re insecure about
something they will bark. I’m not sure about,
not every dog will bite but a bark is enough and this
dog has a look that, I wouldn’t wanna call their bluff. I don’t know anybody else
that would, you know. Yeah, they’re not some much
a security dog or like a man-stopping dog
but more as like a deterrent. For me, what makes the
American bully so great is I wanna say the temperament, the look of these dogs, the also the character,
the character of these dogs. They really have
awesome personalities. Very unique to any other
dogs that I’ve owned or been around,
very experienced. These dogs are companion dogs. The American Bully is
a companion dog. So what we do focus on is
keeping them connected and keeping them as
part of the family, making them feel like part of
the pack, in a sense. We know that the genetic makeup
comes from bull dogs and terrier type dogs that
are active dogs and some working lines. So to accommodate for that,
we try and keep our dogs as active as possible,
I have three young sons from eight to five years old
and we’re always running. Playing ball, through the park,
walks, my boys don’t stop. So that side of the dog’s
temperament and that part of their makeup,
it’s utilized in our home. It keeps my boys busy,
the boys keeps the dogs busy, the dogs keep the boys busy
and it works for us. I like to do the obedience training
with our dogs because we want to fight against the
stereotypes that these dogs have in the public’s eye. Our dogs, because of the
way that they look, I think that they have to behave
themselves about 10 times better than your average Labrador
or poodle or Shih Tzu. I do and I think it’s important
to advocate for the breed. It’s very important,
I think it’s, to have a well-behaved dog
says something about their owner and the dedication that they
have not only to their pet but their breed. And it also contributes to the
safety of having an animal. These are big, strong animals
and when they don’t listen, if they don’t listen,
they’re not obedient, they’re not trained to be
around people and socialize in the house,
they’re liable to hurt somebody even if they don’t intend to. You have a hundred pound
dog jump on you, put his paws on your chest,
he could hurt somebody. So I think it’s very important
to do that and also, with my children,
my children too, the dog has to be obedient. If they kid him to move,
my kids weighs 60 pounds, my dog weighs 85. If the kids tell him to move,
he needs to listen. It’s a safety issue too. Some of the special activities
that we do to keep the dogs healthy and happy are constant outings,
constant outings into restaurants,
populated places where they’re gonna be social
and be able to come in contact with other dogs and other
poeple too. Constant socialization,
these dogs love people, my dogs love people. The American Bully in general,
they’re companion breed and they’re really
affectionate dogs. Having them around
people all the time, it really brings the best out of
them, these dogs and give you facial expressions, they smile,
they love on you, they wag their tails,
they don’t wag their tails but their whole bodies. They’re really excited about
being around people and it really brings
out the best in them. You know, I don’t think there’s
really an age limit or age requirement for these dogs. They are a really great companion. I think they would do great with
elderly, all the way down to anybody who’s strong enough to hold one
or try to control the dog. My eight year old son
controls him and can do well with the dog,
indoor, outdoor, on a leash, around people and other dogs. And at the same time, my
grandmother who’s in a walker, the dog’s gentle enough to walk
alongside of her and be okay. I wanna say, the American Bully,
as far as activity level, they don’t require too
much daily routine. Simple exercises, just walking,
maybe a little bit of fetch will suffice for these animals. Like I said, like an elderly lady
or a young boy can do that too. Because the American Bully is
a companion breed, I think they would do well
in an apartment. I think do do well indoors and
they do do well outside as well. Just depends on your
living situation. As long as the dog has his
daily activity and he gets out on his walks
and gets his socialization, I think the dog will be healthy and
happy in any home. The benefits of keeping my
American bully indoors, opposed to outdoors, I love having him on the couch,
I don’t think there’s anything like cuddling up next to one of these
big muscled up monsters. On top of that, security,
somebody knocks at my door, comes knocking at my door,
they’re gonna think twice about trying to kick it in or trying to come into
my house unwelcome. Also, they stay fairly clean,
these dogs ’cause they have short, stiff coats. And it helps with the callouses
from the elbows and the ankles or the hocks and things like that
when you wanna get him into the show ring, you don’t wanna
see such an eyesore. And it keeps them clean, it keeps
them in good shape. In addition to that, it keeps them close,
in tight knit with the family. It makes him feel part of the pack. There’s bonding time on
the couch and I don’t think there’s anything like it. The rules that we keep
for the house, or for the house,
the dogs in the house, fairly typical. I like to leave my dogs on the couch
but only when they’re invited. I don’t like them jumping on
people and jumping on folks. It’s just a bad habit to have. They’re big, they’re heavy, and they can knock your plate down
if you’re having a TV dinner. You know.
(chuckles) But as far as rules go,
they pretty much have, this guy, they’re pets, they pretty much have free
range of the home. They’re not allowed in the kitchen,
mom don’t want them in the kitchen when she’s cooking and we don’t
want them jumping on people and on the furniture
when they’re not invited. When people come to visit,
I just ask that they, I ask people to be calm
and kind of ignore the dog and let the dog approach them. ‘Cause if they’re insecure about
the dog and the dog’s gonna feed off of that and it makes
the dog insecure. So I just ask that they let
the dog approach them and not be intimidated
by the dog. And that’s pretty much it. Free playing in the
backyard unattended, I mean, I leave my dogs
out all the time. I don’t have a problem with it
’cause my dogs are adults. It depends on the pack. Like, it really depends
on the pack. In the backyard, loose, unattended
I don’t like to leave them when they’re younger. I don’t like to leave my dogs
unattended in the back yard when they’re younger. Someone could bait a dog
to the fence and steal it. Somebody could potentially,
the dog could choke on something, get into something you
don’t want them to around the yard. Something that you wouldn’t even
think is a hazard becomes a hazard when you have puppies
in the backyard. So, I don’t leave me dogs really
unattended as pups in the backyard at all. I like to kennel them down
for their own safety. But as adults, I don’t mind
leaving them out, maybe one dog at a time
leaving them out unattended. Hold it down,
they hold the yard down, act as a deterrent for somebody
coming maybe trying to steal one of my puppies or something
of that nature. I don’t really have a set schedule
to feed them or to walk them because we’re so active. We have so much stuff going
on in our lives and that’s another great thing
about these dogs is they’re spontaneous. They’ll do what you do. They’ve adapted to
our crazy lifestyle. Having three young boys
and having basketball games, football games,
school functions and things like that, it messes
with out schedules and our schedule’s always
up and down and I’m grateful to have dogs
that are easily adapting to that. My American Bullies get along great
with the chihuahuas that we have. I don’t see any dog aggression
in our dogs as far as towards other animals. I have two small chihuahuas that
are under six pounds and they’ve been raised with them
and they love ’em, they seem to love them. It helps too because when we
get out and you have little dogs barking at your big dogs,
they’ve been desensitized to those things, my dogs don’t
really pay attention to it and it’s a really big plus in the
eyes of our community or in the general public. ‘Cause these dogs have
that ugly stigma. So it definitely helps having
small pets in the house. I would recommend the American Bully
to almost anybody. These dogs are great companions,
inside and out. I mean, as long as you’re not out,
trying to climb Mt. Everest every weekend and typically,
they’re a low energy dog. They can do anything from just
being your walking buddy on a daily to sitting on the couch watching
movies and hanging out. I’d recommend this breed
to just about anybody who’s looking for a breed
that’s adaptable, that’s sociable, that doesn’t need
too much work to be sociable and to be obedient. I really love the breed and I would
recommend him to anybody who’s looking for
something like that.