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Q: English Bull Terrier

July 31, 2010 | By Melyssa G. | 1 answer | Expired: 1509 days ago

Melyssa G.

My boyfriend has been thinking about getting an English Bull Terrier. Luckily, I have loved every one I have met and consider them my favorite breed for their goofy demeanor and unusual features. However, I'm curious about how to socialize them with an adult cat or if I should wait until, heaven forbid, my 3 year old cat, Pikachu, leaves us; he is very healthy and I expect him to live a long, happy life. He has only been around two dogs; one is my friend's chihuahua who Pikachu prances around curiously and seems to not be bothered. The other is a dog I used to own who was a border collie/lab mix who Pikachu would not go near and instead would hide under the bed all day (which is why I didn't end up keeping the dog). I am definitely more of a cat person than a dog person so not having a cat in my life is absolutely not an option. Are there any concerns I should be aware of with this breed (I know they were originally bred to fight...but can that be socialized out of them)? Any quirks I should know about? Specific training techniques to focus on? I know they can become overly dominating and protective if the "alpha" status isn't maintained by the owners, but my boyfriend has a lot of experience with dogs in that category. Like I said before, I love this breed...but I know having a dog is a full time job and and it is much different simply playing with one at a dog park compared to coming home to one every day. Thank you!

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daryl b.
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Aug 02, 2010

at first i wass going to sugest you get a puppy. but witha 3 year cat maybe a little olderwouldbe best.not so much action.just keep and eye on them and make sure your pup doesn't but the cat too much and give the cat a safe spot. good luck and i hope you get your dream dog

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