|Barked: Sat Jan 5, '13 6:18pm PST |
|Here's the thing.
It ALL depends on who the breeder is. ALL.
There will surely be people who come here blasting the Am Bullies... and with good reason, their breeding is all over the place, the VAST majority of it bad, and they most certainly heavily attract the BYB crowd when it comes to breeding them.
BUT. And here's where I disagree with most, there actually are some people out there doing it reasonably well. I actually have a friend who is heavily invested in them... big into showing (ABBA) and working (she is trying to found a local weight pull club here). She isn't as conscious about health testing as I, personally, would want in a breeder... but she does x-ray the hips and has researched her lines pretty extensively. And honestly, in terms of the sort of dog she breeds, they literally are just large, very heavy boned Pits. They take heavily from that OLD, good Razor's Edge blood, which IS mostly about size and substance WITH correct structure, before idiots took it all to hell and turned them into gross little hippo dogs.
Again, finding a savvy breeder is key, as these dogs are so all over the place that its hard to really generalize what their temperament and character are like. I've seen plenty of good and bad on both ends.
At their best, yes, they tend to be a bit more laid back, a bit less intense, and slightly more agreeable with other dogs (make note- I've never met any that I would consider truly 100% agreeable with other dogs, at least with those of the same sex, but I've seen plenty who where perfectly stable and more than able to live with or be around other dogs of compatible temperament). Being less driven and intense as your standard APBT or Staffie has something to do with that, as the DA/SSA issue is deeply woven within that very TERRIER mindset of intensity and extreme drive.
At their worst, they can be complete nerve bags, fear biters (and POWERFUL ones), with abysmal health and deeply flawed characters. Allergies are super, super common, bad knees and hips are common, certain lines can carry a dangerous genetic aggression (mostly those who bred out to Presas or other less stable breeds, though rarely will a breeder ever admit to this).
Point being, be extremely careful with who you go with. Many of the people on these dogs are in it for the money, as they can rake in BIG $$$ for stud fees and puppies (around here, the big stud that everyone likes to breed to goes for nearly 10 grand a breeding... you can imagine what the puppies cost).
If this is what you really want, look for breeders active in their ABBA communities, who show and work their dogs, and who actually offer contracts worth a spit on their puppies (remember, a contract should protect YOU, the buyer, not JUST the seller...).
I also strongly encourage you to consider a nice older rescue. Sadly, due to the idiocy that still surrounds the bulk of their population, many of them end up being surrendered. People get them because they want a "bad a$$" dog, but quickly realize that while "softer" than the average APBT, they are still LARGE, active, powerful breeds who can be issue-y in the wrong hands and hard to handle.
Please make your decision here very, very carefully.
Edited by author Sat Jan 5, '13 6:26pm PST
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