Bully Breeds: Fact or Fiction
Bully breed dogs have locking jaws, their brains swell, and they're at the top of the class in temperament standards. Take this quiz to see if you can separate fact from fiction, and find out how much you really know about bully breeds.start quiz
Question 1 of 10
Bully breeds got their name because they are naturally aggressive and can be a danger to society.
... The term "bully breed" has nothing to do with temperament, and these dogs are no more a danger to society than any other dog. In fact, bully breeds, like the American pit bull terrier, consistently rate higher on the American Temperament Test than many of their cutesy counterparts. The term "bully breed" originates from early bulldog-type breeds that were used in bull baiting and other blood sports in the early 19th century.
Question 2 of 10
Pit Bulls have a stronger bite pressure than any other animal, including alligators.
... According to studies conducted by Dr. Brady Barr of National Geographic magazine, all domestic dogs have a bite pressure of around 320 pounds. Alligator bites, on the other hand, come in at about 2,500 pounds. Incidentally, when researchers tested the American pit bull terrier alongside a German shepherd and Rottweiler, the pit bull had the least amount of bite pressure among the three.
Question 3 of 10
Bulldogs didn't exist until the 19th century, when breeders developed the breed for the sole purpose of bull fighting.
... The Old English Bulldog was originally bred for the sole purpose of baiting bulls in a sporting arena. Its short stature put it at the perfect height to bite a bull's nose, and its wide head and mouth gave it a unique ability to latch on to a bull's snout and not let go, earning its owner money and bragging rights.
Question 4 of 10
Bullies work as service animals, military personnel, therapy dogs and rescue dogs throughout the world.
... It's true -- bullies have proven to be helpful in a variety of roles. In their earliest days, these dogs served in wars, and they were known as nanny dogs because of their nurturing attitudes toward children. Today, many bullies work as therapy dogs, join in search and rescue efforts and fill a variety of other service roles.
Question 5 of 10
Boston terriers are considered a bully breed.
... Breeders developed Boston terriers at the end of the 19th century by crossing English bulldogs with English terriers. Though they're smaller than most bully breeds, they were originally bred to be fighting dogs. Today, the Boston terrier bears the nickname the "American Gentleman," thanks to its tuxedolike coat and calm nature.
Question 6 of 10
Boxers with white coats are very rare and have mean personalities.
... White boxers aren't as rare as some people think. According to the American Boxer Club, 25 percent of boxers are born with white coats. Also, coat color has nothing to do with their disposition. They are just as loyal, playful and affectionate as boxers with darker coats.
Question 7 of 10
Beagles have a lower temperament rating than American pit bull terriers.
... Believe it or not, one of the most popular pets in the United States, the beagle, scores lower on the American Temperament Test than bully breeds such as the American pit bull terrier. In fact, the American pit bull terrier ranked fourth out of 118 breeds tested, making it a pretty calm canine.
Question 8 of 10
Bully breeds are responsible for all fatal dog attacks.
... According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), many dogs involved in attacks are incorrectly identified as bullies in media reports, which fuels the belief these breeds are always to blame. But the Center for Disease Control reports that the chow chow, German shepherd, Rottweiler and even the Yorkshire terrier have all been responsible for fatal attacks throughout the years, so it's not a breed-specific problem.
Question 9 of 10
Six U.S. presidents have called bully breeds their loyal sidekicks.
... The executive pooch to Theodore Roosevelt was a bull terrier named Pete, but Pete wasn't the only bully to garner good favor with a commander in chief. Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Warren Harding, Woodrow Wilson and Jimmy Carter have all called a bully breed their First Dog.
Question 10 of 10
Bully breeds have abnormal anatomy, including brains that swell and jaws that lock.
... There is no scientific proof that bully anatomy is different from that of any other dog breed. Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin of the University of Georgia studied pit bulls and a variety of other dog breeds and concluded that all canines have the same basic anatomy.