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The Bullweiler is the offspring of a crossing between a Rottweiler and a Bulldog. He is a large to giant sized cross or mixed dog with a life span of 10 to 16 years. Also known as a Bulldog/Rottweiler Mix he is an affectionate and sweet dog when well raised but can be protective of his family and home.
|Here is the Bullweiler at a Glance|
|Average height||Large to giant|
|Average weight||70 to 120 pounds|
|Coat type||Straight, short, dense, stiff|
|Shedding||Low to moderate|
|Brushing||Twice a week|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low to moderate|
|Tolerance to Heat||Low to good depending on coat|
|Tolerance to Cold||Low to moderate|
|Good Family Pet?||Very good to excellent|
|Good with Children?||Very good with socialization|
|Good with other Dogs?||Moderate to good, needs socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good with socialization|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Low to moderate|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Low – too large!|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Low – Best with an experienced owner|
|Trainability||Low – Best with an experienced owner|
|Exercise Needs||Very high|
|Tendency to get Fat||Low to high|
|Major Health Concerns||Eye problems, patellar luxation,|
|Other Health Concerns||Reverse sneezing, brachycephalic syndrome, head shakes, skin problems, tail problems, Joint dysplasia, Pano, Allergies|
|Life Span||10 to 16 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$400 to $900|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$485 to $585|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$510 to $610|
Where does the Bullweiler come from?
Dogs have been man's and woman's best friend for thousands of years and in that time we have experimented with mixing different breeds leading to the creation of new breeds. Nowadays many people think of mixed dogs as mutts, but there has been an increasing trend in the deliberate breeding of first generation dogs using mostly two purebreds. These dogs like the Bullweiler are being called Designer dogs. Many have names that blend parts of the parent names and some of them have become very popular and big business for breeders who deal in them. It is important though to take care where you buy from, as a lot of puppy mills and breeders with no morals have seen how much money can be made from the popularity of designer dogs. Most have no origins or information about their beginnings known so we look at the parents for further history.
The Bulldog comes from a Mastiff type dog and was developed in England to be a bull baiter. This was a sport where the dog was put in a ring with a bull and was meant to latch onto the bull and pin it. The bull in turn would try to toss the dog. It was a spectator sport and was also thought to tenderize the meat. The Bulldog is first mentioned in 1500. He was bred to be fierce, brave, aggressive and tenacious. Bulldogs in those days were a lot bigger too. In 1835 despite the controversy the sport was outlawed and a lot of people thought the dog would die with the sport. However some breeders admired his better qualities and wanted to breed him into a companion dog a person would be proud to own.
Thankfully they were successful and today the Bulldog is a sweet and friendly dog who is no longer the fighter he once was. He is not aggressive though he is watchful and makes a good watchdog. He can be stubborn but he is also kind and easygoing. He is not a fast learner so training takes patience.
In the South of Germany a red tiled villa's remains were discovered during an excavation and led to a town being renamed das Rote Wil. For centuries dogs here were used to drove cattle, for protection and to pull carts of meat. When rail came the breed almost disappeared but they were saved. Over the years they have been used in police work and as a working dog. Unfortunately bad breeders jumped on that wagon and the breed got a bad reputation for temperament and health problems so demand decreased.
Thankfully today breeders are turning this around while fighting the prejudice people still have. He is calm and confident, brave but not aggressive unless he perceives a threat. He tends to be aloof with strangers, he is intelligent and he while he is trainable he can be stubborn. Females tend to be more affectionate and easier to control than males.
The Bullweiler is loving and friendly dog who is easy to love and has a great personality when well raised. He is intelligent and energetic, while protective he should not be aggressive and has a tendency to follow you from room to room for the company. He is eager to please and loves to cuddle as much as a lap dog. He should be calm and easy going, a dog who loves to play and be active but does not get over excited and hard to handle. He can be willful and stubborn and until he is taught better may act out when you leave him alone. While wary of strangers he generally waits for his owner to indicate their approval of this person. He does like to chew a lot!
What does the Bullweiler look like
This is a large to giant sized dog weighing 70 to 120 pounds. He has ears that flap over, a strong sturdy body, large round head and short round muzzle. He can have wrinkly skin around his neck and face. His eyes are dark and his coat is straight, short and dense or smooth. Common coat colors are golden, black, brown, Merle, Brindle, speckled and spotted.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Bullweiler need to be?
He is a very active dog and for that reason and his size he is not best suited to apartment living. He needs room to move around in a yard to play in. Take him out for at least a couple of good long walks a day so he really needs active and committed owners. While he is growing do not let him jump too high as he can damage his knees. Take him to a dog park or somewhere he can run free and play games with you, he would also enjoy joining his owners for their runs or hikes.
Does he train quickly?
He is intelligent and eager to please and inclined to being obedient so training should be moderately easy when you also take into account that head strong side to him too. Remember the important of early training and socialization and remain patient, firm and consistent. He will be a better and happier dog with it and you will be the same as his owner! Keep training methods positive, treats, rewards, praise are all far more effective than any impatience, scolding or punishments.
Living with a Bullweiler
How much grooming is needed?
This is a low maintenance dog when it comes to grooming though the fact he is so big means there is always some effort involved! He is low to moderate shedding but he is not hypoallergenic. He will need to be brushed regularly to keep his coat healthy but as he is low shedding and the coat is short twice a week should be enough. Bath time for dogs this size can be tricky. He does not need a bath weekly, in fact you should only bathe him when he really needs it to keep the natural oils in his skin undamaged. If you have nowhere suitable at home check out some groomers around you as some have bathing stations for all sizes, or consider the simple but useful garden hose! Brush his teeth two to three times a week, check his ears for infections and wipe them clean once a week and have his nails clipped by you, a groomer or vet when they get too long.
What is he like with children and other animals?
This is a good dog with children with socialization. Being raised with them helps but generally he should be playful with them, affectionate and protective. Young children should be supervised just because they might get bumped over. He tends to be good with other pets too but that socialization should especially focus on helping him with meeting other dogs as he can be territorial.
He rarely barks but may make Bulldog like noises when playing and he can snore. He is alert and protective so is a great watchdog. He should be fed at least 4 to 5 cups of good quality dry dog food each day and he should eat it in two to three sittings.
The Bullweiler can inherit health issues from his parents if they have them so ask the breeder for health clearances for them. Those issues include Eye problems, patellar luxation, Reverse sneezing, brachycephalic syndrome, head shakes, skin problems, tail problems, Joint dysplasia, Pano and Allergies.
Costs involved in owning a Bullweiler
The Bullweiler puppy currently goes from something between $400 to $900. Other costs will come to about $450 to $500 and that is for things like neutering, micro chipping, deworming, shots, blood tests, a crate and collar and leash. Annual costs for non-medical needs like food, training, license, toys and treats come to between $510 to $610. Annual costs that are for basic medical requirements like check ups, flea prevention, health insurance and shots come to between $485 to $585.
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This is a big dog so be prepared for that and make sure you have the room for him to move around in doors and a yard to play in outside. He also needs owners who are committed to being active with him and are prepared to spend time socializing and training him. He is a loving and loyal dog who has a lot to offer the right owners.