Yes, I was thinking that Lpn, thanks a lot. I am learning a lot about the breed as a read up on it. :) Something to definately think about. I guess I need a "manly" dog (husbands words) that is great with children. I would like it to be a little on the lazy side. Piggie (pug) was very hyper. Yeah the Shar-Pei is probably not a good idea from what I have read.
I have seven shar-pei from 6 months to (almost) 11 years old ( and 9 pups at the moment). Love them to pieces. :) I think if raised as a puppy with other animals they normally get along great with them. My 11 year old loves everything, including cats, dogs, and people and wouldn't hurt a thing. I have one female that doesn't like other females, but she don't fuss with the 6 month old. Wanna check out some pics?:) http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v292/tamlyncross/Shar-pei/
Awww your shar-peis are just too cute!!! I love all those wrinkles. My best friend has a Shar-pei and we stayed with her this weekend. He was very sweet. She said he usually takes a while to warm up to strangers but he warmed right up to me and my husband. She said if a dog is bigger than him he barks and acts aggressive but little dogs he wants to play with. He is a nice size, smaller than other Shar-peis I have seen. Her vet told her his growth was a little stunted. I have read if they are raised with children they are good with them. Just worried about any potential aggressiveness. But I don't know if this breed would be best as a family pet.
Shar peis are an amazing breed-but they do come with a lot of issues.
First is health-finding a good breeder is very hard.
the aggressiveness cna be an issue but I have yet to see a pei bite a member of a family its in. they attach themselves and they love their people. the problem is they do not always like the other people you bring into your home.
Another thing is they have kind of a stuck up attitude. they don't play the way most dogs do. My grandparents have three peis-one of them will actually look embaressed if you catch her playing. She is the only well bred one. Another of theirs has some aggression issues but she was not only horribly bred but also had a horrible owner for years,her health issues are numerous also. their third was bred as a mini and acts nothing like a pei should. She is kind of like a lab with a wrinkily body-except when someone knocks on the door and she goes nutts.
Why not an American Bulldog? They still have some of the wrinkles, just like the English, but a bit less maintenance. I'm not sure how they are on the hyper scale, when they are puppies, so that may be something to check into.
One of my fellow rescue buddies has one that she rescued from a shelter. He is about 1 yr old and really is the biggest love bug I have met... and an added bonus is that he also does really well with their small children =)
I had an American Bulldog a ways back. He was out of Scott bloodlines (taller, with longer muzzle). He was a lower maintenance dog than English Bulldog. His biggest problem was tearing things up. Never did get him completely out of that. He tore up my lawn mower bag once. There was nothing left but the metal frame. As a pup he was very active. He did get along OK with my other dog and birds. He went about 90lbs when mature. If you want the shorter muzzle and more wrinkles; then look at one with Johnson bloodlines.
Yes Poppyryce. On the site I listed, there are 14 different breeds of "Bulldog" listed. Some are still being developed, but most are at least decades old and being bred true. I came on the site by accident, while researching the Dogue De Bordeaux.
Come guys, anyone that has had a bully know they aren't that easy to potty train, because they are so lazy. they hate the bad weather, wont go outside if it is raining or snowing. We have one bulldog now and we had six at one time. we had two that passed away with no warning. At the age of two. they will snore or make funny noises. but over all great dogs, great with kids (we have four children ages 1 to 13) I love the breed but they can have a lot of health issues. Just really look for a breeder that knows it stuff. Anyway good luck.
I had a shar-pei growing up and he was aggressive twoard any non-family member, but that's just one dog (I'm no expert on Shar-peis). Anyway, I just wanted to recommend the CKC Olde English Bulldogge rather thatn the AKC English Bulldogge. A group of Bulldog lovers came together and decided to try to get the bulldog ack to the way it was in the 1800s - when it was actually used for rounding bulls. These dogs have been bred to be much healthier than the modern bulldog, and they are still beautiful and kind-hearted. I have two of these dogs and they are my big babies! The difference in the two breeds is that the "Oldies" are a little bit bigger at 50-80 lbs instead of 30-50 lb (mine are only about 55-60), their muzzles are just a tad larger, they don't have breathing problems, they don't have eye problems, they can breed by themselves, they don't need c-sections (usually), and they are a little bit cheaper ($1200-$2000 instead of $1800-$3000).........I love the breed and stronlgy recommend you researching them a little before you decide :)
I am going to have a different answer. I also was really wanting a English Bulldog. I did alot of research on this particular breed and found, like what most replies are saying, that they are great house dogs and EXCELLENT with children. I went ahead and purchased my bullie. Of course, as you know, I spent ALOT of money on him. After 8 months of having him we had to get rid of him. He started nipping at my daughter (age 4)and finally got her in the face.... drawing a tremendous amount of blood. He had bitten at me a few times as well. Needless to say he was out the door the same day. We now have a boxer and he is PERFECT! Maybe I just got a bad bullie? Not sure but Iwas not willing to chance it again. From my experience I do not think they are good small children dogs.
I wasn't going to, but I guess i'll jump in with both feet. slumbergal; If your English Bulldog had already bitten at you several times; what was your 4yr old baby doing that close to him. Also, if he had bitten at you several times, what; if anything; did you do to try to find out why he did that. In addition; neither I nor anyone else said they couldn't bite children, just that it was generally unlikely. Indeed, my Bully did bite my Grandson 1 time. His fault and his Mothers fault. He kept wanting to drag her around by her ears. I punished him several times for it, but once while I was at work, he tried to pull her out from behind a sofa where she went to hide and she defended herself. I sure didn't put her out "the same day". Generally they are child safe, but it is up to parents to make sure their children are dog safe. OK, off my S/B.
Slumber - why would you get rid of the dog for nipping? Bullies can be boisterous and don't know their own strength - but that sounds like something that could have been trained out of him.....it's not a typical bully behavior...
if it has tires or testicles, you're going to have trouble with it.......
I have had Pei since the day I was born (literally, my parents had one) I WILL NOT get any other breed. I always socialize mine with anyone I can so they are super friendly. I even fostered over 100 puppies/adult dogs from the local shelter and my male plays the role of daddy. I do get them fixed as soon as possible (that might have something to do with it). They are extremely clean in the sense that they NEVER poo or pee in the house. My female cuddles more (most pei don't cuddle, they are independent) but the trade-off for her being so sweet with us, she is not so friendly to other dogs at first. They are both great with my 4 year old. We had our male before we had any kids and he did fine with her, in fact he is more gentle than the female. As far as health problems, they can be pricey but I hear the the bulldog has a higher price tag all around to purchase and for medical. My female is a Jade East and she is SO healthy, never had an issue. My male came from a back yard breeder and has multiple medical problems. I found your link because I am in a similar situation...My husband is DYING for an English Bulldog and I just cant bring myself to get anything other than a pei because they are so wonderful. I have never had to crate train, they lay on the couch most of the day and would jump in front of a bullet for me. The downfalls: they can get stinky if you don't bathe them often, they bark at everything, they jump on my house guests and they ALWAYS try to run away. ALL issues I am willing to deal with since I have have chewed up shoes or potty on my floor. Every breed will have its downfall and I feel the pei has the least of all evils.