The Story of The Duke of Hucklebutt
About two to three years ago a little fella named DUKE was born in Texas. He doesn't remember how many sisters and/or brothers he had and he doesn't remember his birth mama
He does remember, however, that Texas is hot. His HuMom and Dad loved him very much, but they didn't know quite what to do with him and his English Bull Terrier ways.
See, English Bull Terriers are like toddlers in dog suits who are hopped up on Skittles and Mountain Dew. There is a whole lot of crazy silly fun and then comes the crash! The crazy part includes what a lot of folks refer to as 'The Zoomies'... you know what I'm talking about: Run this way! Stop! Spin in a circle! Stop! Run the other way! And all the while there is panting and smiling - you know they're just having the best time! Anyway, English Bull Terriers do that, but their owners call it HUCKLEBUTT...and HE is a master! If you don't have any idea what that is, well, just stop by YouTube and search BULL TERRIER HUCKLEBUTT.
As the tale is told, then comes the crash. There is snuggling, kissing, and invitations to rub his belly. When he hops into bed he curls up like a kitten all close and snuggly and doesn't make a peep all night.
The Duke is a tri-color (white, black, brindle) mini bull terrier weighing only 40 pounds and won't get any bigger. But don't let his petite stature fool you! Bull terriers are VERY powerful dogs.
His current foster family has a great mix of dogs and he gets along with all of them - big and small, male and female. Duke is very playful, so it's probably best that he's not the only dog. Not sure how he would do with a cats, but can share this - bull terriers have the highest prey drive that there is, so it would not shock me to know that he'd chase a cat.
Now back to that 'toddler in a dog suit' thing:
Duke needs a lot of structure, consistency, a little discipline if he pushes too much, and LOTS of positive reinforcement. If you identify as a pushover, this is not the dog for you. His FosterMa works with him on a daily basis to learn basic commands and we believe that education needs to continue for a long time to come. Duke has learned that going into a crate is a good thing. He knows how to sit, too. His 'stay' needs LOTS of work! :)
And now back to the 'powerful'... if you have small kids, he's not the guy for you either. Duke is fast and strong. We don't want anyone getting knocked down like a set of bowling pins. And besides, once you're on the ground, he will pounce on you and lick you to death! Then there is the fact he can jump 4 feet vertically with no problem... do you have a 6' fence?
Finally, to be the mama or daddy of a bull terrier, you need a sense of humor! Duke is a funny little dude and can find himself getting into things if left unattended (see above: TODDLER). He will require a good deal of exercise to burn off some of that energy, so couch potatoes are not the people for him.
His FosterMa is a bull terrier owner herself and insists that potential adopters research this breed before applying. Her motto: BULL TERRIERS ARE A LIFESTYLE!
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