Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > Breed characteristics and traits

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old February 17th, 2008, 01:06 AM
BottleBabyMom BottleBabyMom is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Central,NJ
Posts: 2
Bully breeds and Cats..

My dog is 15 years old.. I adopted her at 8 years old and the last couple months she hasnt been doing to well.. Last month (January) she was diagnosed with a slight heart murmur. We brang her back to the vet on thursday(Feb.14th) as she didnt want to go outside or eat or take treats(which she loves) the vet says it has moved to the other side and now has a double heart murmur and its moving rapidly.. the vet is unsure on how long she has left.

Well we are doing research on breeds that are good with cats.. As I do cat rescue and am always having cats and kittens coming in and out. I do have 6 cats of my own now. My dog LOVES cats to death.. She helps care for the kittens we get in that dont have mothers. My family want a bully breed and know how loving they can be but are unsure if they will be ok with cats. I know they get a bad rep and it depends on individual animals. But any help with bully moms or dads will be appriciated. I want to do as much research as possible before making the leap..
Reply With Quote
Old February 17th, 2008, 03:17 AM
Myka's Avatar
Myka Myka is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Saskatoon, SK.
Posts: 936
Are you saying you're looking to replace your dog before she even dies? :sad: Or am I reading this improperly?

As far as bully breeds and cats...my dog doesn't tolerate cats well. She grew up with cats, and she was very good with them and other people's cats, but when they died about 5 years ago (they were 18 years old) my dog didn't tolerate cats ever again. She's offensive with cats.

On the other side, my dog doesn't tolerate other dogs very well either. She was well socialised as a pup, and played with a lot of dogs. When she was about 1 1/2 - 2 years old she snapped at a young dog that she often played with. Ever since that day she'll snap at another dog that comes in her space. She'll kind of play with other dogs under close supervision, but only if the other dog doesn't pay a lot of attention to her. More like she'll run around happily alongside another dog, but will snap if the dog jumps around her or tries to sniff her butt. She doesn't go for the kill, but she clearly tells them to leave her alone. She's defensive with dogs.

Bully breeds aren't for everyone. They often have dominant personalities, which many people have a hard time dealing with just because they miss the signs of the subtle dominant behavior, and only notice once it's become really obvious. Don't confuse dominance with aggression though.
Roxy - Feb 2005 - 75 lb American Staffordshire Terrier (adopted Jul 2011)
Peewee - Jan 2006 - 8 lb Chihuahua (adopted May 2009)
Myka - Nov 1998 to Jan 2010 - 85 lb American Pit Bull Terrier cross
Lacy - Sept 1992 to July 2003 - 18 lb Reg Shetland Sheepdog
Reply With Quote
Old February 25th, 2008, 02:43 PM
Brooster Brooster is offline
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Mississauga ON, Canada
Posts: 69
The Staffie in our family was four when he came to us. The previous owner said he was good wth cats and allowed is to "try him out" for a week. She was right , PJ loves `Kota and Elmer, his two feline buddies.
Reply With Quote
Old March 20th, 2008, 11:45 PM
BottleBabyMom BottleBabyMom is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Central,NJ
Posts: 2
No.. i'm not saying i'm trying to replace her.. i love my dog if i didnt i wouldnt be trying to keep her happy in her older days.. or wouldnt have saved her from being put to sleep..

I'm just trying to do research of the type of dog i would want.. if she does pass away.. she's the best dog.. she was her issues from health to aggression with other dogs and men but i deal with it.. i bring her to the vet every week to have her rechecked... and i brought her to 2 different vets for opinions.. the last vet scaled her a 4 on a scale from 1-5..1 being not so bad and 5 being the worst of heart murmurs.. that was just in 2 months..

I just want opinions on what people think would be a good dog with cats as i do cat rescue... I love the bully breeds and would love to rescue one..
Reply With Quote
Old March 20th, 2008, 11:52 PM
LavenderRott's Avatar
LavenderRott LavenderRott is offline
Senior Contributor
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Michigan
Posts: 2,671
IMHO, it depends more on the individual dog (and cat) then the breed.

If you are planning on getting a puppy I would strongly suggest that you find an ETHICAL breeder (especially if you are looking into a bully breed!) and when you get it home teach it how to behave with cats.
Reply With Quote
Old March 21st, 2008, 10:57 AM
Praellwyn's Avatar
Praellwyn Praellwyn is offline
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Montréal, QC
Posts: 64
Bullis = Vet $$$ !!!


Check out my thread `Bulli`s Urinary Infections` in Health (1st pg) for an idea of Bulli health problems. I found an ETHICAL breeder thru Scarlet`s Bulli uncle Spyke (healthy) with a GREAT show rep. She is on Dogster & Dogbook (Facebook). Search Scarlet, Bulldog, Female, & Montreal if interested. Little `Net time. Can give web sites if interested.
Reply With Quote
Old March 21st, 2008, 10:58 AM
Praellwyn's Avatar
Praellwyn Praellwyn is offline
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Montréal, QC
Posts: 64

check title site for cat friendly dog breeds.
Reply With Quote
Old March 24th, 2008, 11:20 PM
Amee's Avatar
Amee Amee is offline
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Vancouver Island, Canada
Posts: 47
My mom fosters dogs for a pitbull rescue in BC, she has 2 cats and 2 yorkies. She has had at least 3 dogs/puppies a month for the last couple years and only 2 of them have had a problem with the cats.
Reply With Quote
Old March 25th, 2008, 05:04 AM
mastifflover's Avatar
mastifflover mastifflover is offline
Senior Contributor
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Toronto
Posts: 4,007
It really depends on the dog my Neo hated cats my English loved them. I have had many breeds and I don't think any one type of dog is better than another with cats. A friend has a pit a staff and a 2 cats and they all get along great.
A dog has so many friends because they wag their tails not their tongues.
R.I.P. Buddy 2002-2008 The best Mastiff ever.
Now owned by Clark the Crazy American Bulldog
Reply With Quote
Old March 25th, 2008, 07:03 AM
clm's Avatar
clm clm is offline
Senior Contributor
Typing Test Champion, Curveball Champion, Mahjong Champion, Zookeeper Champion
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
Posts: 3,333
If you are planning on getting a rescue dog , get one that's being fostered with cats. That way you'll be sure the dog is used to them.

Reply With Quote
Old March 25th, 2008, 07:45 AM
SARAH SARAH is offline
Senior Contributor
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 1,718
I brought a kitten to a house where there were already 2 pit bulls (byb bred ones) one of which enjoyed a fight although he didn't look for them. The cat was fine.

Later, I brought rottweiler puppies into a house with grown cats. They slapped the puppy around a little to teach it who was boss, and that was it.

I also brought an adult Airedale terrier to the same house with cats, and everyone was fine.

Bully breeds? Bully owners! Any dog is friendly, especially if you get a puppy. If you get a rescue, I agree with clm's diagnosis

Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
    Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 0%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:55 AM.