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    Today Roscoe went with me to Petsmart. A little boy came up to pet him and his mother jerked him away and told him that 'Those bull breeds bite. Don't pet him.'
    I ran into the same problem when I take him to the dog park. I've had people tell me that he looks mean and they're afraid to pet him.

    Have any of you ever had a problem with people thinking your bully is vicious or mean? I guess the idea seems so silly to me because I know what a big loving goofball Roscoe is.

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    Yes.. My boo's are just 11 weeks and still there are some people who are afraid of him.. They seems to have the idea that bullies are vicious dog.

    But i kinda like if people are a bit afraid.. So they'll never mess with my boo.. 

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    Default Re: Anyone ever had this reaction?

    We have had all sorts of reactions. Many more positive than negative though. If I would have had a mom tell their kid that in front of me though I would have had to educate her and tell her she was misinformed and English Bulldogs are bred for their sweet temperament.

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    Really? Actually I haven't gotten that reaction at all yet. Bubba is like the celebrity at the dog park! Everyone knows him. He is super friendly to everyone he meets and his whole body wiggles and he gets this silly look to his face when he sees anyone. I agree. I would have actually had to educate that Mom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LariP View Post
    We have had all sorts of reactions. Many more positive than negative though. If I would have had a mom tell their kid that in front of me though I would have had to educate her and tell her she was misinformed and English Bulldogs are bred for their sweet temperament.
    BINGO!

    My experience has been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, it's hard to get any shopping done if I take these two into a Petco/PetSmart. Everybody wants to pet the bulldogs. We use the experience to practice manners - which, so far, has been mostly a failure ---- and it's ALL MY FAULT I know! I let them get away with murder.

    The retirement set, here in my complex, can get a little hinky about them at first...fearing that they'll eat their Yorkies and Teacup Poodles...but the fact is that my dogs are generally better behaved than their fluffy little counterparts. Bo just wants to play with the dog - whomever it is - and Bea wants so slide by the dog to get to the person so she can have some one on one adoration time. The other day, I had to school my boxer-having neighbor on English Bulldog history because she said something totally random - and incorrect - about bulldogs in general. @kayrahbear - craft your standard response for that. You will be ready when it happens again - and it will!

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    well yes most of my reactions to sarah in petco or petsmart have been postitive but i have had the occasional one who is scared to pet her or there kids want to but are afraid. i tell them she loves them and all people and bend down to hold her and they come running over usually. i have had a few kids actually scream and run when they saw her. i just laugh its ok with me. i had a lady just last night when i was walking her around the pizza hut ( dont ask) want to pet her but was scared of her as she was pulling to get to her. i said you have to pet her now she has seen you and i went closer and bent down to hold sarah and she petted her and went inside pizza hut and was telling everyone about sarah. lol. there are going to be those people who are scared and the more people you tell how it really is the more who will know. rule.

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    No Brooklyn has never gotten this reaction, probably because there is NO WAY to mistake her as vicious when she is laying on the floor wiggling her body and shaking with delight that someone new is playing with her. She has picked up a new barking habit though, from the nasty little dogs that live next door. If that continues people might think she's scary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah View Post
    She has picked up a new barking habit though, from the nasty little dogs that live next door. If that continues people might think she's scary.
    Rut Ro!

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    I havent had this so much yet either but wouldnt be shocked thats for sure. Mostly our pups do get star treatment when at the park and at the worst so far kids will ask fi they can pet and if they are mean or if they bite? But that is a good kid. Havent had the negative attention like that yet but I do expect it cuz people are sooo confused when it comes to bully breeds. As if they are all the same dog right? There are so many types and that is what people dont understand.

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    It's not even that there are so many types, each dog is an individual, some bulldogs might bite and some pits and mastiffs that look scary may be the gentlest lovers ever. That is why it is good to teach kids to ask if they can pet first.

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    Haven't had this with Tyson because he looks like teddy bear and a hamster had a baby . As Dozer got older though his bottom teeth stuck out and I ran into this once in a while. Even from people I knew. I was told a couple of times that he "looks mean " The house next to mine is a rental and people move in and out often. So I didn't mind if they were a bit afraid of him. I didn't do much to change their minds as most people know what a bulldog costs and I didn't want them getting any ideas
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    yes i've had people say that bullies are mean dogs and i will immediately correct them. if i have a little kid who wants to pet them i will put the dog between my legs and loop an arm around the neck area so the boys don't get to excited and knock a little person over. if i have both dogs i will lock their leashed almost to their necks so that i can control them. i will let anyone pet them who wants and titan will generally roll straight to his back and stretch for a belly rub so i don't worry about the bowling ball effect as much with him

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