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    hello all my name is graham im from north wales ive been looking for an english bulldog for a while and a friend of a friend has a 4 year old male named buster she wants rehoming . hes a realy handsome looking fella and loving the questions i need answering are simply i have a two and a half year old son and was wondering how buster might be with him and will he even take to my son . also i think he lives most of his life outside and if i was to take him he would be living in doors with me as he would definately be apart of my family and would be going everywhere with me im just woundering how he would be making the transition from living outdoors to indoors thank you for your time in advance and any advice would be grately appreciated

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    First off, welcome! Does your friend who is rehoming him have kids or has he been around any that you know of? Are there behavioral issues as to why they are rehoming or is it financial or what? Generally bullies tend to love kids BUT not knowing the background of this one there is no way to say. 2 1/2 is a tough age if this pup hasnt been socialized around them so I would def be extremely cautious as you get to know him and keep him separated unless completely supervised. We almost took in a bully many years back that was loving and in need of lots of spoiling to say the least BUT as soon as we brought him in we saw that he wanted to bite at my daughter. We couldnt wait for that to happen so we found him a home with someone who did not have kids. How wonderful that you are willing to take in this baby and give him the love that he should have had all these years. Bullies are not outdoor pups. As for the transitioning indoors, you will get much help here. I honestly dont have much advice but what worked for us with all our potty training was treats treats treats. Everytime they potty outside, give a treat and they learn FAST what to do to get another.

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    first hello and I think it's awesome you want to take him in. You have to ask some questions has he ever been around kids how is he with other people does he have any issues like food aggression with a two year old you have to be careful. An he's an outside dog so your probably going to have to potty train him I just think if you Keep your dog outside why have one at all but that's just my opinion hope everything goes well good luck

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    @gra76 I think he would transition to an indoor dog in seconds!!! Bulldogs really should not be outdoor dogs, its very dangerous. In regards to getting along with your son, I cannot speak from personal experience as I don't have kids, but bulldogs are so sweet, I don't see why him and your son wouldn't be best friends. Plus a lot of people here have children and bulldogs that will come along soon.
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    sorry thought i had said lol yes she has 2 young kids of her own who buster has been brought up with and been around she has said that he is great with her kids and i dont think she would have offered him to me if he was at all nasty she knows i have a young son . the reason she is selling is purely financial . im taking my son to meet him tomorrow to see how he takes to him any tips i should look out for hope it all goes ok as i think hes great and will go everywhere i go

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    Quote Originally Posted by loveabully View Post
    first hello and I think it's awesome you want to take him in. You have to ask some questions has he ever been around kids how is he with other people does he have any issues like food aggression with a two year old you have to be careful. An he's an outside dog so your probably going to have to potty train him I just think if you Keep your dog outside why have one at all but that's just my opinion hope everything goes well good luck
    i totally agree i realy dont like the fact he is outside he would probably end up sleeping on the bed at night lol my mane concern obviously is how he will be with my son even though he has been around kids his whole life and apparently is good with them would he be the same with my son

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    Quote Originally Posted by LillyNBruin View Post
    @gra76 I think he would transition to an indoor dog in seconds!!! Bulldogs really should not be outdoor dogs, its very dangerous. In regards to getting along with your son, I cannot speak from personal experience as I don't have kids, but bulldogs are so sweet, I don't see why him and your son wouldn't be best friends. Plus a lot of people here have children and bulldogs that will come along soon.
    can i just ask what you mean by its dangerous for them to be outside do you mean it sends them mad or do you mean because of health issues . thanks

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    @gra76 Health issues. They have poor breathing as it is, so when they're outside in the heat they can get heat stroke. Heat stroke is one of the common things that kill bulldogs. My Lilly looovves to lay in the sun in the dining room and she won't even realize how hot she is. I have to make her get up and move to another room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LillyNBruin View Post
    @gra76 Health issues. They have poor breathing as it is, so when they're outside in the heat they can get heat stroke. Heat stroke is one of the common things that kill bulldogs. My Lilly looovves to lay in the sun in the dining room and she won't even realize how hot she is. I have to make her get up and move to another room.
    thanks for clearing that up for me . yes ive been doing a lot of reading up on the whole breathing issues that they have just found out that hes an old tyme english bulldog i believe they dont have as many health problems is this correct

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    Quote Originally Posted by gra76 View Post
    thanks for clearing that up for me . yes ive been doing a lot of reading up on the whole breathing issues that they have just found out that hes an old tyme english bulldog i believe they dont have as many health problems is this correct
    I do believe an olde english has a longer snout so their breathing wouldn't be as tough.


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    Correct, most Olde English Bulldogges have longer snouts, are taller & less fat and are
    generally more active & agile because of these traits than English Bulldogs.

    Not sure if they are okay to be outside vs inside dogs but I'm sure will be healthier and
    most definitely MORE happy living inside w/you & your son. It will create a closer bond
    between all of you much faster.

    How wonderful you are to give an older Bully a home, I've done the same with a 5-6 y/o
    Bully just one month ago, my Hubby was astonished when I told him this last night, it
    really feels like he's been in forever!

    I say, go for it, most Bullies are surprising gentle w/children, just observe closely, always
    supervise and be teaching your son the do's and don'ts of acceptable interaction with dogs.

    A good book/video might help, I'm sure there are great suggestions here on EBN.

    Post pics of your son, your bully and yourself...we LOVE pics...and...WELCOME!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Carol View Post
    Correct, most Olde English Bulldogges have longer snouts, are taller & less fat and are
    generally more active & agile because of these traits than English Bulldogs.

    Not sure if they are okay to be outside vs inside dogs but I'm sure will be healthier and
    most definitely MORE happy living inside w/you & your son. It will create a closer bond
    between all of you much faster.

    How wonderful you are to give an older Bully a home, I've done the same with a 5-6 y/o
    Bully just one month ago, my Hubby was astonished when I told him this last night, it
    really feels like he's been in forever!

    I say, go for it, most Bullies are surprising gentle w/children, just observe closely, always
    supervise and be teaching your son the do's and don'ts of acceptable interaction with dogs.

    A good book/video might help, I'm sure there are great suggestions here on EBN.

    Post pics of your son, your bully and yourself...we LOVE pics...and...WELCOME!
    well we are going to see him properly midday tomorrow so its a 15 and a half hour wait now lol im hoping hes going to love us as much as im sure we will him when we meet and thank you i would like to rehome an adult dog before considering a puppy as cute as they are

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