Introduction to The Shorty Bull
What began as a personal challenge to test my own breeding theories and to conquer the quest to custom build a bulldog became the Shorty Bull as we know it today. By combining the traits I wanted to preserve and by using several established breeds the Shorty Bull is now it’s own breed and carries it’s own distinct traits and characteristics that sets it apart from the foundation breeds used in the process.
Many of the Shorty Bulls have received their Canine Good Citizen Certifications over the years. Some of my personal Shorties have received their ATTS certifications from the American Temperament Testing Society. Stability and strong nerves are a high priority and I hope to continue to pass that on through the generations. Shorties should be balanced and well rounded, being able to adapt to many different situations and environments. Shorties should never be extremely shy or overly aggressive, although some may develop dominance issues as they age leading them to believe they are bigger than they actually are. Most Shorties do well with other animals when raised together or introduced at a young age but problems can arise when dominant Shorties are introduced to members of the same sex that are also dominant.
Developed as companion animals, Shorty Bulls are novelty dogs. They are strictly for enjoyment. Given their size, they meet many of the restrictions for city dwellings and adapt easily to a metropolitan lifestyle. Being durable, they are also at home on the farm in a rural setting living outside.
Shorty Bulls are economical to feed and as a whole are generally very healthy, putting the need for veterinary care at a minimum. Most Shorty Bulls breed and whelp on their own with litters ranging from four puppies to as many as ten with six being the average litter size. As with any breed, an occasional cesarean section may be needed if the breeding pair have large heads with wide shoulders, but natural whelping is the norm. Shorty Bulls can lead active lives in busy environments or can adapt to quieter lifestyles with short periods of daily exercise. They are suitable for any age and are particularly tolerant of children. Grooming is minimal and a good brushing once a week will keep them shiny and clean. Housebreaking is easily accomplished when a routine is followed for a period of time. Shorty Bulls are definitely creatures of habit. Crate training is also recommended to begin at a young age and again, routine is key to good crate habits.
The Shorty Bull is a big dog in a small package. All the things I enjoyed with my large dogs is possible to some extent with the Shorties. They have a comical personality which defines their individuality and a zest for life that makes owning a Shorty Bull an experience all it’s own.
By Jamie Sweet, Shorty Bull Founder.