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Remi Growing Up

Discussion in 'American Bully' started by Whiskey_PD815, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. Hello PBC. I'd like to make this thread in order to keep track of my bullies growth. Follow if you'd like, any and all comments welcomed and appreciated.

    Remi's Parents. Mom on left, Dad on right.
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    First Time meeting her @ 2 weeks.
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  2. This is Remi at 4 weeks and 1 day
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    Just Passed 5 weeks
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    SORRY for Links. PBC wont let me upload anything

    Is there any way to determine which parent she is most likely going to develop like?
    To get her ears cropped or not?

    Other info:
    We were forced to pick her up at just under 3 weeks because the parents were neglecting the pups. Sad
    was on semi solid food at 4 weeks. At 5 weeks she switched to Chicken Soup for The Puppy Lovers Soul? or Whatever its called.
    6.7lbs at 5 weeks.
  3. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    What do you mean the parents were "neglecting" the pups? That is incredibly early for a pup to be separated and you may see some serious behavioural issues as a result. I hope you're ready to really socialize the crap out of this dog.

    Whether or not you crop her ears is up to you, but please make sure you really research any potential vet to ensure they will do a good job. Ask for photos of other crops done on bull breeds, ask for references, etc.

    The only real way to guess how she will turn out is to look at the parents, but she could take after either one, another dog in her lineage, or maybe none. You'll just have to wait and see how she turns out.
  4. @BCDOGS
    Yea I was pretty unhappy with her age. And the refusal of the breeder to keep the pup longer with her mom. I guess the mom had issues with feeding and didnt want to anymore. But this is hearsay. I didn't want to see her end up somewhere worse, and lose my investment if they decided to find another home becausw i wanted them to hold her. So far she has been better than expected behavior wise, she responds to her name, and knows how to sit. She has shots and microchipping scheduled for 2 weeks from now. She will be partaking in k9 training classes. And we are socializing her already. We are working on crate training atm. The cropping was what I was worried about. More than likely I will just keep her intact, ears wise. She will be fixed asap. Too many Damn bybs as is. Thanks for your response bc. =)
  5. NobodyHere

    NobodyHere Guest

    That's called weaning. It's normal and natural, and the number of people that are fooled into thinking that they have to take a puppy early to "save" them because the mother is "neglecting" the puppies completely astounds me.

    Yes, and unfortunately you purchased from one and helped to support their future breedings. That said, I hope that you do some research on the risks and benefits of spaying. It's your dog and you can spay her whenever you want, for whatever reason your little heart desires, but I urge people not to "impulse alter" as early as possible simply because they've been brainwashed (often by vets themselves, which is a shame) into believing that it's difficult to avoid an accidental pregnancy or that the earlier you spay the more healthy it is for your dog.

    If you're on the fence about ear cropping, you haven't researched vets well in advance (this is a cosmetic surgery, an art, no normal person would simply pick the first name out of a phone book and sign up for a nose job without a consultation and references/photos of previous work but a surprising number of people do just that when it comes to ear cropping), and haven't researched aftercare and posting, then it's usually best not to crop. Once you take them off, you can't put them back, and depending on the crop, a bad crop may not be able to be fixed by a better vet later on.
  6. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Welcome to the forum!

    Your pup is super cute! Be very careful about having him outside on the ground at such a young age. He's not had all of his shots so his immunity isn't where it should be yet. He's very susceptible to picking up a nasty disease. I would just carry him everywhere and only let him down in areas you know are safe from random dogs/animals and diseases.

    Make sure you're introducing the puppy to strange and scary things like umbrellas and bicycles and plastic bags and people of different ages, races, and abilities.

    It's good to introduce your puppy to dogs of all sizes but do so in a controlled environment. Introduce him to your friends dogs if you know and trust those dogs. Take him to obedience and puppy classes and introduce him to dogs under the supervision of a qualified trainer.

    But always always remember that the bull breeds and their mixes are more highly proned to being dog aggressive and animal aggressive than other breeds. No amount of socialization will change that. Your pup may grow up to be dog aggressive despite you're best efforts. It doesn't mean you've failed as an owner; it means your dog was genetically designed to be DA. It's just the way it is.
  7. SS, thanks for the input. ive never got a pick of the litter before. ive always rescued. the mom was 4 and the dad was 6. this was the first litter from the mom, and 2nd from dad. But who knows whats real. Ive looked into a few vets that do cropping. one was recommended on here. ive talked to a couple pet owners about their experiences and recommendations. i have looked into risks involved with both intact and altered. either way something can happen. just choice.
    unoriginal, thanks for the input. we have already started getting her associated with things around the house, noises, and different people. we mostly carry her around accept for pics.
  8. NobodyHere

    NobodyHere Guest

    As a general rule, if a breeder offers you "pick of the litter" as someone who isn't already deeply involved in dogs (especially that breed) and/or has an established relationship with that breeder, that's a breeder to run away from. Ethical breeders don't breed to sell "pick of the litter," they breed to keep the most promising puppy/puppies or "pick(s) of the litter" for themselves, for their personal use, and to improve upon their breeding program.
  9. Thanks again. I mean they did keep the 1st male for their own. All the rest were re-homed. I appreciate the valuable information ss. Will be posting more pics. She is growing like a weed.
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