We had to take our bulldog Monster back to the breeder. After discussing his personality flaws (which hadn't gotten better with time, training, etc) we emailed the breeder.

He took our bulldog at 15 months back, he still had food aggression issues, was defensive, and would have probably bit our son at some point, or an invisted visitor or guest.

If it had just been us, we'd have kept him, but he didn't out grow his "flaws" like we were hoping he would.

It was a hard lesson for me to learn that some things that are innate into a puppies personality can't be easily fixed with love, training, socialization, etc. some things are just hard wired into their personalities and not all of them can be fixed.

I got so used to working with abused/abandoned dogs who under neath the trauma were decent dogs, i'd never had to throw in the towel before.

He never improved with our family....

I think the only reason the breeder gave us a new puppy is how deticated we'd been to working with him, how much effort we put into him... (oh and the 2800 dollar sugery he just had to have and we paid it with out complaint.)

I think the breeder knows we're good pet owners and only threw in the towel because it was obvious whatever issues he had as a puppy, he wasn't going to get better with in the environment he was in with us.

He didn't like our son, he didn't like half our friends... we really were the only people who could safely handle him, and it became obvious that we may not be able to use him for the sport we wanted to use him with because we weren't sure he could pass the temperment test.

The breeder may be able to find a use for him and not have to put him down... he's capable of dealing with his issues, and we had small children and had to make the choice to throw in the towel after a year and a half of daily work with him.

He would have bit someone eventually in our household, for no reason. it was hard, 99% of the time, he was this perfect dog, and 1% of the time, he turned into demon dog from hell like he was bipolar.

I think the fact that he was so good 99% of the time, we kept thinking we could fix that 1% of his personality that made him dangerous.... because it was so rare... but after he went after our son from across the room for no reason and tried to rip through his crate after he got put in there for being bad... it was time to throw in the towel.

He was getting worse as he got older instead of better. We were the only two people he respected enough that i would trust he wouldn't have bit.

And, it wasn't aggression, it was more from a fear-place... he was defensive.. most dogs learn young "you bite, you die." and get the concept that you don't act that way... he never got it.

I've only seen one other dog act like him, and it was from a litter of dobermans and my grandmother had to put down her prize male that she was intending to show because he was unstable in the same way our bulldog was.... It was a wiring, personality flaw issue...

I couldn't make the call to put him down... so I called the breeder instead.

He gladly took him back for us and will evaluate him and see if there's a suitable job/placement for him with out small kids... or if his particular food issues and defensive issues are too dangerous to keep him alive.

The breeder gave us a new puppy....

he's twice the size our other one was at 8 weeks.

We decided to name him Patrick aka "Paddy"

All the traits that our last dog exhibited at 6-10 weeks old... this puppy isn't showing.

No food aggression, no fear, no defensive drive if cornered - he's really confident for an 8 week old puppy... not snippy, seems to actually like our son...

The difference is night and day.

Here he is, he's 8 weeks old, and gigantic.  he's 20 pounds at 8 weeks.

Here he is and our 5 year old rat terrier. We were watching a movie.  he likes TV.

He knows "toy" "no" "good boy." "get it" he's really quick... and he's smart and he just hangs out with me. He doesn't wander and is clingy. I really am enjoying his personality...

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Nov. 8, 2010 at 6:17 PM

 He is a beautiful puppy!!  We have an American Bulldog,and I absolutely love the breed!!  Good Luck with your new puppy!!

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Nov. 8, 2010 at 11:34 PM

hes a cute puppy. hope this one works out for ya.

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Nov. 9, 2010 at 11:17 AM

He is adorable! I am sorry that you had to throw in the towel with Monster, but sometimes you have to do what is best for your family, and you did your best, thats all you could do.  At least you DID try, some people wouldnt have tried half as hard as you.  Congrats on the newest puppy, he is too cute!

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Nov. 9, 2010 at 1:28 PM

So sad about Monster.  He was so handsome with his color and markings.  I'm glad that you were able to get Paddy though.  I'm sure he will turn out to be a good dog for your family!

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Nov. 13, 2010 at 1:20 AM

He is too cute. good luck. Sorry to hear about monster. Its so hard when you have to give up a pet.

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