If you have never seen the original version of Where the Red fern Grows, I strongly suggest you do. We were not that rustic, but there are many similarities.
Bulldogs came later in life. Outside the Cur Breeds, and Hounds, I had many Dobermans. As time and my abilities progressed, I got away from the Dobes. I could make my other dogs nasty, so I no longer had to feed a dog just for protection. There are very few breeds of dog that I have not owned at one time, or another. Most just don't survive the first 365 days. When I said cull any dog that quits you, I meant it.
My first Cur dogs would bay the hog. When I walked up to the bay, and made sure it looked like a fair fight, I would say, "Gethatsonofab###h". When I did that, they jumped in a grabbed some bacon. After years of stitching up dogs that were ill equipped for the job I had given them, I decided I needed a catch dog to take the abuse.
I had already seen tons of Pit Bulls catch, and I wanted no part of a six month dog.(Every Redneck feeds a Pit to catch hogs, because they are cheap and easy to find) If hunted regularly, they will not live more than about six months. Eventually the dice will roll craps, and the hog will cause REAL PAIN in the dog. At that very moment, every second you spent training that dog flies out the window, and he goes 100% pure instinct. He goes for the jugular on a hog. The jugular is like one foot back, deep inside muscle, and would take a month to chew your way to. Secondly, all that muscle protecting the jugular is power like no other animal can imagine. Getting low on a hog, is an instantaneous death sentence.
Hogs don't bite, they instantly amputate, with this power. We have not even gone into the razor sharp cutters the boars have.
So I went and hunted with people that had catch dogs outside of Pits. I saw guys using two of every catch dog breed, except for American Bulldogs.
First of all, I have had roughly 30 adult dogs at any given time, most of my life. The thought of not having to feed an extra dog, appealed to me greatly. BUT ... the first American Bulldog I hunted with, was like 15 years old. Not a tooth left in her poor old working head. I felt so ashamed to hunt her, until the first time he turned her loose. Then I felt sorry for the boar. She was beyond brutal with that boar. I was sold from that second on.
So now I got a Bulldog I am feeding. The first thing I notice, is the Bulldog is so easy to live with. (Teaching many aggressive breeds, zero animal aggression requires some early deep tissue brain massages) This bulldog does not want to get in trouble.
I just used them for catching for several years.
Then one day, I got a wild hair up my ass. I decided to make a man dog out of one. I had made so many man eaters up to this point, that I could not count. THIS DOG SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ME!!!!!!!
The sole reason I use Bulldogs for man work, is because they scare the shit out of me. That fella whose Gyp I was muzzle fighting, JWV, or ask anyone who has ever laid eyes on a Bulldog wanting to kill you, will attest.
Bulldogs are the most intimidating, and brutal creature on this planet.
What converted JWV to Bulldogs? I did not say shit to him. I don't care the breed of dog another man feeds. He saw a demon possessed Bulldog that wanted to kill a man. How do I know this? He is feeding a Bulldog today.
There is not even a close second, to the ferocity and damage that a Bulldog will happily dish out to a man, simply because you asked.
E-Dog - 2012 WPBTCA National Championships
The time when screech owls and Bandogges howl and spirits walk and ghosts break up their graves.
Act I, Scene IV of William Shakespeare's "King Henry VI"