Thompson Shorty Bull base stock came from both Jamie Sweet of Blue River Bullies (BBC) and Amy Krogman of Blue Rock Bullies (BBCR), the founders of the Shorty breed. The following standard for the breed was designed by Jamie Sweet and Amy Krogman for the Shorty Bull.
Shorty Bull Standard
Shorty Bulls are a compact and muscular bulldog of small stature. They are athletically inclined and incredibly agile. Shorty Bulls have a strong desire to please and are highly intelligent and good natured. Shorties, as they are often referred to, make well rounded dogs for the entire family. They have a zest for life and are little comics. They can easily adapt to different lifestyles from apartment living to life on the farm. Shorty Bulls should never be extremely shy or overly aggressive.
EXPLANATION OF THE SHORTY BULL STANDARD:
- Any standard is essentially a measuring tool which allows us to determine that one thing is greater or smaller than another.
- The breed standard does not define a single ideal dog, but rather lays out the blueprint for the ideal of the breed. The contentious breeder wants to procure not the one great dog, but an entire bloodline of consistent dogs that meet breed standard.
-Thus, the standard helps him to do so by setting the limit within which the idea of the breed is to be produced. Therefore, the breed standard must be precise enough to say what shall be considered ideal, and it must be open enough to not disqualify because of mere individual differences.
Shorty Bull Breed Standard:
Height: 15" at the withers and under
Weight: 40 lbs. and under
Head: Round head with typical bulldog features. Eyes set far apart and protruding. Jaw should be curved, not straight. Nose should be turned up slightly and be black or liver colored. Dudley noses are a cosmetic fault:
Bite: Undershot, but not excessively undershot
Eyes: May be any color, although brown is the preferred color
Body: Should be short from back of the neck to base of the tail. Chest should be broad for height and have depth reaching to the elbow. A compact looked is desired.
Width: Front quarters and hind quarters should be proportionate, not lending to a narrow rear, and the chest may be broader than the rear, but very narrow hindquarters are a fault.
Legs: Heavy boned and in direct proportion to the body. Long legs in proportion to the body or fine bones are a fault. Cow hocks and pigeon toes are a fault.
Feet: Tight feet and straight pasterns are desired. Splayed feet are a fault.
Tail: Tail must be short, either docked or screwed.
Color: All Coast colors are accepted except merle and black and tan.
Temperament: Good natured and even temperament is desired. Extreme shyness or undue aggression is unacceptable.