I have no idea how true the rumor is that you can get a Bear if you become a pupil of someone who has one, but I have one along with two Dogs. I've made many pupils for Hulk Mad myself to see if it works and I did get a Bear with one out of about 35. Many others got Dogs and one got a Panther. It sure would be nice to get a Panther AND a Bear, but I am told that can't happen.
Anyway, I need pupils badly. You sure have nothing to lose. Good luck!
P.S. I have a second Panther with "The Ron Burgundy". The Legend grows. LOL.