The Bull Terrier is an intelligent, muscular dog that makes a good family pet. They can be housed in an apartment as long as they get frequent walks, but a properly fenced in enclosure for exercise is preferable. They should always be kept on a lead when walking because they may have serious issues with other dogs and animals. They need an experienced handler and firm training.
Good With Children?
Not great. She needs to be properly socialized. Please remember never to leave any young child unsupervised with a puppy or dog.
Good With Other Pets?
May be very aggressive with other dogs and pets.
Approximate Adult Size
The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the male and female bull terrier is 20 to 24 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 45 to 80 pounds. The miniature version runs from 10 to 14 inches to the withers and 24 to 33 pounds.
Special Health Considerations
Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Bull Terrier is no exception. Be on the look out for zinc deficiency, obsessive behavior, slipped patella, weight gain, skin problems and flea allergies. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.
She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.
The Bull Terrier has a short, harsh to touch, flat coat with a gloss. She is an average shedder and should be brushed once or twice a week. Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat, avoid mats and help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her.
Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.
Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net.
The Bull Terrier can live between 10 and 14 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.
Bull Terriers come from Great Britain where they were formed by crossing terriers (especially the extinct White English Terrier) and the old English Bulldog. They are fast and fearless. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1885.
- Bull Terrier Club of America
- UKC United Kennel Club
- NKC National Kennel Club
- CKC Continental Kennel Club
- APRI Americas Pet Registry Inc.
- AKC American Kennel Club
- FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale
- NZKC New Zealand Kennel Club
- KCGB Kennel Club of Great Britain
- ANKC Australian National Kennel Club
- ACR American Canine Registry
4 to 8 Bull Terrier puppies
Terms To Describe
muscular, active, keen, intelligent, sweet, fearless, muscular, agile
SPECIAL GOOD POINTS
- Very good watch dog.
- Scary looks a deterrent to thieves.
- Sense of humor.
- Keeps herself clean.
- Sweet disposition.
- Very good guard dog.
- Should be controlled by leash when in public.
- Experienced handler preferred.
- Should be owned by an experienced handler.
English Bull Terrier
Every dog is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your dog. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.
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