The Bull Terrier: A Complete Guide

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Originally, the Bull Terrier was bred to be a fighting dog back in the 19th century.

Over the years, breeders bred out his aggressiveness and today’s Bull Terrier is a fun-loving animal who loves running around with a football and are even excellent skateboarders.

However, if you are planning on welcoming this dog into your home, are you sure you know all there is about this breed?

For example, do you know if these dogs are suitable for apartment living? Are they demanding when it comes to exercise? Are they good with kids?

To answer these and plenty of other questions, we decided to write this Bull Terrier in-depth guide.

By the time you get to the end of this guide, you will be much more informed about all the important things about the breed and know for sure if this is the right breed for you.

To start off, let’s first take a look at some of the most important Bull Terrier, puppy related questions you should be aware of before buying one.

The Bull Terrier Puppies – Before You Buy…

A small Bull Terrier on its hind legs
The Bull Terrier needs a proper training and plenty of love.

Regardless of the breed, there are certain things you should know about the puppies before you buy one.

For example, does its price fit your budget? Or, can you find a reputable breeder and walk away with a completely healthy puppy with good genes?

And, will you be capable of taking care of the pup in a proper way?

Let’s first see what price range should you expect for a high-quality Bull Terrier puppy.

What price are the Bull Terrier puppies?

For a high-quality puppy with all the necessary medical history and parent test clearings, you can expect the price tag to be somewhere around $1,500.

Of course, it can be lower, depending on the breeder and the quality of the parents, but it can also be higher if you are dealing with a breeder that breeds only dog show champions.

So, decide first if you just want a pet dog or if you want him to win medals as well so that you know how to plan your budget.

How to find reputable Bull Terrier breeders?

Reputable Bull Terrier breeders are not that easy to find because this is a popular breed and everyone wants in on the action.

If you want to make sure that you are getting what you paid for, there are some things you should keep an eye on.

For example, when talking to a breeder, ask him to tell you about the breed’s history, the main characteristics, how demanding the Bull Terriers are, and how well he can fit into your life.

A good breeder knows pretty much everything there is to know about the breed, and can easily determine if this is the right breed for you or not, based on your personality and personal habits.

Since reputable breeders are in this business for the love of the breed, and not just to make money, they will be careful of who they sell their puppies to.

So, you should also expect the breeder to ask you questions about yourself, your home and your family so that he is sure his puppy is going into the right hands.

On the other hand, backyard breeders and puppy mill owners will try and sell you the puppy and have you out of their hair as soon as possible.

Surely, with these breeders, you will get a cheap deal. But, you will know nothing about the health state of the puppy, or if some health issues will arise later in the dog’s life.

And, you won’t be able to predict the pup’s personality and be sure if it will be a good pet, or just cause you problems when he grows up.

Therefore, we strongly recommend avoiding such “breeders”.

3 Little-known facts about the Bull Terrier puppies

Two Bull Terrier's on their leads
The Bull Terrier can be a perfect family pet.

After making sure the price range suits you, and after finding out how to find a reputable breeder, let’s see if you have what it takes to live with a Doberman Puppy.

  • They don’t like cold weather

Bull Terriers in general, are not built for cold weather, and that especially goes for the puppies.

If you don’t want your pup to catch a cold, make sure that he wears a dog jacket or a sweater when you take him out for a walk during the winter.

  • They are banned in some states

Before getting a Bull Terrier puppy, make sure the state you live in allows it. For those of you who didn’t know, Bull Terriers are not allowed to be owned in some provinces, states, and cities.

Make sure this breed is allowed in your state or you might have to give your puppy up, even with all the needed documentation from the breeder.

  • They can be too rowdy for small kids

Bull Terriers are energetic and they can get a bit rough when they play. For older kids who know how to behave around dogs, this should not be a problem.

However, when it comes to small kids, the Bull Terrier can be a bit too much for them and they can easily get knocked over during playtime.

Physical Traits of the Bull Terrier

In this section, you will find out how big a Bull Terrier is and how long can you expect him to be a part of the family.

How big is a full-grown Bull Terrier?

This breed comes with a wide range of sizes. But, in general, they should go from 21 to 22 inches in height.

The weight range goes from 45 to 55 pounds. And, as with most other dog breeds, the upper measurements are reserved for males, while the females keep the bottom ends of the height and weight ranges.

What is the life expectancy of the Bull Terrier?

When it comes to how long can you expect your Bull Terrier puppy to be a loving companion and an important member of the family, we can tell you that they can live a relatively long life.

If you take proper care of your dog and take him to regular vet checkups, you can expect your pet to stick around for the next 12 to 14 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Bull Terrier

A Bull Terrier eating a watermelon
The Bull Terrier should not spend much time with small kids.

The Bull Terrier as a breed is famous for being friendly and active. In fact, they are considered as the dog world’s clowns.

The Bull Terrier comes with a wide range of personalities. He can either be innovative and intelligent, or loyal and placid.

In general, you can say that they have that larger-than-life attitude.

These dogs like to keep themselves busy even in their puppy days. And, a life with a Bull Terrier is anything but short of many funny experiences.

They love spending time with their human family and you won’t be seeing him disappear into his corner after the daily walks or exercise is done. On the contrary, he will be where everyone and the action in the house is.

These dogs are best suited for families that live an active lifestyle. This way, they get enough playtime, and considering how active they are, they need plenty of it!

But, no matter how much you love playing with your Bull Terrier, you should keep in mind that they tend to be stubborn sometimes. And, reminding him who the leader of the pack is necessary nearly all the time.

If you let him have it his way, you will soon discover that the role of the Alpha of the pack has been taken away from you and that the dog is making the new rules.

This is why this breed is not recommended for people who never owned a dog before.

When it comes to other animals, especially dogs, since this is a Terrier we are talking about, they can get aggressive.

But, if you want him on his best behavior and not to “brawl” around with neighborhood dogs, your Bull Terrier will need early socialization.

This should include, right from the start, a supervised yet positive exposure to other animals, dogs, and people and situations, and sounds.

This way, he will get used to having other than his family people and pets around him and turn out to be a good behaving, mannered doggy citizen.

As for living with the kids, well, if your kids are not too little and know how to behave around dogs, then you won’t be having a problem when it comes to playtime with the kids.

However, since the Bull Terriers can get a bit tough and “aggressive” while they play, letting small kids pull his ears or letting him run and jump around them freely, will usually end up in tears.

When it comes to Bull Terrier training, you need to be patient, consistent, and confident.

In case you are up for the task, you will soon discover that your Bull Terrier is a lovable creature that lives to please you, loves your family, and has no fear when it comes to protecting them.

Bull terriers have that gift of making even the most frown-eyed people laugh, and living with them is always tons of fun and laughter.

Bull Terrier Diet

When speaking about the Bull Terrier diet, you need to be aware that his diet plan should be split into two equals meals per day, rather than giving him the full food amount right away and let him overeat.

The recommended daily food amount goes from 1 and a half cup of dry food for those Bull Terriers that are couch potatoes and aren’t interested in playtime that much.

On the other hand, for a young, wired to play Bull Terrier, you will need up to 4 cups of high-quality dog food daily.

Why dry, and not semi-wet or wet food, you are wondering? Well, wet or semi-wet dog foods, the commercial ones, have a lot of added sugar.

Having in mind that these dogs can get fat easy, that is something you want to avoid when.

How much Exercise does a Bull Terrier need?

Once you become a Bull Terrier owner, you will soon discover that a regular walk is not going to cut it and that he will want more action.

Getting your dog to be up for a walk might even be a problem as they are more interested in playing, running, and going on adventures, rather than just plain old walking down the block.

Walks should be mandatory every day, but not the main event of his daily outdoor time. To make his exercises, interactive and diverse, we recommend mental exercises, agility, and playing fetch.

The Bull Terrier Health and Conditions

Bull Terriers are not known for bad health, dog breed. But, there are certain health issues that even the Bull Terriers cannot avoid in some cases.

These are the illnesses and conditions you should be aware of:

  • Hereditary Nephritis
  • Deafness
  • Heart Disease
  • Skin Problems
  • Spinning
  • Lens luxation

Of course, this doesn’t mean that your Bull Terrier will suffer from the mentioned health issues, but having reassurance from the breeder in a form of the pup’s parents’ health test clearances, will give you peace of mind.

My final thoughts on the Bull TerrierA side view of the Bull Terrier

Our Bull Terrier in-depth guide is coming to an end.

By now, we hope that you have a much wider picture of what it means to be a Bull Terrier owner.

However, if you still aren’t sure if this breed is your cup of tea, here is a short summary of everything you learned about them today.

The first thing you need to know about the Bull Terriers is that they never want to be in the back rows, no matter what is going on.

They are feisty little extroverts who love having a good time with his family, and they are generally welcoming to new people.

But, that goes only if you train and socialize him from the early puppyhood.

They are also extremely brave and will do anything in their power to protect the ones they love.

But, not all is pink when it comes to Bull Terriers. They have a slightly darker side and can get jealous and possessive.

But, with proper training and plenty of love, your Bull Terrier will live to please you and play with you every time he gets a chance.

He can be a perfect family pet as well, and will also follow the kids into their adventures like a true member of the gang!

Thank you for reading and feel free to share this guide on social media so that your friends can also see how wonderful this breed is.

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