Caring for your Bull Terrier

Bull Terriers are generally fun loving dogs, often acting like clowns, with easy going temperaments.  They thrive on firm, consistent leadership & affection. They are not the sort of dog, to be left in a backyard on their own.
They love to exercise in short, sharp bursts!  Bull Terriers are not built for endurance, only small amounts of exercise is suitable, 20 to 30 minutes, or a leisurely walk!  The amount of exercise, as a puppy grows is also important, as too much can be detrimental to his growing bones. 'What you see, is what you get', in this breed.

The construction of the dog & his well being in his skin & coat, cannot be disguised.  Quality food & products are very important, both for puppies & adults.  Some Bull Terriers are very susceptible to skin problems, hence the importance of quality dry & wet food, shampoos etc.  Some plants in the garden can also cause contact allergies.
When you pick up your puppy, he will still be having 4 meals in 24 Breakfast 6.30am, Lunch,12.30,Dinner 5.30pm & Supper 10.30pm. Usually the first meal to cut out, is lunch. Eventually, a morning & evening meal will be sufficient. Use a food bowl that is durable! I use Stainless Steel bowls, for both food & water. Do not leave any food lying about, as it will attract flies & toads. If the puppy hasn't eaten all of his food,[which would be unusual] remove  it. I do not leave food in between meals. Please don't use a bucket for water. I've actually heard of a pup drowning. a stainless steel bowl, that cannot be overturned is best. With bedding, a crate or small enclosed area, with a cotton quilt in summer & a fleecy blanket in winter is suitable.

Vaccinations & Worming:
Puppies require vaccinations from 7 weeks, plus micro chipping. Generally, puppies have 3 vaccinations, & then have a yearly vaccination & check up.  With flea & tick control, & heartworm prevention, there are many products on the market.  Your vet can advise, as to what would be suitable for your pet.

Do not use towels, especially with adults, as they can chew them, & if swallowed can mean a trip to the vet!

Bull terriers love to be 'inside dogs' & settle readily to life on the couch! With adults, a secure area is important, when family go to work or school. Shelter & water are paramount. A Bull Terrier left in a boring backyard, without any stimulation, is a recipe for problems! Bull Terriers are great family companions but also enjoy the company of other dogs.
Terriers are active dogs & generally like to be 'busy'! On returning home, don't forget to acknowledge your pet! He's been waiting for you, so some attention,  like a play session, a walk or just being with you, is very important.[ or spending time with you, whilst you're in the kitchen!]  Routine is very important in a growing puppy's life.  Regular meal times, play sessions & sleep time, all contribute to a well adjusted 'citizen'!   A place for sleeping, either a pen or crate, will make the puppy feel safe & secure.

External information links:
Pet MD
General care

Universities Federation of Animal Welfare
On Atopic Dermatitus

The Bull Terrier Club
On Diet

About the breed -Bull Terrriers

The Bull Terrier
At the start of the 19th century the "Bull and Terrier" breeds were developed to satisfy the needs for vermin control and animal-based blood sports. The Bull and Terriers were based on the Old English Bulldog (now extinct) and Old English Terriers with possible other terriers. This new breed combined the speed and dexterity of lightly built terriers with the dour tenacity of the Bulldog.

Their personality is described as courageous, full of spirit, with a fun-loving attitude, a children-loving dog and a perfect family member. A 2008 study in Germany showed that Bull terriers have no significant temperament difference from Golden retrievers in overall temperament research.

The Bull Terrier's most recognizable feature is its head, described as 'egg-shaped' when viewed from the front; the top of the skull is almost flat. The profile curves gently downwards from the top of the skull to the tip of the nose, which is black and bent downwards at the tip, with well developed nostrils. The under-jaw is deep and strong. The unique triangular eyes are small, dark, and deep-set. Bull terriers are the only dogs that have triangular eyes. The body is full and round, with strong, muscular shoulders. The tail is carried horizontally.
The Miniature Bull Terrier
In the early 1900s, the difference between the breeds was determined by the dog's weight. However, this led to Miniature Bull Terriers becoming so small and fine that they looked more like a Chihuahua than a Bull Terrier. So, in the 1970s, the weight limit was replaced with a height limit of under fourteen inches (35.5cm). They are usually no smaller than ten inches. According to the AKC, miniature bull terriers' weight must be proportionate to its height. However, they tend to range anywhere from 9- 16 kgs.

Fun Facts About Bull Terriers - Dogs 101

Fun Facts About Miniature Bull Terriers - Dogs 101