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Learning About Bull Terriers!

Sara Ochoa

By Dr. Sara Ochoa

There are many fun things to learn about this breed!

Don’t let their name scare you.

While they are rather rambunctious, Bull Terriers are very loving and loyal as well!


Energetic is definitely a good word to describe them.

They will keep you on your toes!

These pups make wonderful pets, and if you are looking for a new companion, take time to consider the Bull Terrier!


There is so much to learn about these doggos and this article is here to answer all your questions!

Questions like, How much exercise does the Bull Terrier need?

What is their grooming like?

Do they get along well with children?

Where did they originate?

Are they good apartment dogs?

All these are covered!

Let’s dive in!



Bull terrier Appearance

The Bull Terrier breed definitely has a unique build.

Small, muscular, and beefy are good words to describe them.

Their nickname, egghead, comes not only from their stubborn personality but also from their appearance.


Bull Terrier’s staple is their long, egg-shaped head and pointy ears.

Their smiling, triangular eyes will surely steal your heart!

Bull Terrier’s stout, muscular build causes a very purposeful and confident trot.

A rather small dog standing just under 2 feet tall and about 50 to 70 pounds.

Out of its weight class, it is considered the strongest breed!


There are two types of coats these dogs can come in.

White is more common, but they can also appear in any other color.

Colored markings are very common, especially on the head.

More about their coats will be discussed later.



Bull terrier Personality

Several key factors affect the development of the Bull Terrier.

The first is early socialization with other dogs and people.

This is true for any dog but especially for this breed, considering their stubborn nature.

Firm but loving training is the next one.

Since these Bull Terriers are known for their mischievous traits, training is very important.

Training will be discussed in depth in another section.

Ample exercise and lots of time with their humans are the last two.

All of this is to ensure that your Bull Terrier is living his best life!


These doggos are among some of the most comical and rambunctious in the dog kingdom.

Their antics and stunts will keep you busy laughing and falling more in love with these pups every day!

One quality outshines all the others however, the Bull Terrier’s loyalty to their humans is unmatched. They are devoted to you forever!


Originally bred to be fighters, these Terriers can be slightly aggressive toward other dogs.

Over the years, breeders started to focus more on traits which eventually transformed Bull Terriers into the gentleman’s breed we have today!


Children love this breed and Bull Terriers love children! They are very affectionate towards the family they care about!

Also, their openness to strangers makes them poor guard dogs.

All of these characteristics are a generalization about Bull Terriers, each dog is unique and shows its big personality in different ways!



Bull terrier Exercise

Bull Terriers are very energetic pups.

In order to be their best selves, they require a lot of daily exercise.

Yes, they are content going on nice, long walks with the family.


But it is important that their alert minds and strong bodies don’t go to waste.

Playing games is one way to stimulate them mentally.

Entering them in canine events challenges them physically.


Since Bull Terriers can tend to be rather standoffish of other pups. Dog parks aren’t an ideal situation.

A secure, fenced-in yard is the most effective and practical solution for your pup to use up their boundless energy.


Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. It should be a bonding experience between you and your Bull Terrier!

It doesn’t take much to make them happy and their happiness should be one of our top priorities!



Bull Terrier Grooming

Grooming for the Bull Terrier is very simple and easy.

This breed has a short, flat, glossy coat that requires minimal care.

A soft-bristle brush or hound glove can be used for weekly brushing.

Occasional baths are all your Bull Terrier needs to look its finest!


As with all pups, remember to check their ears and clean if needed.

Teeth should be cleaned regularly to ensure that these comics have a healthy smile!

Long nails can cause not only discomfort for your pup but can also cause more long-term damage if not taken care of.


If any of these things are new for you, be sure to contact your local veterinarian and get recommended shampoos and kinds of toothpaste.

They can also assist you in getting into a routine to keep your Bull Terrier at their best!



Bull terrier training

You may be wondering, is training that much different from exercise?

The answer is yes!

Training is what shapes your dog and their personality. Exercise burns off energy.


Bull Terriers are slightly stubborn.

To ensure that they don’t get set in their ways and become completely untrainable, the training process should start young.

Getting them used to new people and their fellow dogs is crucial in molding an even-tempered dog.

They also exhibit the independence of the Terriers, so if they decide that training is boring, then it will be nearly impossible to train further.

Using their favorite toys, teaching them new games, and using positive corrections and treats are all ways to ensure that your pup enjoys their training!


Besides training them socially, physical training is very important to Bull Terriers.

This breed excels in canine events, given their breeding.

Agility, flyball, freestyle, weight-pull, and carting are just a few of the sports that Bull Terriers have dominated in the past.

Bull Terriers play many important roles as well.

Crucial roles such as bomb detection, search-and-rescue, service, assistance, health alert, and therapy dogs.


The possibilities are endless when it comes to the Bull Terrier!

However, it is up to their owner to train them and help them live up to their potential.



Bull terrier health

Health isn’t typically a concern when it comes to Bull Terriers.

Even so, it is important to be aware of possible problems or risks.

In the past, hearing has been an issue for some Bull Terriers, so be sure that your breeder did a thorough health screening.

Colored Bull Terriers usually only suffer from deafness in one ear, if at all.

It is important that the owners be aware of any hearing problems before assuming that your pup is disobedient.


Patella evaluation is important given the breed’s very active lifestyle.

Knee dislocation isn’t uncommon with these playful pups.


Nutrition should involve high-quality dog food given in appropriate amounts and clean fresh water at all times.

For young Bull Terriers, calcium-rich foods should be given in abundance to ensure strong bones.

Yogurt, whole milk, and broccoli are just a few foods that are loaded with calcium.


This is a hardy breed, so there are no huge health concerns.

However, checkups should be scheduled and regular to ensure that your Bull Terrier is happy and healthy!



Bull terrier history

Bull Terriers have come a long way from the gladiators they were bred to be.

It started back in the 13th century in Britain with the original ancestor, the Bulldog.

Spectators would place bets on either the bulldog or a staked bull. It was a brutal and bloody battle.

In the 1830s, blood sports with animals were outlawed.


This however did not stop the brutality. Dogfights became popular.

Down in the cellar of taverns, you would find a terrible mauling between two dogs.

It was soon decided that Bulldogs were too slow-moving to provide entertainment in these events.


Instead of giving up completely on the Bulldogs, crossbreeding began with the independent, feisty, Terrier.

Finally, a breed was born and accepted, the Bull Terrier.

The gruesome pit-fighting was finally found out and shut down in the mid-1800s.

Now free from the life of fighting, the young men of Britain decided that with a little work, the Bull Terrier could be a good companion.

After a little refining and sweetening the Bull Terrier’s rough characteristics eventually produced the charming pup we have today.

The nickname ‘gentleman’s companion’ was born at this time.


In 1885 the Bull Terriers were recognized by the AKC, and have been popular in America ever since!

A few of the famous Bull Terriers include General George Pattons, Willy; the 2006 Westminster winner, Rufus; and the most well-known and loved Target mascot, Bullseye!

What a fascinating history!


Where Can I Find My Own Bull Terrier?

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Looking for a new furry friend is no easy task.

And it is something that you want to take your time with.

Your first step should be finding a reliable breeder. 

They should do health screening for all their pups and they should be able to notify you of any problems or concerns.


Make sure to ask questions and find out all you can about your Bull Terrier. 

A good breeder should be happy to answer any questions you may have!

Puppy mills and scammers are everywhere, so you have to be diligent not to get caught in a scam or get involved in a company that doesn’t truly care about their pups.


Meeting your pup is a really good way to find out if you bond and are a good match for each other!

Now if you are looking for your own Bull Terrier companion, you can find one right here at VIP Puppies!

Your search can end today!



Q: Are English Bull Terriers easy to train?

A: Not particularly, no. Bull Terriers are both physically and mentally strong, which can make training a challenge. You must be a firm, assertive owner who can establish a healthy leader-follower relationship. If you’re more of a mild-mannered, peaceful, live-and-let-live kind of person….don’t get a Bull Terrier, else he will run the household. This breed is not for easy-going beginners.


Q: What Makes a Bull Terrier Happy?

A: Bull Terriers benefit from daily, moderate exercise that provides good mental and physical stimulation, such as nice, long walks with the family.


Q: What are bull terriers scared of?

A: Typical causes of anxiety in bull terriers might be: Separation anxiety – Fear of being separated from their owner. This often manifests itself in your bull terrier pacing, drooling, biting, or being destructive while you’re away. Sound anxiety – Fear of loud noises like thunder, fireworks, or a vacuum cleaner


In Closing

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So, were your questions answered?

Do you think the Bull Terrier could be the dog for you?

If you are in fact looking for a loyal sidekick, consider the BT.

You won’t find another dog like them!

Their big personality and playful, comical attitude will steal your heart!

This could be the pup for you!



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