Welcome to our guide to the Bull Terrier.
The DogExperts.info website aims to ask questions to breeders, vets and experienced owners to get the answers to your most frequently asked questions about the Bull Terrier breed of dog.
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Bull Terrier Owner Interview
On this page, we feature an interview with the owner of Snooki, Jersey and Vinny, a trio of Bull Terriers from Victoria, Australia.
Can you tell us who you are and where you live?
I am from Melbourne Victoria.
How long have you owned a Bull Terrier and where did you buy him/her from?
I have grown up with Bullterriers, and have got bull terriers from different states of Australia.
From your experience what makes this breed so special?
Personally, what makes this breed so special is the way they can make you laugh and smile and just so playful and loving.
What type of personality/temperament do they have?
They have the best personality, defiantly true in saying 3 year old in a dog suit. They are just clowns, always doing something silly, always running into walls and just shaking it off like it’s nothing.
I believe the Bull Terrier is quite a popular dog on social media/Internet these days, can you tell us how this started?
I don’t know how this started. I know my page started with my love for my babies and wanted to share my love for them.
What are your feeding routines, such as how often and what types of food do you feed the Bull Terrier?
I feed them once a day and feed them both dry and a strew base meat which is fresh.
Have you encountered any health issues?
I have no encountered any health issues other than rescuing my deaf puppy.
Obviously grooming is another major aspect of owning a Bull Terrier, can you offer any tips, advice and popular accessories for your Bull Terrier?
There are no tips on grooming a bull terrier. They have short hair and easy to look after.
Any other useful tips and advice that you can offer to potential new owners?
My advice would be to always do your research into the breed. They’re not the type of dogs for first time dog owners or people that are used to ‘normal’ dog breed. They are a different kind of dog with their own personality and own ways of living life which is to the fullest, and they are very stubborn.
Thanks a lot for this wonderful interview and for sharing the lovely photos of your Bull Terriers. If you want to find out more, you can visit this page:
Why Choose a Bull Terrier?
What type of owners buy a Bull Terrier?
What in your opinion are the best things about the Bull Terrier breed?
Why do you think the Bull Terrier is special?
What are your favourite things about the Bull Terrier?
Are you glad you choose to buy a Bull Terrier and not another breed?
How would you describe the Bull Terrier temperament?
What advice might you give to people thinking about whether they should buy a Bull Terrier over other breeds?
History & Origins
What are the history and origins of the Bull Terrier?
About The Breed
What colors of Bull Terrier are most popular?
What does the Bull Terrier look like?
What are the pros/cons of the Bull Terrier breed?
What can a new owner expect in terms of differences between the Bull Terrier and other breeds?
Do they attract a lot of interest and curiosity from the public?
What type of typical personality does the Bull Terrier have?
Is it possible to describe a fairly typical Bull Terrier?
What is the breed standard/description for the Bull Terrier?
Were there particular colors people preferred and that maybe you focused on?
Are there any downsides to owning a Bull Terrier that prospective owners should be aware of?
Is the Bull Terrier breed of dog suitable for first-time dog owners?
Some breeds can be described as greedy and prone to weight issues, would this apply to the Bull Terrier?
What are the key differences when compared to other breeds?
Is the Bull Terrier breed suitable for a person or family that are out at work all day?
Some owners seek a breed suitable for barking and offering a guard dog role – how does the Bull Terrier match up to that role?
Are there myths about the Bull Terrier – in other words do new potential owners come to you with misconceptions about this breed?
We asked a number of breeders in the UK and America what essential advice they would give to new owners of Bull Terrier puppies and this is what they said:
What types of questions do you get once owners get their Bull Terrier home?
Can you tell us something most owners would not know – tips, secrets etc from your years of experience?
What is the typical temperament of a Bull Terrier, so people know what to expect from their new pet?
When fully grown how much on average does a Bull Terrier weigh?
When the Bull Terrier is full grown in size what is the maximum height and length expected to be?
Is the Bull Terrier ever crossed or mixed with other breeds of dog?
Does the Bull Terrier smell or drool a lot?
Do you have a Bull Terrier growth chart?
What breed group does the Bull Terrier come under?
What type of coat do they have?
Can they swim?
What does the movement of the tail show, does it mean they are trying to ‘talk to us’ or give us some message?
Are there some types of people that you can suggest the Bull Terrier is not suitable for, perhaps families?
How is the Bull Terrier with children?
Do you think the Bull Terrier is suitable for families with young children?
How does the Bull Terrier get along with other (existing) pets and do you have any tips or advice for new Bull Terrier owners in terms of successful integration?
Is it better to buy one Bull Terrier or two?
Should prospective new owners be aware of any differences between males and females?
Would the Bull Terrier be suitable as a guard dog?
Can I leave my Bull Terrier during the day while I go to work?
What is the expected average lifespan of the Bull Terrier?
In terms of life expectancy, how long on average would the Bull Terrier breed live to?
Food & Diet
Do you have any special feeding routines or diet?
Do you have any feeding advice or brands that you prefer?
How to handle the Bull Terrier puppy to start off – how much food, what type, how often?
What feeding routines and types of food/supplements do you recommend?
What to buy in terms of equipment? Bowls etc
Do owners need to consider supplements for their Bull Terrier?
How about for older dogs?
Buying – How Much Do They Cost?
How much did your Bull Terrier cost to buy?
Can you offer advice to people looking to buy a Bull Terrier and how much should they spend?
What advice would you offer new Bull Terrier owners?
What types of people are buying the Bull Terrier and why?
Where can I buy Bull Terrier rescue dogs or find a Bull Terrier for adoption? Please note that buying or searching for a ‘cheap’ Bull Terrier can be false economy as they may have health issues that cost you far more in the long-term – always buy from a good and responsible breeder!
Do I need public liability insurance or a license?
How would you describe the Bull Terrier puppy to potential new owners?
What types of owners are best suited to owning a Bull Terrier?
What colors and sizes are most popular?
Are there things new owners do that perhaps frustrate you?
What can people expect when they become a new owner?
What inspired you to become a breeder and did you start with the Bull Terrier?
As a Bull Terrier breed expert, are there any ‘essential’ tips you would like to share with new owners?
Are there specific times of the year that you breed?
Choosing a puppy from a litter, what advice could you offer potential new owners in terms of selecting ‘the one’?
How long does it take to housetrain/potty train a Bull Terrier?
When can you take them out in public and how do you handle them around other dogs?
Will they run off – when is it safe to let them off the lead?
We invite you to email us your Bull Terrier’s pictures, in particular we are looking for photos showing Bull Terrier puppies at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 weeks old as well as early pictures such as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 months old to a year old.
Do they have any nicknames or does the Bull Terrier have popular names?
If my Bull Terrier is pregnant what might the litter size be?
Could the Bull Terrier be dangerous around young children?
How do you deal with a problem barker – any tips and advice to new owners?
How do you prevent a Bull Terrier biting?
How do you prevent a Bull Terrier chewing?
How do you stop a Bull Terrier jumping up?
Does the Bull Terrier have an issue with excessive digging?
Why does my Bull Terrier keep growling and barking?
Is there a reason my Bull Terrier dog is often scratching excessively?
Do they suffer from separation anxiety and how can I prevent this?
In comparison perhaps to other breeds what can you say about the Bull Terrier and their exercise needs and do you have any tips or advice for new Bull Terrier owners?
As a breeder of the Bull Terrier , do you prefer a collar or harness?
As an expert of the Bull Terrier breed do you prefer a standard leash or retractable?
Can you offer any dog walking tips for Bull Terrier owners?
Playtime & Tricks
What games and toys can you recommend for the Bull Terrier?
Are there toys you suggest avoiding?
How intelligent is the Bull Terrier compared to other dog breeds?
How much can they understand?
Do you have any special grooming routines or tips and advice for new Bull Terrier owners?
How much time is involved?
What accessories are required to be purchased for grooming a Bull Terrier?
Any advice/tips you can give concerning maintenance of nails?
How much do Bull Terrier shed and how do I maintain their hair and how often?
How can I prevent or cure ear infections?
Do you have any tips for eye care?
Is the Bull Terrier a hypoallergenic breed?
Any advice/tips you can give concerning cleaning and bathing your Bull Terrier?
Can you offer new Bull Terrier owners advice concerning fleas and maybe products you use in treatment and prevention?
What advice and tips could you offer to owners who might wish to follow your path in showing the Bull Terrier?
What started your interest in showing the Bull Terrier?
If a new owner perhaps wanted to meet other owners or find out more – perhaps they have an interest in joining a local club or maybe they wonder how they can start showing their Bull Terrier – where would they begin?
Can you offer any advice to others who may be wondering if they can also start showing?
How would an owner know they have a show-quality Bull Terrier and how would they start off?
Can you give away any of your secrets?!
Is showing very expensive and why do you think people like to do it?
What do judges look for in a winner?
What inspired you to become a breeder and did you start with the Bull Terrier?
What official organisations are there for the new Bull Terrier owner and what benefits or services do they provide?
In buying a Bull Terrier, can you offer advice and tips to new owners?
How did you go from being an owner to getting into breeding?
Do you think the breed’s popularity has increased, decreased or remained the same?
How did you progress to becoming a breeder and why focus on breeding the Bull Terrier out of all the breeds you could have chosen?
What do you think makes the Bull Terrier special to you?
Are there things that you see owners doing that frustrate you?
As a breed expert, are there any ‘essential’ tips you would like to share with new owners?
In comparison perhaps to other breeds what is it like to train a Bull Terrier and do you have any tips or advice for new Bull Terrier owners?
How should new owners approach bringing a new Bull Terrier home, any advice and tips you can give?
Should I allow my Bull Terrier to sleep in my bed or elsewhere in the house?
Do you recommend crate training and how long does this take?
Should my Bull Terrier sleep in a kennel or crate?
Health is always a major concern when buying a dog, do you have any advice for new Bull Terrier owners to be aware of in particular?
Are there any health-related tips you can give to owners?
What sort of health issues should owners be on the lookout for?
What is the recommended schedule for vaccinations for your Bull Terrier?
Can you offer any advice on how to treat and prevent worms?
What type of health issues can a Bull Terrier have and how do you deal with preventing these?
Why does my Bull Terrier have diarrhea?
Do they suffer from itchy and sensitive skin and if so why?
Why is my Bull Terrier vomiting and do I go to the vets?
When should I take my Bull Terrier for vaccinations and which ones do they need and how often?
How often will my Bull Terrier be in heat?
Should I consider getting my Bull Terrier spayed or neutered and when and how much does this cost and what are the benefits?
My Bull Terrier is limping, what should I do and should I go to a veterinarian surgeon?
Do they suffer from allergies?
Why is my Bull Terrier not eating?
How much does it cost to insure my Bull Terrier?
What healthcare issues or diseases might be excluded from companies that provide Bull Terrier dog health insurance?
What age would you class as an ‘older or senior’ Bull Terrier?
Do you notice any changes in their behaviour?
What changes in food and diet would you suggest making for an older Bull Terrier?
Do you feed any supplements to an older Bull Terrier – or anything else which helps them as they age?
Are there any health issues particular to a senior Bull Terrier dog?
Do you have any advice for owners of an older/senior Bull Terrier or tips you can pass on?
Here is an interesting video on the Bull Terrier.