Owning a Bull Terrier is pure dedication to the breed. Below is a small window to decide whether you should have a Bull Terrier or some or other pocket dog. I’m sure you’ll prefer a Bull Terrier.
The Bull Terrier is a strongly built, muscular dog. The body is well-rounded with a short, strong back. The head is long and strong, oval-looking in shape, almost flat at the top, sloping evenly down to the nose with no stop – sometimes called the Roman Nose look. The nose is black (may start as pink). The eyes are almond-shaped, small and deep-set, dark, and always on the watch for a morsel that may drop to the floor. The ears are small, thin and close together and does not always listen to your commands. The long neck is very muscular, with robust shoulders, to put off any possible intruders. The tail is set low and on the short side, carried horizontally, and flick like helicopter blades when happy. The coat is dense, short, flat and harsh to the touch. There are two basic colours, the white Bull Terrier and the coloured Bull Terrier which may be black, brindle, black-brindle, red, fawn and tricolour with white markings.
Once regarded as a fierce gladiator, he is much gentler now. A Bull Terrier might have a preventive effect and it might defend its owner in a truly critical situation, but it isn’t bred to be a guard dog. With that, do not let visitors try to pat a Bull Terrier through a fence or vehicle window. Courageous, scrappy, fun-loving, active, clownish and fearless, the Bull Terrier is a loyal, polite, and obedient dog. They become very attached to their owners, and the owners attracted to them.
The Bull Terrier thrives on firm, consistent leadership and affection and makes a fine family pet. Bull Terriers like to be doing something and fit in well with active families where they receive a great deal of companionship and supervision. They do not do well in situations where they are left alone for 8 hours a day – you will get a very sad face even leaving the house for a short while. With the right type of owner this breed is a joy to own, but not recommended for most households.
Fond of both grown-ups and children, but if they do not get enough physical and mental exercise they may be too energetic for small children. Children should be taught how to display leadership toward the dog. Meek owners will find them to become very protective, wilful, possessive and/or jealous.
Bull Terriers may try to join into family rough-housing or quarrel. They need very firm training and lots of exercise. Bull Terriers must be given a lot of structure, or they may become destructive. Be sure to socialize them well and remain their pack leader 100% of the time, otherwise, they can be extremely aggressive with other dogs. Unaltered males may not get along with other male dogs. They are not recommended with other non-canine pets such as rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs. They make excellent watch dogs.
Bull Terriers will do okay in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised. They are fairly active indoors and a small yard will do. This breed needs vigorous daily exercise, which includes a daily, long walk. The Bull Terrier has a tendency to become overweight and lazy if it is not properly exercised. The Life Expectancy of a Bull Terriers is about 10-12 years. Bull Terriers loved to be groomed and is easy to groom. An occasional combing and brushing will do. This breed is an average shedder, shedding twice a year. You can remove loose hair by a daily rubdown with a special rubber glove.
Lastly, they are back chatters, if they get scolded they may quarrel back. So, are you ready to own a Bull Terrier? Go and watch a few Bull Terrier videos on YouTube (https://bit.ly/3knLcZN) and it may swing your thoughts towards owning a Bull Terrier. The next step is to find the correct Bull Terrier breeder. See the next article.