The Bull Terriers (also known as the Bullie) most recognizable feature is its head; it is egg-shaped when viewed from the front, almost flat at the top, with a Roman shaped muzzle sloping down toward the tip of the nose with no real stop or the place where the “nose” begins. The Bullie has very unique triangle shaped eyes that are small, dark and deep set. The Bull Terrier and the Miniature Bull Terrier are the only two recognized breeds that have triangle shaped eyes.
Contents at a Glance
- Bull Terriers are Robust and Muscular
- Dogs 101 – Bull Terrier Video
- The Bullie has a High Pain Threshold
- How to Groom a Bull Terriers
- Praise Your Dog a Lot
- Trimming The Whiskers
- Get Rid of Shedding Hairs
- Easy to Learn
Bull Terriers are Robust and Muscular
The Bullie’s shoulders are robust and muscular and the tail is carried horizontally. The Bullie has a jaunty gait and is affectionately known as the gladiator of the canine race. Historically, like most terriers, the Bullie was bred to hunt vermin underground.
The Bullie’s average height is 20 – 24 inches (51 – 61 cm) and average weight are 44 – 85 pounds (20 – 38 kg).
The Bull Terrier is a very powerful breed and is difficult to train, so this breed is not recommended for a first-time dog owner. The physical power is matched by its intelligence, which makes them a reliable pet for experienced dog owners. This breed needs to stay active in the body and the mind and they love to have fun playing outdoors. Bullies can be extremely strong willed and dominant, especially the males. The Bullie Is not an ordinary dog, it is mentally and physically strong and needs a strict leadership and discipline regiment from day one. The Bullie may seem like a playful and mischievous puppy at first but owners must be aware to look for, recognize and deal with any aggressive and/or dominant behavior even within the first six months. The responsibility to properly train these beautiful animals lies with the owners and/or breeders. It is very rare to find a genuinely “bad” Bull Terrier.
Dogs 101 – Bull Terrier Video
The Bullie has a High Pain Threshold
As the Bullie ages, it becomes more accepting of children and it has a high pain threshold so they are less likely to hurt a child with a defensive bite. The younger dogs may consider a child as a playmate and because of their strength, could accidentally hurt a child. Females of the breed have been noted to be protective of children in their guard and they make formidable guard dogs when the owners are away.
How to Groom a Bull Terriers
Bull terriers are compact muscular dogs with perky ears and short, fine fur. They tend to be very easy to groom as they have fine short fur and very few problems with odor or infections. However, even they need some grooming in order to keep their coats, ears, teeth, and nails healthy and to promote bonding between the dog and the owner.
Praise Your Dog a Lot
Being relatively easy to care for, Bull Terriers do not need to be bathed nearly as often as many other terriers. In fact, it’s recommended that you only bathe your bull terrier about once a month or even once every few months. It’s all their coat needs for outside assistance, and too much bathing can badly irritate your dog’s skin which makes it very hard to clean since shampooing will lead to further irritation. Use canine shampoo and pay special attention to their neck as this is where fleas can gather. You’ll also need to praise your dog a lot; bathing isn’t easy on anyone and it’s a rare dog which enjoys it.
Trimming The Whiskers
At about the same degree of regularity, you’ll want to trim your bull terrier‘s whiskers in order to keep your dog looking tidy. Some owners prefer not to trim whiskers and that’s fine too. You’ll also want to clip your dog’s nails, especially if he is prone to long nails, either by family history or because he doesn’t spend as much time walking on rougher surfaces. You can either clip or file them down, depending on how long they get.
Get Rid of Shedding Hairs
Most of the time, however, all you’ll need to do to groom your Bull Terrier is brush it weekly with either a rubber brush or a knobby grooming glove. This way, you get rid of shedding hairs before they make a mess and can help spread the dog’s natural coat oils around where it will do the most good. Regular grooming also helps you keep an eye on the health of your dog’s skin and maintain your dog’s shiny coat. You can also mist your dog’s fur with coat gloss after a bath to make his fur extra shiny.
The one part of the bull terrier that you’ll want to watch when you are grooming your dog is the ears. Ears have to be gently cleaned out once a week or so in order to prevent a build-up of dirt and wax. While bull terriers aren’t particularly prone to ear infections, the fact that they stand up as opposed to being flapped down means that they have more exposure to dirt and dust and so need to be cleaned with some regularity.
Easy to Learn
The final part of the bull terrier which will need cleaning regularly is the teeth. Using canine toothpaste, brush your dog’s teeth daily with a brush or a finger brush to remove plaque before it becomes problematic. Bull terriers have to be exposed to tooth brushing as early as possible in order to tolerate it, so begin a regime when your bull terrier is a puppy in order to prevent fights later on.
It’s very easy to learn how to groom your bull terrier; they require very little maintenance, especially compared to other breeds; and it can be very enjoyable for both you and your dog.