Golden State Bull Terrier Club
ESTABLISHED 1928. Licensed by the American Kennel Club
Consider the Bull Terrier
Realistic Answers to Ten Questions
Compiled by the Bull Terrier Club of America
“What kind of dog is that?”
If you are the owner of a Bull Terrier, it is a rare afternoon stroll that is not interrupted by this query. This interest and the inquiries about this striking looking dog have been most gratifying to all lovers of the breed. It is because of this interest that this article has been distributed, in the hope that the information provided herein will help you answer that very important question – Do I want to own a Bull Terrier?
ARE ALL BULL TERRIERS WHITE?
No. There are two varieties: Pure white, with markings on the head acceptable. Any color other than white (brindle, black brindle, red, fawn and tricolor) with white markings acceptable.
HOW LARGE DO THEY GET?
There is some variance in weight and height between Bull terriers. It might be said that generally the average male would weigh between 55 and 65 pounds, and the average female between 45 and 55 pounds.
WHAT ARE THEY USED FOR?
The Bull Terrier was originally bred for combat with other dogs, a sport which was permissible in England in the 1800’s. Today the Bull Terrier is a companion dog. His keen intelligence, an almost uncanny sense of judgment, coupled with a delightful sense of humor and a sincere craving for human affection, make him one of the most loved pets.
ARE THEY GOOD WITH CHILDREN?
Generally yes, and particularly so when raised with them. A Bull Terrier is a happy, playful dog, always ready for anything a child cares to do. Because of his great strength and endurance, the Bull Terrier has what seems to be endless patience with children. He has been known to suffer great abuse from a child without losing his cheerfulness. However, it should be noted here that a Bull Terrier puppy is a most energetic and vigorous dog – and might well have to be directed or curbed in his playing with a very young child or toddler, or he might unintentionally hurt or frighten the child.
DO THEY MAKE GOOD WATCH DOGS?
The formidable appearance of the Bull Terrier with his look of inscrutable watchfulness and poised dignity, make him a natural in this area. Bull Terriers are not inclined to be malicious and an unprovoked attack is almost unknown. Rarely a barker, he seems to sense when a situation calls for action. Rest assured that if protect you he must, he will do so until he can no longer move.
HOW MUCH EXERCISE DO THEY REQUIRE? CAN I KEEP ONE IN A SUBURBAN HOME OR IN AN APARTMENT?
Where a bull Terrier lives, be it an efficiency apartment or a thousand acre ranch, matters very little as long as he is with you. A Bull terrier does not need fields in which to run, but to have a happy dog, an owner must spend some time exercising and playing with him. This benefits both dog and owner, and the resulting affection is well worth the time spent.
It would be unfair not to mention that a Bull Terrier must never be allowed to run unsupervised. Not only is the dog’s safety involved, but his natural curiosity and impetuousness might well result in mischief with a neighbor’s cat or dog.
WHAT ABOUT THIS FIGHTING? CAN I KEEP ANOTHER DOG OR CAT WITH HIM?
Bull Terriers are natural pugilists. Fighting was the original use of these dogs, and nature provided them with all the necessary equipment with which to fight: muscle, a fantastically strong jaw, tight skin, and an indifference to pain. This does NOT mean that they MUST fight, but caution must be taken to prevent them from becoming involved in a dispute. They seldom seek a fight, but if provoked, will rarely disdain engagement.
Bull Terriers usually get along well with dogs of the opposite sex, and if raised from puppyhood with cats or other animals, may be very companionable.
ARE BULL TERRIERS EASILY TRAINED?
As far as intelligence is concerned, the Bull Terrier compares favorably with any other breed. They have been shown successfully in obedience trials, many obtaining C.D., C.D.X. and U.D. degrees. They were used with great success during World War II as Military Police dogs, hunting snipers and guarding restricted areas. The British named the Bull Terrier among the top three breeds in this work.
Training your Bull Terrier pet is easily accomplished if you are willing to spend the time to teach him what is expected of him with a patient but firm hand.
DO NOT permit your Bull Terrier to develop a habit as a puppy that you do not wish him to have as an adult dog, for the lessons he learns, he learns well. Use to full advantage the dog’s great affection for you and the Bull Terrier will be a pet that will be a joy.
YOU DON’T SEE MANY OF THESE DOGS. ARE THEY TERRIBLY EXPENSIVE?
Actually, they cost no more than any other purebred dog. The cost may vary according to the potential of the dog. Most breeders of Bull Terriers have attempted to breed with great selectivity and have not been concerned with the mere production of numbers. The emergence of a dog of sound temperament and handsome appearance attests their success, as does the steady increase in interest in the Bull Terrier.
SHOULD I GET A BULL TERRIER?
That is a question that only you can answer. We have tried to show you that the Bull Terrier is one of the most delightful dogs, but also one that requires restraint.
In return for his loyalty and affection, he will demand a fair measure of your time and attention. With his curiosity and exuberance, a Bull Terrier will make his presence in the house known, often to your amusement and sometimes to your chagrin. He will love you, comfort you and guard you.
If, after careful consideration, you decide to purchase a Bull Terrier, be prepared for a lifelong addiction. You may well be like the man who said
Bull Terriers, I guess I do know them. Why, I was ten years old before I found out that old dog wasn’t my brother.