A playful, energetic and exuberant dog, Bull Terrier is among the mischievous dogs of their own kingdom. They are loyal to their pet parents and are known to fiercely guard their territory with their firm nature.
The bull terrier is a dog unlike any other. With its elongated snout, it doesn't have a "split" in its skull like the others, which gives it a unique and super exotic, "oval head" style. Bred in the 19th century in the UK, this dog was selected to be fearless enough to face bulls and other large animals. Also called “English bull terrier”, the breed is known in several parts of the world and today it is almost no longer seen performing its original “function”.
The bull terrier has smooth, short, close-fitting fur that barely sheds. Weekly brushing or every 10 days is enough to remove dead hair, keeping your coat shiny and healthy. While brindle brown with white is one of the most common, the bull terrier can also be found in solid colors (such as black, white, and fawn) and bicolor. The pirate variations (with only one marked eye) are among the most sought after by lovers of the breed. To keep their coat clean, owners can brush them with a natural bristle brush or rubber hound mitt once a week. Occasionally using some top-notch shampoo can also brighten their skin and their coat smooth. When it comes to bathing, you don't need to bathe them unless they have rolled into some mud. These dogs can also be bathed with a dry shampoo or dusted off with a damp cloth as well.
Bull Terriers need a balanced and complete dog food to grow to their optimal level. Their diet should primarily consist of high quality meat that provides them sufficient protein content to build muscle mass and endurance. They can also be given fish occasionally as it contains Omega Fatty Acids which boost their overall skin health. Another great addition to their diet could be Dairy and Yogurt that gives them good calcium content to build strong bones and teeth. When it comes to feeding amount, it entirely depends on the age, size, metabolic rate and activity of Bull Terriers. Although for an average fully grown adult dog, you would need to give 1 5/8 to 4 1/4 cups daily. Also, to keep your adult Bull Terrier in excellent shape, feed him twice a day rather than keeping their food out all the time. This will ensure they never become obese while managing to keep a healthy body weight too.
Grooming a Bull Terrier dog is actually a walk in the park as they are naturally clean with little to no doggy odour. They require a bath only once in every three months with a mild shampoo and they shall do great. You can also use a conditioner every six months to brighten up their coat. When it comes to brushing their coat, you may use a natural bristle brush or a rubber hound mitt to thoroughly clean their skin off from dust and dirt. Also keep in mind, their ears also need a thorough inspection especially during the rainy season as ticks and fleas can infest them. Regular brushing of their teeth is also necessary to maintain excellent oral hygiene and fresh breath. Last but not the least, introduce grooming to these dogs at a young age so that they learn to handle them without any fuss.
As stated earlier, the bull terrier needs a lot of physical activity to feel satisfied, in general. Skin care is essential, especially if the pet has lighter areas on the muzzle and/or ears. Skin problems can be a reality of the breed, weekly inspections and consultations with a veterinarian can prevent this type of occurrence.