Bull Terrier - Breed and Grooming Tips

Playful and clownish, the Bull Terrier is best described as a three year-old child in a dog suit. Given his muscular build, the Bull Terrier can appear unapproachable, but he is an exceedingly friendly dog, with a sweet and fun-loving disposition and popular in the obedience, agility and show rings. The Bull Terrier can be all white (markings on the head are permissible) or colored.


A Look Back

Bulldog-terrier crosses, of various sizes and colors, became popular as sporting dogs in the early 1800s. Around 1860, English dog dealer James Hinks developed a more refined version of these crosses, distinguished by its all white coat. These dogs soon established themselves as a new breed – the Bull Terrier. In Hinks’ day they were often referred to as White Cavaliers. In the early 1900s Bull Terriers were back crossed with brindle Staffordshires to produce a colored variety.


Right Breed for You?

Bull Terriers become very attached to their owners and families and do not thrive when left alone. The breed loves children, but obedience training is necessary and care must be taken that they don’t get over stimulated around younger children.  Their short coats are easy to care for, but the breed requires daily exercise.


Source:  American Kennel Club - www.akc.org


Grooming

General: Bull Terriers are a short flat coated breed that sheds throughout the year, even in the winter time. Grooming is suggested for 4 – 8 week intervals to clean ears, clip nails, check anal glands and insure the coat and skin are in healthy condition.


Eyes: Eyes should be alert and bright. Use Optisoothe Eye Wash during the bath to flush any foreign matter.


Ears: Monthly ear cleaning with Ear Care is advised to be sure no ear problems that might need vet attention arise. Only clean as far as you can see, never further.


Bathing:  Bull Terriers require 2 baths when you bathe them. The first bath should be a general bath, any of our Bright White will work great for your white or colored Bull Terriers to make the color more vivid. If your Bull Terrier has allergies or sensitive skin we would suggest a Hypo-Allergenic Shampoo and follow it with a medicated shampoo depending on your dogs needs. If your Bull Terrier has normal skin then the second bath you would want to pick one of our wonderful fragrant shampoos and conditioners. Follow the bath with a conditioner or Luxury Remoisturizer to keep the coat in great shape.



Paws: Paw Balm should be used weekly to keep paw pads soft and pliable. This makes the pads less likely to dry and crack.



Coat Care: Use Aloe Hydrating Spray between baths to control flaking and dandruff, especially in dry conditions


Show Dog Tips: Silky Show Shampoo and Silky Show Conditioner will add silk proteins and shine to the coat as well as the Honey and Oat Conditioner. High Sheen Spray right before entering the show ring will add the little extra shine without any oily residue.


Tools: Shedding blade can be used to pull out the dead coat. Short coated breeds shed all year around and so they constantly need to be brushed.


Common Problems: Bull Terriers are a healthy breed with little known genetic problems, but stud tail is fairly common and may need an exfoliating shampoo to control the oil residue at the base of the tail.

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