Everything you need to know to buy or adopt an English Bull Terrier puppy or adult dog. Standard and Miniature Bull Terriers.


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Buying or Adopting a Bull Terrier (Miniature and Standard)

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is an English Bull Terrier the right breed for you?

Bull Terriers: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Bull Terrier Health Problems


Are YOU right for an English Bull Terrier?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (6-8 feet high, not an electronic/underground fence)
  • No dogs of the same sex in the household
  • No cats in the household
  • Ample exercise – enough ongoing exercise that your English Bull Terrier stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as a challenging dog sport (agility, rally obedience, musical freestyle, flyball, weight pulling); challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a smaller dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems English Bull Terriers are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • An owner who is okay with constant shedding
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your English Bull Terrier to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior or aggression
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your English Bull Terrier, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female English Bull Terrier?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new English Bull Terrier be?


Where can you buy or adopt an English Bull Terrier?

English Bull Terriers come in two sizes. The medium-sized Standard Bull Terrier is fairly common; out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Standard Bull Terriers rank 57th. The Miniature Bull Terrier is much less common, ranking at 120th.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
Bull Terriers are available from Dog Rescue groups. Bull Terriers may be turned over to Rescue because they're too energetic and need more exercise than the owner realized. Owners often give up their Bull Terrier when the dog becomes too much for them to handle, due to dominance issues or aggression toward other animals. You would need to provide these dogs with the exercise, training, and socialization that they are lacking.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
Bull Terriers are rarely found here. Bull Terrier Rescue groups keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country. On the off chance that a Bull Terrier turns up at a shelter, the rescue group typically moves in quickly to take the dog.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Standard or Miniature Bull Terrier from a show breeder, who breeds Bull Terriers to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You can also buy a Bull Terrier from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Standard Bull Terrier puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal knees
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal hearing
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal kidneys
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or a report from a veterinary cardiologist – dated within the past year – certifying that the dog has had an Advanced Cardiac Exam and has a normal heart

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of an English Bull Terrier puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal hearing
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal kidneys
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or a report from a veterinary cardiologist – dated within the past year – certifying that the dog has had an Advanced Cardiac Exam and has a normal heart

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Bull Terrier ends up with heart and kidney disease.

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