I was not prepared for my first bull terrier we lived in the country so he was allowed long periods of playtime in the yard until one day i looked out the window and he was gone,at the bottom of a four foot whole he had dug lol.They are much more crafty than your average dog,funny as hell and will never let you down.They sense your mood and seem to know what kind of love you need.Care needs to be taken around other dogs,bullies sometimes wag their tails even when they want to fight.I have been around hundreds of these dogs and never found one aggressive towards people.I had no problems with any of my bullies destroying anything inside my house but I could no longer buy beer in cans,I returned home from work one day to find 24 cans with holes in them a chewed up beer case and a dog sleeping on the kitchen floor with all four feet in the air.They understand full sentences try to talk back,want to do whatever it is your doing and usually make it a lot harder but more interesting.They all have their own distinct personality,but don't know they are a dog.When my first bully died I had to take a leave from work.You can never love another dog like you can a bull terrier
Hi everyone, I own a 2 year old mainly white with small black brindle patches female bull terrier called Athena she has quite a harsh coat which is easy to maintain she doesnt really shed much fur mainly in the summer time. I wanted to share my experiences of this breed with you all, from a young age I have been around this breed my Dad use to breed and own them, they are utterly fantastic dogs with the right ownership you must be firm but fair with them, they are incredibly stubborn dogs so sometimes you have to put your foot down, no means no, they are a very strong breed and therefore they will not show you if they are in pain etc just look for a difference in behaviour, they will eat and eat if you let them so watch out for this as they also pile on the pounds luckily for me Athena is very energetic, they are most defiantly clowns of the dog world and will do anything to keep you happy but also gladiators too and will readily protect your family if need be but where some may be quite laid back like Peggy one of my childhood EBT others can be quite hyperactive like Athena my EBT now she will quite often run in circles around the house or will constantly want you to throw her kong ball she loves cuddles but has one bad habit she is also food aggressive which with the right training she is slowly starting to come out of this, she shares our house with an Olde Tyme Bulldog and a mini yorkie she gets on great with them but once out of the house she does not like other dogs I think this is due to her protective side coming out I usually walk her on a harness for long walks as they tend to lean all their weight forward whilst walking and will choke themself on a collar, however I use a collar on short walks as persistant use of a harness will lead your dog to become bow legged. She is great with people although I have to say alot of people are not great with her I frequently get people cross the road when they see her or grab their children it really makes me mad if they was only educated on the breed they would see just how loving they are, in general she is a great dog and I couldnt imagine my life without an EBT in it.
I have a Bull Terrier, Wilson. He is white with two black ears and will be one on 28th September. He lives with my other dog, Bruno, my male 18 month old staffy. They were both brought up together as pups so are used to each other and they get along fine, love to run in the fields together chasing their kong wubbas! The myth about Bullies being viscious/dangerous is rubbish. Ok they can be very stubborn and they are higher maintenance as you need to show them from a young age who is the boss but they are highly intelligent, very rewarding loving dogs. My Wilson protects me and my staffy when we go for walks. I have a large house but the garden is pretty rubbish so my dogs dont ever spend time in the garden, however they have two walks a day and run in a field also with their toys, so as long as you are prepared to exersize them alot then theyare the dog for you. I could never be without my bullie, he is my best pal as well as Bruno.
This is for that small minded david who clearly hasnt got a clue about dogs..... I have had and bread dogs for years and so have my parents, we have had rottweiler's, staffies, german shepards, sheep dogs the list goes on and now i have a 10 month old Bully and he is a cracker, i have my neices and nephews over all the time who range from 1 year to 9 years old and they play for hours he is so gental with them and knows that he cannot be a rough with them as with me when he plays.
People who say these types of dogs are dangerous havent got a clue its not the breed its how you bring them up not one of my dogs would hurt anyone if you give them time, disapline, fun and love they will be the best companions ever if you abuse them then they will do the same, its like that for humans aswell. Charlie my bully is fun, loving, cheeky and playful and much more you have to be firm so they dont take the p**s but have fun with them play enjoy your time with them as you will soon realise that they are your friend for life. I really couldnt live without my charlie and i would recommend them to anyone who can give them there time as without that they will get bored they are not for the faint hearted but are worth everything!!!!!!!!!
we had had german shepherds for 20years or more worked with them in agility and heel work so we thought we were pretty experianced dog owners.boy,were we in for a shock when we had our english bull terrier puppy.i spent the first 2 weeks sleeping on the sofa trying to settle him down,that didnt work.we bought an old fashioned wooden play pen,put all his toys,his chew bones,vet bed,clock every thing we could think of,that didnt work.so we took everything upstairs in the bedroom with us.that didnt work.our german shepherd tess thought it was all really funny,she would look up to the ceiling with these eyes that said please go to bloody sleep.mine were not much better.in the end my husband said just pick him up and put him on the bed,and you what the little swine went straight to sleep.and thats were he slept for the next 12 years.one thing i did find with our gus was that he decided he was my dog.not a family dog as the shepherds had been.he was a loving and loyal companion and like the other bullies thought he was a lap dog.he took poorly two weeks before my daughters 21st birthday on 26th july.we thought he had an infection but it turned out to be cancer.we lost him 10 days later.there was nothing they could do.it brokeour hearts.i said i would never have another but maybe one day i will.im going through the stage of not being able to talk about him without crying at the moment but they say time heals but when you lose a bully you also lose a bit of your heart
We have a handsome EBT by the name of Dexter who is just over 1yr. He is becoming more of a human dog than a dog dog, if this makes sense? He loves people and will stand waiting to have his belly rubbed when walked. The only problem we have is that Dexter goes 'deaf' when we let him off the lead! So now he is on an extendable lead as I am not chasing after him anymore! He is the most lovable, enjoyable and playful dog I have ever had. He runs around the house for about 10mins having his mad moments but they are so funny to watch. I love him to bits and some people give these dogs a bad name but Dexter is the biggest softie and all he wants to do is play!
Bull Terriers have to be the best breed of dog i've even come across.
I have a one year old Bitch named Laika, and she is the sweetest, most gentle and caring dog i've even owned. She has insane moments where she needs to run around the garden, but its the funniest thing to watch. She loves people, and adores to be fussed over. She enjoys eating crisps, too...strange pooch that she is.
All of my friends are scared of her (apart from two - one has a Staffy, and the other just adores all dogs), because people give them a bad name, and often mistake them for Pit-Bulls (HOW they do that, i'll never know - they're so different!)
Bullies are very intelligent, social and loving dogs. We got Laika when she was ten months old, after having a previous home and a previous name. She settled in almost instantly, and took to my entire family on first sight like they were old friends. Anyone who says these are vicious dogs are either igorant, or just plain stupid. Fair enough if you've personally had a bad experience with a one badly brough up EBT and it's scared you off them for good, but if you've never had contact with one and are just going off what you've heard from the idiots in the media, its no way to be. EBT are one of the most friendliest dogs ever if loved and brought up right - same as every other dog.
Viva la English Bull! <3
I have a 7 month old brindle EBT and I love him! His name is beefcake and he is my buddy. I love him and he listens pretty well except when he decides To be "deaf". I do have one little problem he is a nipper. I have a 3 year old son who has about as much energy and our bully, so when my son decides to run around the house our dog loves to chase him jump and nip him. Also when he is licking he likes to nibble. He would never hurt us on purpose but he doesn't realize how strong he is. I also have a 5 month old son so I have some worries. I was just wondering if this is normal "puppy" behavior that he will grow out of with ample discipline , and what kind of discipline would be appropriate? I DO NOT want these dogs to have a bad name what so ever because he is wonderful, just a little hyper. I live my beefcake to bits, and I feel safe when my husband works nights. Any advice or comments would be great, TIA.
Sadly I have never owned an English bull terrier. However one of my neighbors has owned english bull terriers for the good half of 40 years and I have walked and dog sitted 3 of them. From that experiance I think I can say they are not the aggressive dog some people make them out to be. They are sweet, loyal, goofy and funny. Some thing the English should be proud of.
I have had a Bully for over a year now, and he has to be the most fabulous dog. He has never once, bit or growled at me. He is extremely good but if he doesn't want to do something he pretends he is deaf! Badly brought up dogs just give the breed a bad name. The amount of dirty looks we get for taking him for a walk and comments like 'Shouldn't he be mussled' Any dog can be dangerous and Bull terriers are not. Full of character. Lovley dogs.
For years we had an English Bull Terrier called Leo, I loved him because he used to terrify the neighbours! He never barked or anything at them but they were still scared of him because English Bull Terriers look so much different to other dogs. I was so sad when Leo died 2 years ago because he was a wicked companion and never any trouble, at the time my mum was pregnant with my little sister so her and my dad decided not to get another dog until my sister has grown a bit but then they plan to buy 2 English Bull Terriers and breed them.
English Bull Terriers are very muscular dogs so they need plenty of protein in their diets, we used to feed Leo a mixture of dog food and fresh meat that we would only cook a bit so it was still a bit bloody and he could have a good chew on it. English Bull Terriers have massive appetites and you have to be careful not to over feed them because the breed can get very fat very quickly, we took Leo to see his sister from the same litter occasionally and even though they were the same age you wouldn't believe it because the owner of the other dog had overfed her so much that she looked 5 years older and just used to sit watching and begging for scraps while Leo was running around like a mad thing.
Leo was majorly excitable and so are most other English Bull Terriers I've met. They need loads of exercise whether it's a walk on a lead or a huge massive back garden for them to run about it, you couldn't keep one in a flat and even if you've got a small garden I reckon you'd be hard pushed to look after one properly because they have mad fits of tearing round the garden sometimes and that helps the dog keep itself calm during the rest of the time when you call him into your house.
There's 2 health problems that you need to look out for with English Bull Terriers, one is that the pure white ones have a tendancy to deafness and even though a deaf dog can still have a full and happy life I don't think the average family could cope with a deaf English Bull Terrier because they are so wilfull anyway that I reckon it would be a big time struggle to care for it and train it. I know if Leo didn't want to do something he would act deaf anyway and if he really was deaf there would have been no telling him anything! lol The other health problem is one Leo suffered from but it's easily sorted and that's that they can have bad reactions to insect bites, I remember our vet telling us that the only way to stop it was to stop the dog going into the long grass but he's obviously never kept an English Bull because they thrive on going into places they're not supposed to be! We just used to treat the bites rather than try to prevent them because that's deffo a losing battle with this breed.
Another thing to watch is that they don't get sunburn because of the short white coat most of the breed have, Leo was white and brindle but we still had to be careful in the summer in case the UV rays worked their way under his fur. He got sunburnt one time that I can remember and he was proper upset about it! lol That taught him to come in when he's called! I know that sounds sad but English Bull Terriers are majorly stubborn and he did learn a lesson that day and from then on he would do as he was told a bit better, even if you had to tell him 5 times!
I reckon English Bulls are like toddlers. You know they understand what you're telling them but they look at you like you're stupid half the time, this breed will try to rule the house because they are very terratorial but you mustn't let them because they'll never come out of it. My dad took on training Leo when we first got him because he's got a deep voice and the dog took more notice of him than the rest of us, I just asked him because I was too young at the time and he rolled his eyes and muttered something that sounded like "trucking animal" so I take it they're hard work to get trained! lol
This breed can live between 10 and 14 years, Leo was only 8 when he died but it was a tumour that killed him and it could have struck at any time. As far as I know this breed isn't suseptible to tumours so Leo was just unlucky that he got a very aggressive one that killed him just a couple of weeks after he was diagnosed.
I recommend this breed to anyone because they're really not as terrifying as they look, if you have kids then it's your own decision but I don't think an English Bull would hurt a child but they are very boisterous so the dog might accidentally knock them over.
I have an english bull terrier who goes by the name of Harry. To be quite honest i didnt really know much about the breed (even though my step dad is an avid bull terrier fan!) Harry started life of as my mums pet as a puppy, he then got passed to my sister when she moved house, and now aged 7 he lives with me. Since having him i have learnt a bit more about the breed, they are loyal, loving, gentle and well sulky!
Harry like as was said in a previous review, does often forget how big he is and i reguarly get booted off my own sofa by him thinking he can curl up on my lap. He also still despite his age (life expectancy is aroud 7-14 years i think) can get very over excited at times and does not know his own strength.
I find harry is also very determined, and will keep going at something until he gets what he desires.
He is also a very loyal dog and if i walk him at dusk if any male, or group of people start walking towards me (intentionally or not), he gets very defensive and prepares to fight my corner, though during the day he is fine with most people when walked.
The down side to english's is that they are VERY stubborn, and sulk (pretty much like many teenagers!)
Most english's are very tolerant, harry gets on really well with my 2 year old, (who loves clinging to him at the minute and making harry stand still next to him)
I think i had harry at the right age with my son because he is disciplined and knows to be careful when my son and he are playing together.
I really could not ask for a better dog, or breed of dog, I will miss him when he goes to doggy heaven (which hopefully wont be for a long time!!
P.S as much as i trust my dog (and my mums 3 english's) I would NEVER leave my child to play alone with them, he is always supervised. I t does not matter how much you know the dog, or how good they are with children, intentionally or not a dog could still seriously harm a child.
I am writing this review as an owner of an English Bull Terrier.
I first decided to get an English bull terrier after hearing all the stories about my Bull Terrier that passed away when I was just a baby. I obviously didn't remember him but I felt like I knew him due the amount of stories I heard about him. It seemed he made an impact on everybody he met.
We got our Bull Terrier when he was a couple of months old. He was gorgeous - all white with little brown ears. He had a black and white nose - most Bull Terriers noses go all black as they get older but ours just stayed half and half!
When they are puppies they chew and nip alot (like most puppies I suppose) and unfortunately don't really stop this until they are about 2 years old. My 4 year old Bull Terrier is not very chewy anymore but sometimes has the odd accident. They are also very excitable.
The first thing to mention is how loving, soppy and affectionate Bull Terriers are. It's awfully hard to tell them off when they look at you with those little sad and squinty eyes! They love nothing more than cuddles. I can wake my Bull Terrier up from the deepest of sleeps by whispering 'cuddle?' and he'll drag himself across the room, half asleep, just to snuggle up with me.
Bull Terriers are very loyal and will do anything to impress you. I have complete confidence that my bully boy would do anything to protect me if I ever needed it.
Bull Terriers don't seem to know how big they are either. My boy regularly tries to curl up on my lap or perch up on the window ledge like a cat. Of course this is hard to achieve when you are 10 times bigger than a cat!
They all seem to be clumsy and 'mildly' destructive too. If there is something in his way he'll just barge through it or just walk in to it! They like to act dumb a lot of the time but they are really clever underneath it all (not to mention the selective hearing thing). Because of their large size they can't really help being clumsy and will often crash around the house without meaning to.
If you are thinking of getting a Bull Terrier you must be patient and have a lot of time for it. Company, a garden and plenty of walks/excercise will result in a happy Bull Terrier. It does generally take about a hundred times to drum something into a Bull Terriers head, and even when you do they still try their luck. They're very stubborn and it's just something you have to learn to deal with. You'll probably lose a skirting board or table leg at some point too but in my opinion the positives always outweigh the negatives.
Sometimes I think my Bull Terrier is part human. He loves nothing more than a good kiss, cuddle and snooze in my bed (he'll put his head on my pillow if he can get away with it). He likes to cruise around in the passenger seat of my car and he picks up certain words easily.
I also have a young child and they are the best of friends. I was always told that bull terriers are great with children and I can totally back up that statement (but with that being said, no children should be left alone with ANY dog). He is patient, tolerant and loving towards her.
A lot of Bull Terriers suffer with deafness. Fortunately mine doesn't which makes him a cracking guard dog - Oooh he hates that postman!
One of a Bull Terriers most favourite things of all time is food. They will do pretty much anything for even a crumb of food! At one point it was impossible to eat in the same room as my Bull Terrier but thankfully we're past that stage now (although I would never leave anything edible laying around!). It's not even a love of food, it's more like an obsession for food.
As for diet, well I feed my dog a pretty varied diet which includes dry biscuits, boiled chicken and fresh mince.
English Bull Terriers are typically white or brindle. Their coat is easy to maintain, although their small wirey hairs do have a way of finding their way into absolutely everything!
If you're going to buy a pedigree from a breeder you are looking at around £800 but it's much kinder to rescue if possible. Why not try Bullies In Need or Dogs Trust?
English Bull Terriers also come in minitures which means the same characteristics but in a slightly smaller package.
I often find that my dog draws a lot of attention to us - good and bad. I think because of their looks and because of bad Bull Terrier owners some people sadly get the wrong idea about them. I try to put people right whenever I can. On the flip side however most people are very positive and want to touch him and ask questions about him.
I could go on forever but I think it's best I wrap it up now...
So, to sum it all up - if you want an adorable, affectionate, hilarious, family dog then a bull terrier is for you. It can be VERY tough but the rewards are GREAT!
A quick calculation on my fingers, unfortunately for me, states that I have either worked with or owned bull breeds for over thirty years - ouch! I figure that this does at least give me some experience on which to base my opinions, so here goes:
I've known lots of Bull Terriers and generally speaking the poor souls are judged by their cover rather than their content.
There is no doubt that they belong to a group of dogs that over a period of time were bred to fight - but lets clear an important thing up - this actually makes them more reliable with people, not less. These are not attack breeds, they are dogs bred to be reliable with people, but when necessary, to perform well in a fight. It certainly doesn't mean they go around attacking everything and everybody.
The media has done a pretty good job, yet again, of hyping up incidents, but this is not to say that similar things don't happen with other breeds, they just don't hit the press with the same headlines - and headlines sell papers.
What counts with bull terriers is what counts with all dogs, responsible ownership. The person who allows their dog off the lead in a public place and cannot recall it so stands yelling, 'It's okay, mine's a bitch!' is no less responsible if their dog runs up to another that is on a lead and a fight ensures or owners clothes get muddied up - no matter what the breeds are. A dog that cannot be recalled shouldn't really be off the lead at all.
If a fight does ensue, or if your dog is prone to provoking the odd scrap, I would like to suggest fitting him at all times, with a well made leather collar. No metal adornments are necessary, as a leather collar is your basic 'handle' in stopping a dog fight. It doesn't quite have the same effect if it is wearing a nylon collar or a metal choke/check chain, an owner putting their hand into one of those when a pair of frantic canines are spinning like tops, is very likely to get fingers burned or broken.
But please don't tar all bull breeds with the same brush. The Bull Terrier has a loyal, loving and responsive personality - he isn't a mad, marauding thug on the look out for trouble!
I am 15 years old and some people's views on 'vicious' dogs such as bull terriers disgust me. The small minded people who think these dogs are bad for society are clearly too pig-headed to give them a chance.
People don't realise that, yes they were initially used as fighting dog's but come on! That's was years ago! GET OVER IT! Yes, you do get some badly behaved dogs. But you also get badly behaved people. But have you noticed that there is more of a public uproar over dogs than over murderers?
In some cases where dog's have attacted is after they have been playing. People need to learn that you need to calm a dog down afterwards, If you dont, the dog will think that anyone who comes next will also play. You need to put your hand flat and just stroke the dog for a few mins.
The saying 'fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering' comes in well here. Dogs attack when they feel threatened [first part of the saying]. Prejudice people slander these dogs [second part of the saying]. In some cases these dogs are put down and people say they shouldn't be allowed into society [final part of saying].
Society need to get past all the preconceptions and open their mind.
I have an English Bull Terrier [Rum], from a rescue centre, you'd think because he used to be beaten and was treated extremely badly he would be cautious of people and bite back but no, he is the gentlest thing ever.
In come cases, I have been walking down the road with Rum, and grown men have crossed to road so they dont have to walk him. I'm just like 'Dear god, why the hell do you think he will attact you?! I'm a 15 year old girl and I'm not bloody scared'.
He's never bitten anyone in the two years we have had him. He plays very well with other dogs and is amazing with children. He's the funniest thing in our house. He will run around, chew everything in sight, climb behind and push you off a chair if he wants to sit there.