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Offline Ruth

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An interesting read.... our beautiful Bullies
« on: June 02, 2012, 10:43:23 pm »
Bull Terriers do not do well in situations where they are expected to remain alone in the home or yard for long periods of time or where their physical activity is very restricted. In these situations, very much like a three-year-old child, Bull Terriers become bored and destructive. They will often chew and destroy, are difficult or impossible to housebreak, and develop unpleasant habits such as incessant barking, tail chasing and peculiar personality quirks. It would make just as much sense to leave a little boy alone in an apartment for eight or nine hours as to do this with a Bull Terrier.

An adult bull terrier will often fit in to a working household routine and adjust its sleeping habits to correspond with its owner’s absence; even so, being left all the day is not desirable. Items left carelessly on the floor are always a temptation to any dog. Bull Terriers are no exception. The plastic toy when swallowed, and under x-ray not discernible, is the cause of many dog deaths and the responsibility must rest with the owner.
 
A Bull Terrier must have training and even the laziest owner will need to complete some schedule. Obviously, House training in a puppy is an early must, a “Dirty” and rapidly growing puppy will cause friction in any household and the sooner the newcomer adopts social habits the better. Its is not a good idea to shut them out and leave them for long periods – that will teach them nothing. Putting them out first thing in the morning means just that, first thing, and not after the kettle has being put on.
 
Lead training is essential, taking any untrained dog on a lead is hard work, and with a Bull Terrier it is a short cut to a long arm or a heart attack! Dogs should not be allowed off the lead. It is also worth remembering that a dog not on a lead, is not under the owner’s control. It is also not advisable to allow children under 15 to be in control of a Bull Terrier in a public place. All experienced Bull Terrier breeders will know of “trained” Bull Terriers who have come to harm through their owners carelessness, in not appreciating the dangers for a dog not on a lead.
 
Exercise needs will vary from dog to dog, some enjoy unlimited walking whilst others will satisfy their needs within the confines of the house. However a general rule of thumb is that two 30 min walks per day is sufficient for most Bull Terriers. They will fit in with their owner’s habits – human companionship is what they are really after.
 
The law requires that a dog must be under control and the owner responsible for its actions. Wise owners will insure against third party risk. Many household policies incorporate this type of cover at little or even no extra charge, but it should be checked with the insurers to be certain.
 
Most important is to have a securely fenced garden at least 4ft high. THIS IS ESSENTIAL. The thin lap wood fencing is no use at all. Bull Terriers have been known to go straight through it when in pursuit of a cat! Prospective owners must be honest when obtaining a Bull Terrier, if the garden is not well fenced or has weak spots, Bull Terriers will wander. There is a danger it may not be recovered and often they come to harm. They may even cause damage and injury or death to other animals. Whatever happens it is the fault and responsibility of the owner. Generally, puppies reared with cats will live well together with them, even adult Bull Terriers can often gently be moved in to live with cats, but the “cat hater” will kill cats.
 
It is generally not suitable to have a Bull Terrier of the same sex as a dog already in residence. Despite an excellent temperament of the sitting tenant they may sooner or later fight and providing they both survive one will need a new home, very upsetting for all concerned. Bull Terriers of the opposite sex will usually fit in quite well, but there can be exceptions and one must be aware of the need to guard against unwanted litters. Its is wise to have facilities available to keep the two dogs separated when the owners are out. One should never leave two dogs together unsupervised.
 
A Bull Terrier should be good natured, loving to all humans, tolerant of abuse to a point of stupidity, and although never completely trustworthy with other animals, should be of a fairly even disposition towards them.
 
Bull Terriers are a rambunctious breed so they must learn that they are the bottom of the family pecking-order. Kindness and love should be tempered with discipline and control. There should be no need to go through early ownership of a Bull Terrier with an iron fist, most will respond to a disapproving word, a tap on the table or the rattle of a newspaper.

Bull Terriers are unique in the spectrum of dogs. They can give tremendous joy or wreak havoc, depending on the time and effort spent by their owners to control and develop their special character.

<a href="http://www.bullterrierdog.net">Bullterrier Dog Breed Blog</a>.
« Last Edit: June 02, 2012, 11:04:06 pm by Ruth »
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Offline B.ORCHID

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Re: An interesting read.... our beautiful Bullies
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2012, 03:20:23 pm »
Thank you Ruth that was v.interesting and informative. The article did answer quite a few of my questions about our beloved Bullies.
Now I know why my Archie does the things he does.

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Re: An interesting read.... our beautiful Bullies
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2012, 10:19:06 pm »
Bull Terriers do not do well in situations where they are expected to remain alone in the home or yard for long periods of time or where their physical activity is very restricted. In these situations, very much like a three-year-old child, Bull Terriers become bored and destructive. They will often chew and destroy, are difficult or impossible to housebreak, and develop unpleasant habits such as incessant barking, tail chasing and peculiar personality quirks. It would make just as much sense to leave a little boy alone in an apartment for eight or nine hours as to do this with a Bull Terrier.[/b].

So very very very true! LOL  ;D

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Re: An interesting read.... our beautiful Bullies
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2012, 09:15:43 pm »
Bull Terriers are unique in the spectrum of dogs. They can give tremendous joy or wreak havoc, depending on the time and effort spent by their owners to control and develop their special character........I love that bit, think they do both anyway! ;D :P
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Re: An interesting read.... our beautiful Bullies
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2012, 01:57:20 pm »
wreak havoc.... Oh yes!

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Re: An interesting read.... our beautiful Bullies
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2012, 09:47:48 pm »
It is generally not suitable to have a Bull Terrier of the same sex as a dog already in residence. Despite an excellent temperament of the sitting tenant they may sooner or later fight and providing they both survive one will need a new home, very upsetting for all concerned. Bull Terriers of the opposite sex will usually fit in quite well, but there can be exceptions and one must be aware of the need to guard against unwanted litters. Its is wise to have facilities available to keep the two dogs separated when the owners are out. One should never leave two dogs together unsupervised.

i am surpirsed at this I know of quite a few people that have a couple of female Bullies together and they are great friends.

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Re: An interesting read.... our beautiful Bullies
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2012, 04:53:43 pm »
I guess there are exceptions to the ruke and alot depends on the dogs themselves and the owners and how they are introduced etc etc

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Re: An interesting read.... our beautiful Bullies
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2012, 10:21:54 pm »
Ellie lives with my female border terrier and get on great as long as you show
Them both love and affection its all good lol
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Re: An interesting read.... our beautiful Bullies
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2012, 07:43:26 pm »
Very interesting......you can pick bits out that match your own bullie....although a lot of their traits seem to be through all of them........again each bullie is an individual.....a lot of trial and error,patience and understanding.love affection.a good routine and of course the right amount of discipline, no ones perfect and we all try our best for our bullies and im sure between us all we have a lot of diffent experiences....which is what makes us all love the breed :)

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Re: An interesting read.... our beautiful Bullies
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2013, 10:40:39 pm »
This is a great article (more people who want a Bullie should read it! - just so they know what they may be letting themselves in for).

Over the years of having our bullies, we had 2 bitches who lived together quite nicely (most of the time) until one would just look at the other in a certain way - and there would be a kick off.  Which is ok when you are experienced and know how to deal with it (my husband would be the one to separate them when this happened - seldom, but it did happen) They would happily sleep and play together for months on end, it would only be the ocassional, ahem, bitchiness that would set them off(?). Having said that, there is no way I would ever have 2 males living together - personally, I would never advise it.  We know of several people who have tried - and have telephoned us to ask, in a panic what to do.

Bull Terriers are unique in the spectrum of dogs. They can give tremendous joy or wreak havoc, depending on the time and effort spent by their owners to control and develop their special character........I love that bit, think they do both anyway! ;D :P
  Totally agree!

Also - I cant stand it when Bullies are 'advertised' as "can live in or out" No, I dont agree, Bullies are house/people dogs - they are like kids in dog suits - they need us to give them loads of love, affection and be firm but fair with them, so they know where they fit in the family.

Clare x