If you’ve seen a Bull Terrier, you’ve most likely become engrossed by the unique look and actions of these stocky pooches. Always in good spirits, these dogs are loving, loyal, and want to please and protect their owners. However, like with many dog breeds, when the time comes to bring a Bull Terrier home with you, a big decision comes into play. Which gender is best suited for you? You’ll find that there are a few differences when it comes to males and females of this breed. While those differences may not be huge, they could be enough to factor into which dog you feel is right for you. Let’s learn more about the differences between male and female Bull Terriers so you can make the best decision possible.
At a Glance
Bull Terrier 101
Bull Terriers were originally bred around 1835 in England. To create this breed, the English Terrier and Bulldog were mixed. Like similar dog breeds, the Bull Terrier was bred to take part in bloodsports. These tough little white dogs were fearsome competitors in bullfighting. When this sport was outlawed for dog owners, Bull Terriers were then moved into the ring of dog fighting. Thankfully, that bloodsport was also outlawed. This is when the Bull Terrier made the move from a fighting breed to a companion dog. While they are strong, tough dogs, they are also very social and love being around their humans. In the 1800s, these dogs were known for being the pets of English gentlemen. Now, they are considered family pets that have tons of energy but aren’t aware of their own strength.
Male Bull Terrier Overview
Personality / Character
Yes, these stocky medium-sized dogs look a bit intimidating, but if you want the truth, they are goofballs. One of the biggest draws to this dog breed is the fun, energetic, and mischievous personalities they exude. Not to mention their unique appearances. When it comes to male Bull Terriers, they have been referred to as big, dumb jocks by some. The consensus is that males of this breed will go with the flow and stick by your side no matter what you’re doing. However, their stubbornness cannot be ignored.
Bull Terriers are an intelligent breed, however, males are often considered a bit bullheaded when it comes to training. They can catch on easily when they are in the mood. The goofy side of these dogs makes training a bit harder so you need to use a firm hand and become the alpha from the onset.
Proper socialization and early training are a must with the Bull Terrier. This is especially true if you plan on introducing these dogs to other pets. Bull Terriers have had aggression bred out of them, but they often underestimate their strength and need to be taught how to interact properly.
Health & Care
Caring for a male Bull Terrier isn’t that difficult. The most important thing is to start veterinarian care at an early age and follow the vet’s visit schedule closely. With the energy levels of these dogs, they will need dog food that can keep up. When choosing, you’ll need high-quality, high-protein food. As a pup, you’ll be feeding your male Bull Terrier three or four small meals per day. As your pet ages, this will change to two larger meals per day. It’s important to avoid overfeeding a Bull Terrier as they are prone to obesity.
Grooming is relatively easy when it comes to these dogs. Routine brushing once a week will keep their coats looking sleek and free of debris. Other than that you’ll want to bathe your Bull Terrier when they’re dirty or getting doggy odor. Their nails should be kept trimmed and their teeth should be brushed daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and dog-safe toothpaste.
When it comes to healthcare, you’ll find that Bull Terriers are relatively healthy dogs. However, there are a few conditions they can experience throughout their lives. Minor conditions can include deafness or skin and eye conditions. More serious health conditions can include cardiac issues, kidney disease, lethal acrodermatitis, and patellar luxation.
Like many male dogs, having an intact male can lead to issues around the home. This is especially true if a female that is in heat is around. If you are planning on breeding your male Bull Terrier, it would be best to avoid having more than one intact male on the property. As the dog ages, aggression and bullying for a female could become an issue.
Female Bull Terrier Overview
Personality / Character
We used the term big dumb jocks for male Bull Terriers. If we were to choose a term suitable for the females of this breed it would have to be mischievous, conniving bitches. What? It’s the term for a female dog. You’ll notice that in most cases, female Bull Terriers are a bit calmer than males. However, they are also smarter. This means they put a bit more thought behind what they do. Many owners claim that females like to get into things and be a bit naughty. However, they are slightly smaller than males and don’t tend to be as rambunctious and energetic at all times. That doesn’t mean they aren’t energetic though. You’ll just see a bit more independence in the ladies. You may also notice that both females and males tend to get bored. Make sure you give them lots of toys and activities to keep their minds occupied.
Stubbornness is also a factor when it comes to female Bull Terriers. However, you’ll notice that in most cases, females can catch onto things easier than males. Still, their training and socialization should start at a young age. Firm guidance during training will make things easier. You’ll also need to avoid harsh words or punishments when it comes to these dogs. Once you lose their respect, you may not get it back. This can lead to these dogs not listening to you or anyone else for that matter.
Health & Care
You’ll find that the health and care of female Bull Terriers is similar to that of the males. Of course, you’ll need to deal with your females going into heat if you don’t have them spayed. There can also be complications as your female ages if she hasn’t been altered. This is especially true if they’ve bred several litters. Always speak to your veterinarian and keep your female constantly monitored if breeding is your plan.
Aggression can also appear in unaltered females when their cycle is coming around. Males that tend to be bothersome may get put in their place quickly. Females will also be very protective of puppies once they become mothers. Of course, this may not be an issue if you’ve formed a good bond with your female, however, these dogs’ size and power shouldn’t be underestimated when it comes to the idea of them protecting their young.
Which Gender Is Right For You?
Both male and female Bull Terriers do great with kids, pets, and families if they are socialized early in life. When it comes to deciding which gender is best suited for you, the differences aren’t all that major. Yes, males have tons of energy but they are up for anything. Females have a bit more independence but tend to be a bit naughty from time to time. Either way you go, there will be lots of stubbornness involved so be prepared. These stocky dogs will keep you on your toes, no matter which gender you choose.