The Bull Terrier
Bull Terrier as some other pure breeds has their health issues, we have
tried to cover most of them on this page. Remember, it will not always be
easy to find a litter where both parents are tested since testing is not
always done on both parents.
believe that the best Bull Terrier is a healthy Bull Terrier, and will
therefore test all our Bullies before using them in breeding. This is not
a standard, but as we want to improve the breed and try to avoid getting
pups that will suffer from illness we will be testing our dogs. More and
more serious breeders start health testing their dogs, as they start to
see the positive effect it has on their breeding lines. That said, there are great dogs out there which has
not been tested, so there is not automatically a bad Bull Terrier if it
has not been tested! If you do decide
to get a bullie from health tested parents, make sure that the breeder
will let you see the test results, as some breeders claim they health test
their dogs- though that is not the case!!
same time, one must realize that even though parents are tested, some
illnesses may occur since some the form of inheritance is not dominant. To
buy a puppie from health tested parents may reduce the chance of illness,
but will never be a guarantee that the pup you bring home with you will
become 14 years old!
bully's can get a bald patch on their heads and near the base of their
tails. It is just a gland and is very normal.
problems is the most common problems with Bull Terriers, but not always
the most serious one, as it usually is far from lethal. The skin problems can be allergy related. The best
way to prevent skinproblems is to proparly feed your bullie with good quality
food! If the
dog does exhibit signs of allergies, it may be smart not only to treat the
problem, but also do a allergy test so one can avoid the allergen if
signs of allergy may be small rashes, blotches and spots. If untreated a
secondary infection may occur, or the dog may suffer from a complete hair
loss in the effected area.
Bull Terrier with kidney problems should not be used in breeding as it can lead
to kidney failure in future pups.Inherited Kidney Disease (KD) can lead to
kidney failure and death. The main problem with KD is that there is no
cure! KD is a dominantly inherited disease, which means that if one parent
has the gene for the disease, half of the litter produced will get the
disease. But it also means that it is a disease which can be bred out of
the breed. Luckely more and more breeders do a UPC test on their breeding
stock before considering breeding that particular dog or bitch.
heart problems may cause serious problems I recommend using tested
parents, as it decrease the chance of any heart problems occurring in the
future lines of Bull Terriers. This is one of the most serious problmes
with in the breed, and though testing is expensive it is helpful for
reducing the chance of getting litters with pups with heart problems.
Remember that if you get a
bull terrier with a health problem, do take contact with your breeders as
most breeders are more than willing to come with good advice and may know
a way to help both you and your bull terrier. No serious breeder wants to
breed a sick dog or bitch.
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Revised: mars, 2010.