Bull Terrier Questions and Answers (FAQ)

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  • 1.Homemade Food and Treats
  • Should I cook vegetables I want to feed to my Bull Terrier or any other dog?
    Dorothea Cornelius26-12-2014
    This is a question someone who actually used my Low starch, grain-free homemade raw food recipe for dogs to produce his own homemade dog food has asked me.
    The answer is: YES, you should cook vegetables you want to feed to your Bull Terrier or any other dog.
    It is said that dogs are not able to digest raw, uncooked vegetables properly.
    Although I feel like the frozen green beans and the pieces of baby carrots I feed to Mila raw during our training sessions seem to get digested, I think it is a different story when they are part of the daily food serving in larger amounts.
    I have learned more about that on my own with one of her previous food batches:
    In that batch I had used dried lentils and just did not cook them long enough to really get mushy. For the next 6 weeks I found the uncooked lentils merely unchanged in her stools - well, I did not really examine them, but they looked intact, which for me confirmed the digestion theory on vegetables and dogs.
    This is why I recommend to cook them.
    Cooking them to mush is especially important for legumes, because of the reasons given above.
    For carrots and other vegetables it is sufficient to cook them until you are able to squeeze them with your fingers in order to work them into the meat dough and distribute them evenly when preparing my Low starch, grain-free homemade raw food recipe for dogs. They don’t have to be completely mushy.
    The shorter vegetables get cooked, the less vitamins they loose during the process.
    Therefore like when preparing food for humans, I also try to use as few water as possible in order to avoid flushing out all of the valuable water-soluble vitamins. So the cooking water almost completely goes into the veggis during cooking and there is only a very small rest of water remaining to pour away. You can also steam the veggis, if you have the tools to prepare such large amounts that way. That is even better to preserve the vitamins.
    Have fun cooking!
  • How much does it cost to feed raw food to my Bull Terrier or any other dog?
    Dorothea Cornelius12-12-2014

    This is only a sample calculation based on the food prices in 2014 in SW Florida with food supply for 45 days and for a 50lb dog:

    $122.- for 30.5 lb Bottom flat meat (at BJ’s with BJ membership card, 3.99/lb)
    $17.- for 10.5 lb chicken hearts/ liver (at Walmart)
    $7.60 for 8 lb carrots (at BJ’s)
    $8.- for 4 lb broccoli (at BJ’s)
    $3.25 for 3 Bags of split dried green peas
    $3.25 for 24 eggs (at BJ’s)
    ≈ $2 for 1/2 garlic bulb, limestone powder
    (add $3.- for 1/2 bottle organic ACV (with mother!) if you use that)
    ≈ $3.60/ day (without added vitamins, yogurt and fish oil)
    ≈ $110/ month

  • How can I calculate the daily food for my Bull Terrier or any other dog?
    Dorothea Cornelius13-12-2014

    The daily food intake of a dog is measured in percentage of body weight.

    Note: This is a calculation for RAW food, not kibble!
    Also these values are only for reference. Please adjust the daily amount depending on your dogs situation and condition. Just like humans, very active dogs may require more food than the average dog, for example.

    2% of bodyweight for overweight dogs*
    2.5% - 3% to maintain the current weight*
    More % to fatten a skinny dog*

    Please talk to your vet, if you intend to feed your puppy a raw diet. Puppies have special needs and require up to 10% of body their weight in food each day.

    Calculation example for Mila:
    Mila weighs ≈ 50 lb. She has an average level of activity with some more active days sprinkled in. She also gets her homemade treats and a daily amount of yogurt, salmon oil and vitamin supplement.
    All of these aspects lead to a daily amount of 600 grams (≈ 1.3 lb) as the perfect amount of our raw dog food mix.

    *I have researched these values on the Internet. Please do your own research to confirm the correct amounts. I do not take over any responsibility for the published values.

  • How can I calculate the calcium requirements for my Bull Terrier or any other dog?
    Dorothea Cornelius13-12-2014

    A dog's daily requirement of Calcium is calculated in relation to its body weight*:

    • 25 lb dog needs about 800-900 mg Calcium
    • 50 lb dog needs 1600-1750 mg Calcium
    • 75 lb dog needs about 2600-2700 mg Calcium

    *I have researched these values on the Internet. Please do your own research to confirm the correct amounts. I do not take over any responsibility for the published values.

  • Why is it important to watch the Calcium intake of my Bull Terrier or any other dog when feeding raw?
    Dorothea Cornelius13-12-2014

    Calcium is one of the most important minerals for a dog’s body, required in fairly high amounts for the bones, muscles, nerves and blood. In addition, the Calcium - Phosphorous ratio is a very important parameter in the nutrition of your dog, because those two minerals work together in the skeletal system.

    If you do not feed bones to your dog or another source rich in calcium, you may want to supplement Calcium in your dog’s diet, when feeding raw. This is also true for Low starch, grain-free homemade raw food recipe for dogs, because it does not include bone.
    While Phosphorous usually is automatically fed in sufficient amounts just by feeding meats in a raw diet, Calcium may need to be added to balance the ratio, which should be 1.2 - 1.3 parts of Calcium per 1 part of Phosphorous.
    Both over and under supplementing can have health consequences for your dog. Therefore it is advisable to calculate the Calcium requirement of your own dog and supplement appropriately.

    You will find more information on how to calculate the ratio in my Low starch, grain-free homemade raw food recipe for dogs or in this FAQ section.

  • How can I add Calcium to my Bull Terrier's or any other dog's food when feeding raw?
    Dorothea Cornelius13-12-2014

    One way to add Calcium is feeding bone, as it contains a lot of calcium.
    Many people (myself included) do not feed bones to their dogs due to the involved risks (internal injury from sharp edges, choking). Or they do not want to grind bone or don't have the means to do so (requires special grinders).
    Therefore sometimes other sources need to be found.

    There is a pretty easy way to add Calcium to a batch of raw food without using bone:
    I simply use the egg shells from my Low starch, grain-free homemade raw food recipe for dogs and powder them in a porcelain mortar.
    Note: Egg shells should be ground/powdered to aid absorption of the Calcium, because whole egg shells cannot be properly digested by the dog.

    One egg shell weighs about 6-7 grams and contains about 37% Calcium*.
    Meats do not deliver considerable amounts of Calcium, nor do innards. Vegetables deliver variable amounts of Calcium, wich can be taken into consideration.
    Calcium that cannot be sufficiently supplemented by egg shells and vegetables can be increased by use of food grade limestone.

    Food grade limestone contains 75-90% available Calcium*.
    There are also other calcium sources that can be used as additive.

    *I have researched these values on the Internet. Please do your own research to confirm the correct amounts. I do not take over any responsibility for the published values.

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  2. Hi, when I was 24 yrs old my wife and I got an English Bull Terrier. There was no internet at the time, mid 80’s, so all correspondence was by phone or mail. We found a breeder in Canada who sent us a pic of the puppy she had, we traveled 4 hours into Canada, we live on the border U.S. side, went to her house where she bred the dogs. It wasn’t really the nicest place, there was a barn with the dogs in it and a barbed wire fence surrounding it. She brought us the puppy but it wasn’t the one in the pic that she had sent us. Also the puppy’s front paw was bandaged, she said he had got it caught in the barbed wire fence. We ended up taking the dog and fell in love with him. He slept in our bed, we pampered him and took very good care of him. We’d heard English Bull Terriers were good with kids and soon we were expecting our first child. We named our dog Solomon George and he was part of our family. When he reached 6 to 7 months old he started becoming aggressive, he’d start growling at things. Like when he was in bed sleeping and we bumped him accidentally while one of us rolled over he’d start growling real low and it was kind of scary. It got to the point where he’d just snap for no reason at somebody. Once my wife and another time my brother who were sitting on our couch just playing with him. Once he bit my hand and drew blood. It was like he’d snap and then calm right down. I called the breeder, she said to put him out in the garage by himself as punishment the next time he does it. We hated to do it but the next couple times he snapped or started to growl like he was ready to snap we put him in the garage but it didn’t seem to help. I’m disabled and usually in a wheelchair but sometimes would get on the floor to play with Solomon. A couple weeks before our son was born my wife and I were sitting on the floor of the room we were fixing up for our baby. Solomon was in there, everything was great. We were talking about what things we had left to do fixing up the room and what it was going to be like having a newborn, thinking about the future. I gave Solomon a hug and all of a sudden he started to growl, I lifted my arm off him. Fortunately he didn’t shoot straight ahead at my wife but turned and came at me. He bit my face, ripping down through my nose up through my chin and locking on my top lip. I grabbed him by the neck holding him close to me so he wouldn’t pull back and rip my lip apart anymore than it already was and squeezed as hard as I could. He opened his mouth and I pushed him back still holding him tight as he was in a rage trying to get to me. Then just as quickly as it started he calmed right down. My wife called the ambulance, I went to the hospital and had my face stitched up. 30 to 40 stitches later I was back home I still didn’t want to get rid of Solomon but my wife and family that lived nearby convinced me, saying. If Solomon snapped and went at the baby what would happen, he’d very easily kill our baby. Not wanting to have him put to sleep we set up a meeting with the breeder at the border for her to take him back. She pulled up in her car got out, saw my face, she turned and said I don’t want that dog. I said hold on, she said “sue me” and off she went. We had him put to sleep, we buried him out back of our house. Sorry to make the story so long but I’d really love to get another one. Seeing the clips online of how friendly they are and what great pets they are, I don’t know what went wrong with Solomon but my wife is scared to death thinking of me getting another one. Thanks for reading this,peace:out.

    • Once people went through such trauma, decisions become solely emotional and no longer rational. I can understand that. Who would want to go through such drama again. On the other side I am amazed that you have obviously not lost your faith in the breed, despite the injury you’ve suffered. I am pretty sure that there was something wrong with your pup, probably a mental issue. Maybe even something hereditary I don’t know the breeder you purchased the dog from. But your story doesn’t sound like she really cared about crossing individuals of good temperament and health only. From the stories I hear and my own experience I get the feeling myself that some Bull Terriers just are a little mouthy, even when older. But my experience also tells me that – if not disease is involved – this behavior is pretty well manageable by training and consistency.
      In terms of disease, there is a phenomenon called “SOA” (Sudden Onset Aggression), which is rare but occurs more often in Bull Terriers. However, very characteristic about it is that dogs with SOA often attack from their sleep and do not seem to be aware of what they did after it happened and they regain consciousness. This is very special because in those cases the aggression is not really a conscious behavior. I am not saying that’s what your dog was suffering from. I am just talking about some possibilities.

      If you ever really decide to get another Bull Terrier I can only encourage you to look for a puppy from a reputable breeder. Not only in terms of temperament but also health-wise it is more important than ever to look for a puppy from a breeder, who considers these two aspects in breeding.
      Thank you for sharing your story.

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