How To Feed Your Bull Terrier


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Who can resist an adorable and playful Bull Terrier with bright eyes and a healthy coat? Well, as a loving dog parent, you must be concerned about which diet contributes to the overall health of your dog.

Feeding your Bull Terrier a healthy and balanced diet is an obvious choice when considering their wellbeing. Healthy food is a critical part of your dog's thriving health. 

How much food does your Bull Terrier need?

Well, it depends! Determining how much food your Bull Terrier needs isn’t always straightforward. The amount of food that you should feed them will largely depend on their age, metabolism, and their activity level.

Here are some recommendations for dietary requirements of puppies, adult dogs, and senior Bull Terriers:

Bull Terrier puppies 8–16 weeks old


This is the age when many Bull Terrier puppies are weaned and enter their new home. The daily diet of a Bull Terrier puppy should ensure that all the nutrients your furry child needs for growth and development are present. Puppies don't have a strong immune system to cope with a high bacterial load, so try to feed them with organic ingredients.

Bull Terrier puppies 16+ weeks old


They need balanced nutrition to develop and grow into healthy and active adult Bull Terriers. As your Bull Terrier puppy gets older, you can gradually reduce the number of feedings. At the 16-week mark, decrease feedings from four to three times a day. When your puppy reaches the 6–12 months bracket, begin feeding them twice daily.

Adult Bull Terrier 


When a Bull Terrier reaches 90% of their expected adult weight, they're considered an adult dog. You must ensure that your Bull Terrier gets the right mix of protein, fats, minerals, and vitamins. You can add meat, fruits, vegetables, or a little dairy for variety. Choose fresh, high-quality, raw, and meaty bones to support their overall health and ensure a well-rounded diet. Remember, a balanced diet is the foundation of your Bull Terrier's vitality and longevity. 

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Senior Bull Terrier 

For senior Bull Terriers, the nutritional requirements usually change and evolve. Senior Bull Terriers are prone to many health issues including obesity, arthritis, cognitive problems, and appetite loss. These health problems can be affected or improved by the daily diet you feed. Healthy seniors need more protein to maintain muscle mass. Many senior dogs may need more fiber, protein, or other nutrients to ensure their bodies are taken care of.

Bull Terrier Puppy Age Number of meals a day 
0-8 weeks  3-4 meals
2-3 months 3-4 meals
4-6 months  3-4 meals
6-9 months  2-3 meals 
9-12 months 2 meals

Remember that these are general guidelines, and you may need to tailor the amounts to match your Bull Terrier pup's unique requirements. Just be vigilant to avoid overfeeding or underfeeding, and if you have any doubts, consult your vet for a thorough assessment of your dog's diet and nutritional needs. Your Bull Terrier's health and well-being are of paramount importance.

Dietary tips for Bull Terriers

Here are a few points that you should know:

  • Your Bull Terrier’s diet should be healthy, and balanced, and include all nutrients. 
  • If your Bull Terrier is on commercial dog food, it must be safe, affordable, and made with high-quality ingredients.
  • Bull Terrier puppies are in a growing stage and should be given enough proteins to meet their growing needs. 
  • Overfeeding your Bull Terrier is not recommended as it leads to weight gain, obesity, joint problems, and other health issues
  • Give appropriate meal sizes based on your dog's age, weight, and activity levels. This will help your Bull Terrier maintain their ideal weight and remain active. 
  • Always ensure your Bull Terrier is well hydrated. Clean and fresh water should be made available to your pet at all times. 
  • Make sure to wash your dog's water and food bowls very often. 
  • While introducing a new dog food, always start with the recommended amount, monitor your Bull Terrier’s weight, and make adjustments accordingly.

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Bull Terrier puppy feeding tips

There is no magic formula and every dog is a bit different. Here are a few tips for feeding your Bull Terrier puppy:

  • Feed your Bull Terrier puppy 3-4 times a day up until the age of 12 weeks.
  • It's ideal to start with one protein source.
  • You need to balance calcium and phosphorus in your Bull Terrier puppy's raw diet.
  • Don't overdo with the organ meats. Excess amounts of organ meats can cause loose stools in Bull Terrier puppies. Go easy on the liver!
  • Muscle meat should make up about 35% to 50% of the diet.
  • Bull Terrier puppies should not be given any food with more than a 10% bone content until after they are 12 weeks old.
  • Try to feed organic ingredients to your Bull Terrier pups.
  • Make sure your puppy has plenty of fresh water available at all times.

How to get your Bull Terrier started on a new diet

Now you’re well-informed about how to feed your Bull Terrier. Here are some steps to transition your dog from one food to another:

Slow transition: The complete transition can often take 7 to 10 days. The key is to go slowly with the dietary change. Bull Terrier puppies have healthier digestive systems and can generally transition over the course of a few days. The senior Bull Terriers take longer to transition to the new diet.

Choose good quality food: Make sure the food you are feeding is of good quality. Start with a poultry protein such as chicken, turkey, or duck.

Observe your Bull Terrier: If you are noticing loose stools or loss of appetite early in the process, cut back on the amount of food being fed and increase it at a slower rate. Continue replacing a little bit of the original diet with the new diet.

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Final Thoughts

Keep in mind that every Bull Terrier has different needs. You should consider both your Bull Terrier's size, age, and the amount of activity they do when deciding how to feed them. What matters most is that what you feed your Bull Terrier must be healthy and replicate their natural feeding patterns.

Your Bull Terrier deserves only the best! You can save your money and improve their health by feeding them a well-balanced diet.

Now you’re well-informed about how to feed your Bull Terrier, so, it’s time to get started!