QUESTONS TO ASK BEFORE PURCHASING A BULL TERRIER
Please see the following list of TGCBTC Breeders or visit the Bull Terrier Club of America website
at for additional Breeder Referrals.
Candy Aron - Deslynn Bull Terriers -
Russell & Alesia Cooke - Lechmere Bull Terriers - - AKC Breeder of Merit
Diane Foote - Deslynn Bull Terriers -
Mary Holsen - Valkyrie Bull Terriers -
Linda Jones Ledesma - Linric Bull Terriers - - AKC Breeder of Merit
Edgardo Llanas - The One and Only Bull Terriers -
Sonny & Margaret Saldivar - Texican Bull Terriers -
Glenna & Tom Wright, DVM - Glentom Bull Terriers - - AKC Breeder of Merit
The document below was developed by the Bull Terrier Club of America of which the
Texas Gulf Coast Bull Terrier Club is a recognized Regional Club.
You have decided that a Bull Terrier is the dog for you!
Choosing a reputable person from whom to purchase your puppy should be your primary concern. After all, the little bundle of fun and energy will be with you and your family for a decade and hopefully more. Since it is virtually impossible for you, the buyer, to know what any of the puppies in a litter will grow into physically and emotionally; you must rely on the knowledge, integrity and honesty of the person from whom you purchase your pup. The following are questions you can ask that will help you assess the qualifications and dedication of the breeder. Don't be afraid to ask questions. A serious breeder will be willing to patiently answer your questions.
How long have you owned and bred Bull Terriers?
Experience is often an indicator of specialized knowledge of the breed. Conscientious new breeders should be mentored by more experienced breeders.
There are three types of persons who sell dogs; two of them call themselves breeders:
Pet Shop or Dealer – The worst possible choice. Puppies in these situations come from many sources. You will be assured the puppy is healthy and that its' parents were healthy, but often nothing about the parents' temperament, health or size will be known. Sometimes these dealers import whole litters from other countries and sell them as quickly as possible through stores and over the Internet. Little or no socialization or temperament evaluation is done. Here a puppy is merchandise, bought at a low price, sold at a high price as quickly as possible to the first person that comes along.
Backyard Breeder – Another poor choice. This person owns a pet Bull Terrier and thinks it would be "fun" to have puppies, or thinks it will be an "educational experience" for their children. Even worse, perhaps it is being done to make a "little extra money". Usually, this person knows little or nothing about breed history or the accepted breed standard. They are usually not knowledgeable about feeding, grooming, socialization, and breed health issues, and typically don't want to know. Their goal is to produce a litter of pups and sell them quickly, usually by 6-8 weeks, and sometimes even earlier.
Hobby Breeder – The best choice. The serious, dedicated hobby breeder considers his dogs members of the family. He does the breeding not expecting to make a profit, and frequently doesn't. These people breed for the enjoyment, pleasure and thrill of producing the very finest possible specimens of the breed, rather than profit, the result is superior quality. These breeders acknowledge responsibility for each and every puppy produced and stand behind every dog they breed. Also, don't be surprised if the Breeder asks you questions about your home, knowledge of dogs (or the breed), and reasons for wanting a Bull Terrier.
Do you participate in events sponsored by the BTCA, AKC or regional clubs?
Do you sell Bull Terriers to pet shops or dog brokers?
A reputable breeder has promised to never sell to shops or brokers, but to place puppies personally.
Do you health test your Bull Terriers and what conditions do you test for?
At present there are four recommend test areas; hearing, hearts, kidneys and patellae (knee caps).
Have the sire (father) and dam (mother) been tested and are the results available?
To what age did the immediate ancestors live (i.e. parents, grandparents and great grandparents)? If they are not still alive, what happened to them?
Long lived ancestors may indicate a better chance of long life for your puppy, though this is by no means a guarantee. Sometimes ancestors die from accidental injuries.
What health problems have you had with your Bull Terriers?
Would either or both parents be available for me to see?
Do you sell with a contract and what are the terms?
Do you sell with a health warranty and what is the length of the warranty and what conditions are covered in the warranty?
At what age do you place your puppies?
What vaccinations would the puppy have prior to being available
What health testing will be necessary in the future?
Would I have to pick the puppy up or do you ship?
If I purchase a Bull Terrier from you and events lead to my having to return the dog, what will happen with the dog?
Do you have a website featuring your Bull Terriers?
Many breeders have developed websites where you can see photos of their dogs and learn of their activities. Some breeders don’t want the flood of enquiries to deal with and have avoided websites. A website is a useful tool for education, but is certainly no guarantee of quality or commitment to the Breed.
What questions should you expect to be asked by the breeder?
The following are topics you can expect to discuss:
Intact Male Behavior
Availability for Showing
Health Screenings Responsibilities