How Many Puppies can a Bull Terrier Have? Tips on Breeding and Pregnancy

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. November 23, 2016
How Many Puppies can a Bull Terrier Have? Tips on Breeding and Pregnancy
English Bull Terrier

Animal file: English Bull Terrier

The English Bull Terrier or "Bully" is a unique and sweet-looking breed. Their affectionate, protective and loyal temperament have made them a very popular dog appreciated by millions of people worldwide.

If you are thinking about having Bull Terrier puppies, this article is the right one for you. We will explain how many puppies can a female Bull Terrier have in a single litter, what you should keep in mind and how important the decision you are going to take is. Before deciding to breed your Bull Terrier, you should take some time to think about it thoroughly, as it entails risks and responsibilities.

AnimalWised will give you useful tips so that you make the right decision, knowing all the variables that the pregnancy will depend on. Keep reading to find out how many puppies can a Bull Terrier have.

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  1. How many puppies can a Bull Terrier have?
  2. The Bull Terrier's pregnancy
  3. Details you should consider before breeding your Bull Terrier

How many puppies can a Bull Terrier have?

In one single litter, a female Bull Terrier has an average of around 5 puppies, but this figure can vary greatly depending on the various factors that will be explained below.

To begin with, you must consider the mother's health, which must be optimal in order to have a healthy and uncomplicated pregnancy. Female dogs used for breeding are likely to have fewer offspring in their first litter, so her age is also relevant.

On the other hand, the male Bull Terrier is also relevant in this process. More mature males impregnate a greater number of eggs and the same will happen if they mate several times.

Taking all these factors into account, it's easier to understand why an English Bull Terrier can have between 1 and 15 puppies in the same litter.

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The Bull Terrier's pregnancy

A Bull Terrier's pregnancy should be supervised by the veterinarian at all times in order to rule out possible associated problems. Monitoring the pregnancy once a week will be critical in order to know what to expect and how to care for your pregnant Bull Terrier. For instance, you can ask the vet about ultrasound scans for dogs.

It is very important to know that unlike other breeds, the Bull Terrier mother is somewhat impatient, nervous and excitable. You must be prepared to take charge of caring for the puppies if she does not do it properly. This is extremely important, as some Bull Terrier mothers have caused the death of their puppies by crushing them carelessly.

You should also get informed about possible delivery problems that may occur and be ready to act should this happen. A relatively common complication is mastitis in dogs during the lactation period.

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Details you should consider before breeding your Bull Terrier

Before even thinking about your Bull Terrier getting pregnant, you should read through the following points. The responsibility of this new life, from one puppy to fifteen, rests solely on you:

  • Avoiding inbreeding: Pairing two related Bull Terriers can have serious genetic consequences for their future puppies. You may see genetic mutations, predisposition to certain diseases or serious health problems, as well as a lower number of puppies. Learn more about finding your dog a partner before starting the process.
  • Healthy individuals: Never suggest breeding puppies from sick Bull Terriers. The probability of having a complicated pregnancy increases. You must also know that certain diseases can be transmitted the offspring; other health problems such as osteoarthritis or hip dysplasia are really serious, and dogs suffering from them should never be bred on purpose.
  • Physical defects: If your dog is suffering from any physical problems you should avoid breeding at all costs. A malformed jaw, misaligned bones or other illnesses can be transmitted to the puppies. It is not simply a question of looks, but of health and even pain.
  • Financial standing: You must be prepared to spend a lot of money if complications arise at birth, if your Bull Terrier needs an operation or if the puppies are affected by a disease. You will then need to get artificial formula milk if necessary and microchip all the puppies. Consider it thoroughly before making a decision.

  • Male size: The male Bull Terriers are always smaller than the females to prevent the puppies being too big and getting stuck.
  • Delivery problems: There are many problems that can arise in the delivering dog, and you must get informed and be prepared to act. For example, you should learn about reanimation and always have a phone ready to call the vet if the situation becomes complicated.
  • Responsibility for the puppies: You should know that you and the owner of the other Bull Terrier parent are responsible for the puppies' lives. You cannot give them away, abandon or sell them, nor can you offer them to someone who will not care for them properly. There are thousands of abandoned Bull Terriers around the world. Don't let one of your puppies end up the same.
  • Caring for the puppies: As we have explained, the Bull Terrier mother will not always take good care of her offspring. In fact, it is more than likely that you will have to take care of all the new-born puppies' needs. Waking up in the morning, cleaning regularly and feeding them very consistently will be some of your tasks. Failing to fulfill them can cause the Bull Terrier puppy to die.
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Are you still interested in raising a Bull Terrier litter? Here you can learn more about caring for a Bull Terrier - from health to dietary concerns - and here you can find a compilation of names for Bull Terrier dogs.

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That's because you shouldn't be breeding your own dogs. Regular ole pet owners don't know what the heck they're doing!
Your article makes it sounds like I'm not allowed to give or sell puppies if I decide to breed my dog. My bullterrier is currently pregnant and there are plenty of people out there interested in puppies and would provide them a good home. I dislike these sites that try to discourage us regular ole pet owners to breed our pets, like this is rocket science.
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Vee,

We certainly hope this article is discouraging people from breeding their family pets. You say there are plenty of people out there who want a dog, but what sort of quality checks do they go through? Who is to say they won't contribute to the 6.5 million companion animals a year who enter into the shelter system in the US alone (approx. 1.5 million of which are euthanized due to lack of suitable rehoming)?

Fortunately this number is going down, but only thanks to a concentrated effort by animal activists to encourage sterilization and better overall education. Breeding dogs may not be rocket science, but it is veterinary science. It requires licensed breeders who are able to appropriately breed animals to reduce the chances of genetic inheritance problems and meet the important needs of requirements in terms of preventative care and socialization.

None of this is to mention the general benefits sterilization offers the dog in terms of health and well-being. We hope anyone wanting to breed their dog is aware of the great strain they are putting on animal welfare resources.
my bull terrier got in with my Italian sheep herding dog his around 100lbs what kind of trouble am i looking for i rescued her from a bunch of collage students i didnt like the way she looked so i took her i was away when she went in heat and when i came back i saw her locked with my fixed husky keep in mind i was told she was fixed i didnt want her to have any babies i guess my question is with the size of the male what am i to expect and how long after she has the pups can i get her fixed i just wanted her to be free of any stress i didnt want this for her and she is very big
julie rodgerson
what's the best age for your english bull terrier to have pups
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Julie,

A Bull Terrier will usually start to go on heat around 6 months of age. However, this does not mean it is the best age to breed them. There are lots of health and environmental concerns to consider.

We also don't advise you breed your dog. Animal shelters take in an average of 3.3 million stray and abandoned dogs per year in the USA alone. While many workers are in a valiant fight against having these dogs put down, the truth is many healthy dogs are euthanized because a home cannot be found for them.

The world's dog population does not need new breeders. There are may lisensed breeders who do a great job, but until the rate of stray and abandoned dogs is lessened, it is not advisable to add more. For this reason we recommend spaying your dog for both their individual care needs and for the dog population at large.
Rob Corrigan
I have a 4 year old Miniature Bull Terrier..She is 4 years old and was first mated at the age of 2 and has been mated 3 times after.Mt problem is that she has never had a litter..Ive used different proven Studs with the Breeder i use and nothing...from the last mating i put her on Progesteron and she showed all the signs of being preganant...She shows no sign of being sick/ill,she is always happy.If you could give me some advice,i would be very gratefull...Thanks
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Rob,

Is it possible this was a pseudopregnancy (also known as a false pregnancy or phantom pregnancy)?

Unfortunately some dogs may have some complication which means they cannot become pregnant, even if they haven't been spayed. Speak to your vet if you are unsure.
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