Bull Terriers have a lot of energy, and most seem to burn off any calories they consume through play and trying to get attention from humans. However- like all of us- some Bull Terriers struggle with weight either due to health issues such as thyroid trouble, or because they are getting too many treats and not enough exercise. It’s good to notice when your Bully seems overweight so you can get him to the vet and make sure it’s not caused by a medical condition. If it isn’t, your vet can help you come up with a plan to help him shed some pounds. Here are three signs your Bull Terrier is overweight.
#1 – No Definition
Bull Terriers may be built like bricks, but they should still have definition. They should have deep ribs and flat shoulder blade without extra weight on them. Their belly should go upwards toward their waist in a curve – if there is no definition from front leg to hind leg, your Bully has some extra pounds on her waistline. Dr. Sophia Yin’s website has a great, easy to follow guide for checking this.
#2 – Unable To Reach That Itch
Does your Bull Terrier try to scratch his ear and just can’t reach? Or maybe he has a hard time biting himself. He should be able to groom himself without a struggle. If they are overly round, grooming becomes impossible. If that’s the case with your Bull Terrier, it’s time to diet.
#3 – Easily Overexerted
Do you walk a few steps and your Bull Terrier is already panting and wanting to stop? Barring hot weather, this is a sign that he is out of shape and probably overweight. It’s time to talk to the vet about a diet and exercise regimen that will slowly get him back on track. Be careful about pushing your Bully to exercise more than their body can handle – that can cause problems too – so work with your vet.