You Make The Diagnosis: Common Skin Conditions In Bull Terriers

Bull terriers are a fun breed, full of personality. Unfortunately, they are prone to a few skin problems. Name the most common skin conditions seen in this breed. Thankfully, this cute little puppy had healthy skin.

Bull Terrier Snip


  1. Mange caused by the demodex mite. (I see this mite causing problems in puppies from many breeds).
  2. Solar dermatitis as well as cancer – Any dog with white hair and pink skin is prone to sunburn and eventually cancer from sun exposure.  I have removed many hemangiomas, hemangiosarcomas and squamous cell carcinomas from dogs who love to sunbathe.
  3. Tail mutilation.
  4. Allergies.
  5. Lethal acrodermatitis.

Source:                                                                                                                                 -Foil, Karen. Breed-Related Dermatoses. VIN Dermatology Folder.


Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.