Muscular, active, and agile. They were designed for combat... and it shows.
The History Of The Bull Terrier
The Bull Terrier is also known as English Bull Terrier and they originated in England during the 19th century.
Bull Terriers were developed in 19th century England for fighting bulls. It was a cross between the bulldog and various terriers, including the extinct White English Terrier. What resulted was an agile, fearless and tenacious dog that would pit itself against anything.
When blood sports were outlawed, fanciers discovered that there was a lot more to this dog than just a fighter. Originally Bull Terriers were white, colored dogs were produced by crossing white Bull Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers. All colors can now be found in the same litter.
Description Of The Bull Terrier
The tail is carried horizontally and not altered. The ears are erect and are not altered.
The Bull Terrier’s most distinctive feature is its head. It is almost flat at the top and slopes evenly down to the nose with no stop. It’s eyes are small, almond shaped and set close together. The shoulders are powerful and muscular. Noses of pups are pink but darken with age. They are very clean in its personal habits.
The Standard Bull Terrier is 20 - 24 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 45 - 80 pounds. Miniature Bull Terrier are only 10 - 14 inches tall and weigh 24 - 33 pounds.
Coat & Grooming
The Bull Terrier has a short, dense coat that comes the following colors: white, black, brindle, red, fawn and tricolor. The They are simple to groom. An occasional combing and brushing will do. This breed sheds twice a year. Loose hair can be removed with a daily rubdown using a special rubber glove.
Temperament and Bull Terrier Training
The original aggression has now been bred out of these dogs and they are much gentler now. Trained from a young age by a knowledgeable owner they will be loyal, obedient and very attached to their owner.
They thrive on affection and make a great family pets. They like to be active and supervised. Do not confuse them with the more aggressive Pit Bull.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for a Bull Terrier is around 10-12 years.
Bull Terriers are generally healthy, but some are prone to a zinc deficiency which may be fatal. Careful selection of bloodlines is essential. Avoid lines with a history of deafness, obsessive behaviors and slipped patellas.
Some male Bull Terriers suffer from excessive testosterone, making them overly territorial. Neutering is the only real answer.
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Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
Bull Terriers will be fine living in an apartment as long as they are given plenty of exercise. They are fairly active indoors and a small yard will suffice. Avoid cold climates.
They need regular strenuous daily exercise as befits their athletic frame. They should always be kept on a lead in public areas as they will fight other dogs. The Bull Terrier may well become overweight if it is not properly exercised.
For More Information on the Bull Terrier
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The Bull Terrier is renowned as Budweiser’s Spuds MacKenzie and the constant companion of General Patton during World War II.
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