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Bull Terrier

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Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier is a sturdy, medium-sized, strongly built dog. Their dense coat comes in white, black, brindle, red, fawn and tri-color. White Bull Terriers might have colored markings on the head, but should not have it anywhere else on the body when showing. The large head is oval or egg shaped with an almost flat top sloping down to the tip of the nose and has no stop. The Roman nose is black with well developed nostrils. The strong jaw is deep and the teeth have a scissor-like bite. The deep-set, triangular shaped eyes are slanted and black or dark brown in color. The small ears are thin and set close together. The long, arched neck tapers from the muscular shoulders to the head. The body is round and compact with a strong, level back. The chest should be broad. The legs should be strong and straight and the hindlegs should have a well-developed second thigh. The round compact feet should have well arched toes. The short tail should sit low and be carried horizontally. Two varieties of the breed are accepted in the AKC standard: the White Bull Terrier and the Colored Bull Terrier.

Temperament Bull Terriers are friendly, courageous, fun loving, active, and have a wonderful sense of humor. They are very affectionate and become very attached to their owners. This breed should not be left alone for an extensive amount of time since they will become bored and their strong jaws can produce a lot of damage. Bull Terriers can become very protective, willful, jealous, or possessive. This behavior should not be encouraged. This breed is not recommended for first time owners. They might try to participate in family rough housing and quarreling. This should also be discouraged, since this may result in nipping or knocking down. Due to their powerful jaws, nipping could cause a lot of damage, even if they are playing. They should be thoroughly socialized so that they will feel comfortable and not aggressive around other dogs. Although this breed is usually placid if threatened or challenged, they will attack. Due to their strong prey drive, Bull Terriers are generally aggressive towards smaller animals such as cats, rodents, birds, and smaller dogs. They should not be in the same household as other dominant, aggressive, or assertive pets. Males and females usually can successfully cohabitate. Two females can sometimes live together although they need a lot of care and supervision. This breed should not be off a leash in public areas. Bull Terriers should be purchased through reputable breeders since different lines can have distinct personalities. For example: Some may be more dominant than others. They also may have unusual personality traits such as incessant barking and tail chasing.
Height, Weight Standard Bull Height: 20-24" ; Weight: 45-80 lbs.
Miniature Bull Height: 10-14" ; Weight: 24-23 lbs.
Health Problems Bull Terriers are generally a healthy breed although there are several hereditary ailments that show up in certain lines. Some are prone to suffer from a zinc deficiency which can cause death. Others are prone to slipped patella (dislocation of the kneecaps). Males in this breed may suffer from an overabundance of testosterone, however neutering often resolves this problem. White Bull Terriers are highly prone to deafness. Make sure that breeders screen their stock. Obsessive compulsive behavior is another issue that some Bull Terriers struggle with. They will obsessively chase their tail or a specific item. This breed also may be sensitive to fleas or other parasites.
Living Conditions Bull Terriers can live okay in an apartment if they are given sufficient exercise. A small yard will do for this breed and they prefer warmer climates.
Exercise This breed needs vigorous exercise but should always be on a lead as they are very aggressive towards other dogs. Exercise is needed with this breed as they can tend to become overweight.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming The Bull Terrier is easy to groom. They are an average shedder with heavier shedding twice a year.
Origin In 1830, battles between Bulldogs and bulls were at an all time high. During this time enthusiastics of the "sport" decided to develop a dog that would attack with more agility. They crossed the Bulldog with the Old English Terrier. They then added a small amount of Spanish Pointer and in the 19th century developed the Bull Terrier. They were produced to fight to the death. The White Bull Terrier variety was developed in 1850. Its original nickname was the "White Cavalier". This dog became fashionable as a pet for the aristocracy in the late 19th century. Today, they are one of the most popular dogs in Britain and have proven to be an incredible guard dog. The miniature version of the Bull Terrier has been around as long as the standard but was recognized as a separate breed in 1939 by the British Kennel Club. They are also recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC and UKC Terrier