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Bull Terrier

Quick facts

Bull Terrier AKC Group: Terrier
Height: 20-24 inches
Weight: 45-85 pounds
Colors: White though markings on the head (brindle, fawn, red, black) are permissible
AKC recognized in: 1885

The Bull Terrier is otherwise known as the English Bull Terrier. You can easily identify them through their big, egg-shaped head, their small triangular-shaped eyes, and their unique sloping muzzle which can only be described as Roman.

They are also famous for their jaunty gait, a type of walk unique to Bull Terriers. It shows the confident stride of a Bull Terrier which has been long-regarded as the Gladiator of the Canine Race within the competition ring.

Charge it to the fancy for blood sports in the 19th century that the Bull-and-Terrier breeds were developed. They were based on a cross between the now-extinct Old English Bulldog and the Black and Tan Terrier now called the Manchester.

Once they were bred with English White Terriers, these early Bull-and-Terrier breeds developed a cleaner appearance. Cross breeding with the Spanish Pointer, Dalmatian, Greyhound, Foxhound, and Whippet went on to produce a bigger, more elegant-looking dog.

The Standard Bull Terrier is a strongly-built dog. It is muscular and symmetrical in appearance. There is no designated height or weight set for the breed but more of an average.


Bull Terrier Summary
Affection four paws
Cold Tolerance three paws
Ease of Training five paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements four paws
Friendliness : Children five paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements one paw
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability two paws
Watchdog Ability four paws

Some cities and states have restrictions on or ban ownership of Bull Terriers. Do your research for your local laws before you bring your Bull Terrier home.

If you're crazy about Bull Terriers, lots of them have been featured in the movies Toy Story and Babe: Pig in the City. You will like the Bull Terrier for its intelligent look and fiery energy, but you will love it even more for its sweet disposition. Here is a fun-loving creature which enjoys being clownish in behavior. Keen to learn, it is not at all meek and shy.

The Bull-and-Terrier breed combines the tenacity of the Bulldog with the speed and dexterity of the Terrier. From a fierce gladiator of bygone days, it has evolves into a gentler dog fit for the home.

Its courageous, fearless nature only shows when the Bull Terrier comes to the defense of its owner. It being intensely loyal and fiercely protective, you're not to cross this dog that's strongly attached to its master.

Even-tempered as they are, Bull Terriers can sometimes be strong-willed and stubborn as most dogs are. So just train them to be busy and task-oriented where they'll surprise you with their unusual ability to run fast and jump high.

To be well-behaved around other canines, they need early socialization: positive, supervised exposure to other dogs that begins in early puppyhood and continues throughout life. Cats and other furry animals who enter their territory should beware.

Bull Terriers aren't recommended for homes with younger children, but with older kids they're tireless playmates.

Health and Exercise

The Bull Terrier has a life expectency of between 10 and 15 years.

Take note that Bull Terriers love to be busy and occupied, so promise to keep them from being bored and alone most of the time. They thrive not only on a fair amount of exercise but also on a lot of companionship and supervision from the people they have bonded with.

Health-wise, if there's anything you should be on the lookout for, it would be deafness. Have your puppy checked for deafness, because this problem appears to occur in 20% of the white variety and in less than 2% of the colored variety.

Bull Terriers are also predisposed to skin allergies resulting from insect bites. With their hair thin, fine, and light-shedding, all you have to do is supervise them in warm climates and exercise proper dog grooming.

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