The Bull TerrierThe Bull Terrier is also known as: English Bull Terrier
|Group classification: Terrier||Country of origin: England||Date of origin: 19th century|
|Weight (M): 60 - 70 lb||Height (M): 21 - 22"||Life expectancy: 11 - 14 years|
|Weight (F): 50 - 60 lb||Height (F): 21 - 22"|
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General Description of the Bull Terrier
Strong and handsome, the Bull Terrier is a dog of muscular symmetry and sweet disposition. The head is long and deep, curving from nose to the top of the skull; when viewed from the front, the head should resemble an oval. Eyes are close and deep set, small and triangular. Ears are small, erect and close set; teeth meet in a scissors bite. The body is muscular and big boned, though never coarse. The tail is short and carried horizontally. Feet are round, compact and catlike. The Bull Terrier’s coat is short, glossy and harsh to the hand, and the skin should be tight throughout. Color is either solid white with our without markings on the head, or any color other than white (often brindle) with white markings on the head.
Bull Terrier Temperament
The Bull Terrier is a friendly and gentlemanly dog of inquisitive and imaginative temperament. It is always up for a game or a joke, and enjoys being around people. The Bull Terrier is a notoriously stubborn and assertive breed, and as such it may be a bit much to handle for a first time owner. Those with limited dog experience are encouraged to think twice before adopting this dog, since proper obedience training may be difficult. The Bull Terrier is aloof toward other dogs and, consistent with its terrier heritage, enjoys giving chase to small animals; occasionally, a poorly socialized or abused Bull Terrier may behave aggressively toward other dogs. Bull Terriers are usually pretty friendly toward strangers and other pets, especially when raised with them from a young age.
Caring for a Bull Terrier
Taking your Bull Terrier for a long walk or romp in the park every day will prevent hyperactive behavior and promote good health and long life in the dog. Take care that your dog is stimulated both physically and mentally, or you may come home to find your favorite pair of shoes in tatters. The Bull Terrier can adapt to outdoor living in temperate climates, though it prefers living inside. Coat care is easy, and entails little more than an occasional brushing to remove dead hairs. Some white Bull Terriers carry the Dalmatian’s deafness gene. Other health issues in the breed include hereditary neprhitis, cystic kidney disease, renal dysplasia, SAS, mitral stenosis, dilated cardiomyopathy and allergies.
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