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.

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Fast Facts

Terrier
11 - 14 years
England
19th century
60 - 70 lb
50 - 60 lb
21 - 22"
21 - 22"
Bul Terrier, Bull Terier or Bullterrier.
English Bull Terrier

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.

Bull Terrier History

A Brief History of the Bull Terrier

Throughout the long and bloody history of dog fighting, aficionados of the sport have sought to create the ultimate dog gladiator....

Such was the case in 1835, when breeders crossed the Bulldog with the now extinct Old English Terrier to create what was then called the “Bull and Terrier.” Subsequent crosses with the Spanish Pointer added size and increased the breed’s value as a pit fighter. As time passed, dog fighting became less popular and dog shows were on the rise, and breeders therefore set out to improve the appearance of the breed. In 1860, James Hinks crossed the “Bull and Terrier” with the White English Terrier and Dalmatian, creating an all-white dog known as the Bull Terrier that was taken up immediately by young gentlemen of the day. These refined dogs were known to never pick a fight with dog or man, but to defend themselves and their masters ardently if challenged, and were thus given the nickname “White Cavalier.” The Bull Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885, though at the time the breed standard specified that the only color acceptable in the breed was white. By 1900, crosses with the Staffordshire Bull Terrier created a colored variety of the Bull Terrier; though initially scorned by breeders, the dog was eventually accepted and brought into the AKC standard in 1936. The Bull Terrier’s considerable success in television and cinema puts it in the same league as the Jack Russell Terrier, German Shepherd and Collie in terms of on screen presence. The best known Bull Terrier is Spuds MacKenzie, who appeared in one of Budweiser’s most popular advertising campaigns during the late 1980s.