Breeding group : Terrier
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GENERALBreed group: Terrier Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Agility, Obedience, Tricks, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 45-80 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black & White, Brown & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: About 10-12 years Rarity: Common Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Not good for cold climate
The Bull Terrier originated in England and were bred for fighting bulls but later became a companion breed. They are a mixture of the English Bulldog, Spanish Pointer and English Terrier resulting in a muscular, agile dog. There are 2 types of Bull Terrier, the Standard and the Miniature. They are identical except for their height and weight but have the same personality and characteristic traits. Although this breed was initially bred to fight, studies were done on their temperament in all scenarios and they ranked higher in comparison to all breeds. This breed is a muscular, solid dog that has very short, hard fur. They have a distinctive oval shaped muzzle and a large square skull. The Bull Terrier?s ears are large and pricked upwards while their body is wide and stout. Their tail is slender and has a slight curve to it. Overall this dog has an intimidating look but their personality is completely opposite! The Bull Terrier is an animated, playful puppy at heart, but they also have a courageous protective side to them. These dogs are extremely tolerant of children and have an intense affection for their owners. Though they have a 'tough dog' reputation, anybody who has actually met one of these dogs knows exactly that they are big furry babies that thrive on attention and love. They are goofy dogs that have a sense of humor and can entertain themselves and their owners. The Bull Terrier has a charming personality that is truly one of a kind.
The Bull Terrier comes in solid white, brindle, fawn, red, tricolour and black. Most commonly seen are the solid white and brindle colouring.
This breed has a very short, hard textured coat that will need very minimal grooming. Weekly brushing and baths given roughly every 1-2 months will be perfect to keep this dogs coat looking great!
This breed has an outgoing and happy personality that will make them great as family pets. They adore children and will make a gentle, trustworthy companion. These dogs will need to be socialized as puppies around other dogs and small animals to ensure they can be comfortable around these as adults. For the most part the Bull Terrier will get along with other dogs but usually problems occur with dogs of the same sex. They can be protective especially when their owners are near but are not the first to fight. The Bull Terrier is an excellent breed to own but is not for owners with little or no experience raising dogs. They are stubborn and can be more difficult to train and will need a master that is comfortable with dogs of this caliber. This breed is well behaved and are amusing to own.
The Bull Terrier will be a very low maintenance breed when it comes to grooming. Brushing them once per week will be sufficient and bathing when the owner feels it necessary, is all this breed needs to have great looking coat! These dogs are prone to luxating patella's, deafness, and obesity. They are a generally healthy breed but some lines may show signs of OCD so when looking to own a Bull Terrier, have the parents medical history checked before you decide to buy!
This breed will need an owner that is strict, firm, consistent and willing to put in hard work and discipline. They are very smart dogs but have a stubborn attitude at times that cannot be ignored or overlooked as they will adjust to their own way of living which will lead to problems in the future. Gentle methods are always implied but consistency and repetition are the keys to training. As with most dogs, short training sessions that are made enjoyable will encourage these dogs to want to learn and training will come much easier when this mental obstacle is acknowledged.
The Bull Terrier will need long walks every day to ensure they are getting the proper amount of exercise. They have a tendency to gain weight and become lazy if they're not exercised enough. Trips to a dog park will be great so they can play and also have time of their own to run or explore the new territory. The Bull Terrier will do well in an apartment if they get their daily exercise. A backyard would be perfect for these dogs so they can roam around in an outside environment at home.