(English Bull Terrier, Standard Bull Terrier, English Standard Bull Terrier, English Miniature Bull Terrier) The Bull Terrier is a stout and muscular dog with a well-proportioned, thick-set body. Their shoulders are brawny, their body is round, and their tails are carried horizontally. The breed’s most distinctive feature is their long head that is flat at the top and slopes down to the nose at an even angle. Bull Terriers have no stop and their almond-shaped eyes are small, dark in color, and closely set. Bull Terriers have a short-haired coat that exists in a number of colors including black, fawn, brindle, red, pure white, and tri-color.
The Bull Terrier was initially utilized as a gladiator and fighting dog, but since that time, the breed has become much gentler and more affectionate. If threatened, the Bull Terrier may react, but this breed is no longer used as a guard dog. They are courageous and feisty, but they aren’t aggressive towards people. They love affection and require a great deal of companionship and supervision. Bull Terriers are loyal and obedient, and they make excellent family pets if they are properly socialized and trained. While they love children, Bull Terriers may be too energetic for small children. Bull Terriers can be extremely aggressive towards other dogs, and they don’t live well with other pets.
Bull teriers are also extremely powerful dogs even though they small
Bull terriers are known to be very loving and people-friendly, although they might be stubborn and have got a will of their own.
10 – 24 inches
24 – 80 pounds
Although Bull Terriers are a generally healthy breed, some are prone to zinc deficiency- a potentially life-threatening ailment. Some lines of Bull Terriers are susceptible to deafness and slipped patella (kneecap dislocation). It’s recommended that male Bull Terriers be neutered to prevent an overabundance of testosterone. This breed can be sensitive to fleas and other parasites. Bull Terriers can also get allergies or become overweight. Some lines of this breed may exhibit obsessive compulsive behaviors like constant tail chasing. Bull Terriers have a life span of approximately 10 to 12 years. They average 5 puppies per litter.
Bull Terriers were developed in the 1830s by Bulldog lovers that crossed the Old English Terrier, the Bulldog, and the Spanish Pointer. Bull Terriers were developed when the combative sport involving Bulldogs and bulls was at its height in popularity. The initial motivation for the creation of the Bull Terrier was to create a combat dog that could attack more agilely than the Bulldog. Despite these motivations, the Bull Terrier was not a particularly successful fighting dog. The white-coated Bull Terrier was nicknamed the “White Cavalier” in 1850 and was utilized predominately as a fashionable pet. Since the outlawing of the combative sport, Bull Terriers have been used for a number of purposes including guarding, ratting, herding, and watching.
The Bull Terrier has a short-haired, dense coat that is easy to groom and maintain. An occasional brushing and combing is sufficient. Bull Terriers are average shedders.
Bull Terriers can live happily in a small household or apartment if they are sufficiently exercised. This breed needs rigorous daily exercise because of their inclinations to become overweight and lazy. Bull Terriers prefer warmer climates. They are fairly active indoors and a small yard is sufficient.