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Bull Terrier

Knows how to use his force! (other names: English Bull Terrier, Standard Bull Terrier)

Bull Terrier
origin:Great Britain
date origin:19th century
life expectancy:10 to 12 years
classification:Terrier
height:53 to 56 cm
weight:24 to 28 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Difficultclimate: Temperatefeeding: Mediumsize: Small-Medium
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History [ edit ]

It´s believed that Napoleon, Charlemagne, Thomas Jefferson and LafayThe Bull Terrier was bred in the 1830s, by crossing the English Bulldog and the Old English Terrier. Originally the breed was called Bull and Terrier and was used in dog fighting. With the decrease of this activity popularity, breeders started to improve the aesthetic side of this dog. James Hinks crossed the Bull and Terrier with the White English Terrier and created an all white dog that caught everyone’s eyes. However, by breeding an all-white dog, all the health related problems that occur in dogs of this color were also promoted, like deafness, heart conditions, etc. The dogs were nicknamed “White Cavalier” because they wouldn’t start a fight they simply defended their owners of any threatening situation.

At the turn of the 19th century, the Bull Terrier was crossed with the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which opened a new color range for the breed. However, the white variety was always the favored one, even in expositions.

The miniature version of the Bull Terrier was bred from small specimens of the breed since the 19th century as well.
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Temperament [ edit ]

Playful and active, the Bull Terrier makes a wonderful pet. He is not a sociable dog, which makes him perfect as a guard dog and watchdog as well. The Bull Terrier is difficult to train: he is intelligent but willful. Because of the combination of this traits: suspiciousness of strangers, not getting along with other animals and the difficulty to train him, the Bull Terrier isn´t a dog for novice owners. Although a gentle breed, we can´t forget that for a long time, they were bred to fight. This doens´t mean that they just go around attacking people, but they do react with aggressiveness when provoked. Socialization at early age and training are a must.

The Bull Terriers are clownish and affectionate dogs that get attached to their family. They don´t like to left alone for long periods of time and if so they may get destructive.

The Bull Terrier needs plenty of exercise, but it´s not advisable to unleash him, since he will get into fights with other dogs. He will do well in an apartment, but a house with a yard is preferable. 
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General appearance [ edit ]

Strong and muscular, with no height or weight established as desirable, the Bull Terrier is however a small to medium sized dog.

His most distinctive trait is the egg-shaped head, with no stop, small and sunken eyes and a bended downward nose. The ears are small and placed closed together on the top of the head.

The body of these dogs is longer than tall and has a broad chest. The tail is short and tapering to the point. It should be carried horizontally.

The Bull Terrier´s coat should be flat, harsh and short. It can present itself in all white, being acceptable markings on the head, or colored, being brindle the preferred one for the AKC.
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Health [ edit ]

The major health concerns in the White Bull Terriers are linked to the gene that gives him that coloration: white dogs are more prone to deafness.

It´s not unusual for the Bull Terriers to have kidney related problems.

The grooming is minimal in this breed. 
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