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Dog Breed : Bull Terrier

Bull Terrier

Terrier group
Ht: 15-22 in
Wt: 35-80 lb

Temperament: fearless, determined, dominant, sweet, loyal, playful, affectionate, active

Origin: Great Britain in the 1800s. This breed was utilized for baiting bulls. They are
not a Pit Bull. They were created from the crossing of the Bulldog and the White English Terrier. It is believed that the Spanish Pointer was added to this mix in order to add on some size. The White English Terrier is no longer around today.

Very sturdy in build, the Bull Terrier is powerful, having a muscular body with a thick neck. This breed has short, erect ears and small, triangular eyes. The Bull Terrier has been compared to a gladiator due to its courage. Their head is oval in shape and their coat is short and smooth. They do shed and require minimal grooming care in order to remove dead hairs. Color: can be white or can come in all colors with or without white markings. Training: early socialization and obedience. They require constant and firm discipline.

The personality of this breed makes it ideally suited to be a guard dog and/or watchdog. They bark in order to sound an alarm. They should be allowed to live and sleep indoors so that they can be with the family. All they want is to be close to you, and when they are, they are extremely happy! Individuals or families that plan to have a dog outdoors the majority of each day should consider another breed. This is because the Bull Terrier will become bored and destructive if left alone for long stretches of time.

They remain playful all the way until 5 - 6 years of age! Puppies less than a year old need to be protected from over-exercise. With their ligaments and joints still forming, any added stress can permanently damage them. Bull Terriers get along best with active individuals/families. They love to be busy. Exercise: requires daily exercise. Can be good with children if raised with them from puppyhood. Children should always be supervised when playing with the Bull Terrier. It may be difficult to get this dog to accept other dogs within the home, unless raised with them from a puppy. Need to raise pets with the Bull Terrier from puppyhood for best results; not good with other pets and they are very aggressive toward other dogs. This is not to say that they can't do well with cats and other dogs, but just to caution potential owners to raise them around other pets and to properly socialize their dogs from an early age. Each dog is a unique individual.
possible health concerns: unilateral or bilateral deafness. Puppies should be BAER tested. This can be done as early as 5 weeks of age; skin allergies, kidney problems, heart disease, patellar luxation, thyroid problems.

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