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English Bull Terrier Information

Description

The English Bull Terrier, also known simply as the Bull Terrier, is a strong, muscular and powerful dog in a relatively small package. The coat is very sleek and dense, but without an undercoat. The coat may be any one of a number of colors from pure white through to black, with red, brindle, fawn and tri-color also acceptable. The tail is rather thin and carried level with the back and parallel to the ground. The most distinctive aspect of this breed, aside from it muscular body, is the head. From the top of the skull through to the tip of the nose is almost a straight line, with no noticeable stop. The eyes appear to be rather small for the head, have a distinct almond shape and are close together. The legs are well muscled and the feet are very compact for an overall appearance of strength and stability.

Temperament

The English Bull Terrier is a great dog with the right family, but is not a pet for everyone. They are typically very loving and loyal dogs, bonding strongly with all members of the family. They are rather rambunctious and rough in play so are not recommended for young children. They also cannot tolerate teasing but will do great in a household with older kids that are taught how to interact with the breed. They can be possessive of food, toys and people and need to be highly socialized from a young age. The English Bull Terrier loves to be with people and will not do well when left alone while the family is at work or school. They can become very destructive, particularly with chewing behaviors. The breed is relatively easy to train but can also be stubborn and somewhat willful. They need to have an experienced trainer that can deal with an independent type of dog. The Bull Terrier is not recommended in a home with other pets including dogs as they can be very aggressive and jealous. Neutered and spayed dogs will be less dog-aggressive than unaltered dogs. Typically Bull Terriers tend to get along with neutered or spayed alternate sex Bull Terriers rather than other breeds. 

Grooming & Shedding

The breed is a light shedder most of the year but will shed more during spring and fall. Typically the Bull Terrier can easily be groomed using a slicker brush or a stiff bristle brush. A rubberized grooming mitt is an excellent tool for keeping dead hair removed from the coat.

History

The English Bull Terrier was originally bred to fight bulls in the 1820's. While the lineage included the Bulldog, English Terrier and Spanish Pointer, the dog was not a natural at bull fighting and was quickly converted to a ratter and watch and guard dog. Some lines were used in dog fighting rings where their ferocity was well known. There are actually two sizes of the English Bull Terrier, the Standard and the Miniature. The miniature is smaller than the standard but is essential the same type of dog, measuring only 14 inches (33 cm) and weighing less than 33 pounds (15 kg).

Health Issues

  • Major Concerns: deafness in all white dogs, kidney
  • Minor Concerns: patellar luxation, heart
  • Occasionally seen: lens luxation
  • Suggested tests: heart, urine (kidney), eye, hearing

Characteristics

Height

20-24 inches (51-61 cm)

Weight

45-80 pounds (20-36 kg)

Lifespan

11-14 years

Exercise

Medium

Apartment

Yes

Families

Yes

Young Children

No

Need exercise space

No –regular daily long walks

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