Bull Terrier Dog Breed Profile Information

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Description: The Bull Terrier is a strong, muscular, medium to large sized dog. This dog will be found to be 20 to 24 inches at the withers and will weigh from 45 to 80 pounds.
The head of the Bullterrier makes it instantly recognizable,as it is egg shaped when viewed from the front and there is no stop. The short, hard coat is found in either a white or colored form, which will find the coat with black, red, brindle, or fawn with white. This terrier has a life span of around 10 to 12 years. It is also called the English Bull Terrier or the Standard Bullterrier.

History: The Bull Terrier was bred originally to take part in the 'sport' of bull baiting. As the devotees of bull baiting wanted a more agile dog than the rather ponderous Bulldog, this dog was bred to the English Terrier and Spanish Pointer. As a contender in the bull baiting ring, however, the Bullterrier was a flop. It was used to attacking animals tied to a post, and did not do well with free contestants. However, the dog had attracted the attention of quite a few people and was kept on as a destroyer of vermin and companion dog.

Temperament: The Bull Terrier has had most of the aggression bred out of it and is now a very loving and affectionate dog. This dog becomes extremely attached to its human family and wants to be with them at all times. The Bull Terrier will suffer if away from them for long periods. This is a very playful dog, even something of a clown, and loves being with children. The exuberance of the Bull Terrier may be too much for small children, however. This terrier does need to have an owner who can display leadership.

Health Issues: The Bull Terrier is a breed that shows more deafness than usual in its bloodlines. The white dogs are especially susceptible to this. Dislocation of the kneecap is fairly common in this breed as well. This terrier can also suffer from obsessive compulsive disorders where the dog will lick or chew or scratch for hours unless stopped. This can usually be controlled medically. Zinc deficiency can also cause serious problems in this breed.

Grooming: As the Bull Terrier has very short hair, it is easy to groom. A weekly brushing will keep the coat in excellent shape. Check the ears and eyes occasionally for irritants and make sure the nails stay short. Running a chamois cloth over the dog's coat after a brushing will give it a very nice shine.

Living Conditions: Not only must the Bull Terrier be considered an inside dog because of its short coat, but also because of its strong attachment to its family. This dog will be very unhappy if kept out of family activities, and behavioral problems may arise if this terrier does not get enough attention. The Bullterrier can live in an apartment setting, as it is fairly active indoors. It will appreciate long walks or jogging alongside your bicycle.

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