These dogs were bred in England in 1800s when sports lovers wanted to have a canine which would attack the bull in an agile manner. They cross bred the Old English Terrier, Spanish Pointer and Bulldog to create the Bull Terrier breed. However, the bull baiting sport buffs were not impressed with their creation as these breeds did not fight the bulls successfully. Later the white coated variant of these dogs known as White Cavalier were bred in 1860 as they became the favourite pets of nobles. The Bull Terriers were bred in different shades later by cross breeding with Brindle Staffordshire. AKC recognized the Bull Terrier breed formally in 1885.
The Bull Terrier dogs are highly extrovert as they are always ready to learn new tricks or games. It is rare to find a Bull Terrier that is shy or afraid of something. They are courageous and can defend their family by resisting their intruders. However, they can be somewhat aggressive with other animals.
- Activity level: 5/5 (highly energetic)
- Intelligence level: 5/5 (very intelligent, quick learners)
- Curiosity: 5/5 (show high levels of curiosity)
- Friendliness: 4/5 (friendly with family members, but not with other animals)
- Vocal: 4/5 (likes to bark loudly)
Bull Terriers are medium-sized dogs and have a symmetrical appearance with a strongly built body, draped by a flat and short coat which looks muscular and tough. They are very active and have a keen expression which can make kids love them more. They are available in two varieties - white and coloured.
- Fur: The coat has flat and short hair with a slight glossy look. It has a harsh texture and the skin has a tight look.
- Eyes: Bull Terriers have distinct looking eyes in the shape of an almond and their small eyes have a dark colour.
- Body structure: It has a strongly built muscular body with a strong and rounded back and an oval shaped head that makes the Bull Terrier look different from the other dogs.
- Facial features: The face of the Bull Terriers has a determined and keen expression which can look even more menacing if they come across intruders.
- Weight: The male Bull Terriers weighs anywhere between 60 kgs to 70 kgs while the female dogs weigh between 50 kgs to 60 kgs.
Bull Terriers have an average lifespan of 11 years to 14 years. Common ailments include deafness in one or both ears and hereditary nephritis, a severe kidney disease. Some of these dogs might also suffer from medical conditions like patellar luxation and face minor complications like kidney failure, allergies, heart issues etc. The vet might suggest various tests to diagnose thyroid, urine protein, creatinine ratio, hearing and cardiac problems.
Refrain from overfeeding your pet Bull Terrier as it might become overweight. If you have an apartment home, then make sure your pet dog is well exercised with regular walks and play time. Make sure his diet has zinc in moderate quantities and the dog feed has low calories. These dogs require minimal brushing, occasional baths and need regular nail trimmings.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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