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BULL TERRIER

Life span: 11-14 Years

Height: 45-55cm (Male); 46-56cm (Female)

Weight: 22-38kg (Male); 20-25kg (Female)

Bull Terrier dog breeds are active, protective, keen and alert. Bull Terrier’s shed much more, and they are not hypoallergenic breeds. You can adopt them and can shake hands with them. Bull Terrier originated from England and was utilized for guard purposes.

Physical Characteristics

Its body is muscular and relatively small, being longer than it is tall. Its tail is relatively short and erect, and its ears are thin and long, also carried erect. Their eyes are brown with a black nose, and they have a characteristic oval shaped head. Their coat is short, straight, and rough to the touch as well as dense. Coat colors can be red, brown, light brown, black, and white. It is mostly known by its white coat.

History

This breed was the result of a crossbreeding in the 1800s between the Bulldog, Old English Terrier, and Spanish Terrier for the purpose of using them as fighting dogs, but were later found more suitable as companions. In 1860, all white dogs became popular, and James Hinks crossbred the, then named, Bull and Terrier with the English Terrier and Dalmatian, in order to produce a more appealing white Bull Terrier. It was used by many when dog fights were still legal, and by the English upper class men as company. Eventually they were known as the “white cavalier” for its ability to protect its owners without need for aggression. Nowadays, it is used mostly as a faithful companion and guard dog.

Personality

This unique breed has a stubborn, yet funny personality that has been described as being child like. It enjoys spending time with its family and is highly protective of them, as well as affectionate. Although they are quite playful, they may not get along well with small children, since it is not very tolerant. It is naturally wary of strangers and should be socialized early on. They may not get along with small animals, whether strange or within the household. They are easy to train and will especially enjoy walking with you wherever you go as a form of exercise.

Health

Bull Terriers are generally healthy, but may suffer from many heart diseases and/or skin problems. They may also suffer from:

Deafness, complete loss of hearing since birth.

Hereditary Nephritis, which is caused by either undeveloped kidneys or a malfunction in the kidney’s filters. It is recognized at an early age, although dogs with this disease do not live much longer than three years old before falling into kidney failure.

Spinning, which is considered a type of seizure, in which the dog will endlessly chase its own tail for hours without thinking about food or water. This is not to be confused with small tail chasing. It has many treatments, but they tend to be more effective on females.

Lens Luxation, in which the ligament that holds the lens eye in place deteriorates, causing it to fall out of place. It can be treated through surgery, but in severe cases the eye might need to be removed.

Care

Their ears should be checked constantly for any dirt to prevent infections, as well as their nails trimmed and teeth brushed. Their coat requires weekly brushing only and an occasional bath. Daily exercise is a must for this breed, and they especially enjoy doing activities with their families. Training can be easy, as long as they find it fun. They need plenty of mental stimulation in order to concentrate during training, but with positive reinforcement and variation, it can be achieved. Early socialization and training are a must for this breed.

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