Description

The Bull Terrier is a muscular dog that has a body that is well defined. It has a short, smooth coat that should be either white, brindle, black, fawn, or red in color. A tri-color combination is also acceptable. One of the first things people will notice about the Bull Terrier is its head. The top of the head is nearly flat, and it will extend down to the nose without a stop. The eyes should be small and shaped like almonds, and they should be dark in color. The body should have a circular shape, and the shoulders are strong. The tail should always be carried in a horizontal fashion.

Not suprisingly, the Bull Terrier was first bred in the 19th century to fight bulls.

Also Known As

English Bull Terrier
Standard Bull Terrier

Temperament

While the original Bull Terriers were bred to be powerful fighters, they are now calm, and they are not as aggressive as they used to be. However, the Bull Terrier is still a dog that will fight bravely to defend those it cares about. Despite this, the Bull Terrier is not the ideal guard dog. These dogs love receiving attention, and are excellent family dogs. They thrive off companionship, and will not function well if they are left alone for long periods of time. While they are good with children, owners will want to make sure they are trained and socialized.

Health Problems

Bull Terriers tend to be healthy, but may suffer from a lack of zinc, and this can cause them to die. In addition this, some Bull Terrier pups may be born deaf. Some male Bull Terriers may be highly territorial, and they may also have problems with their kneecaps. The Bull Terrier has a maximum life expectancy of about 12 years.

Exercise

Bull Terriers need good amounts of exercise each day. When owners take them out in the public, they will want to make sure these dogs are kept on a leash at all times, because Bull Terriers may pick fights with other dogs. If they don’t get sufficient amounts of exercise, they can become lazy. While they can live in apartments, they will do best in a small yard.

Special Grooming Needs

The Bull Terrier has a smooth coat that is easy to care for. Owners will want to brush the coat whenever it is needed. These dogs will shed standard amounts of fur, and dead hair can be removed by using a special rubber glove on the coat.