Saturday, May 1, 2010

Breed of the Month--Bull Terrier

Bull Terrier

Color:  Two types: 1) White with markings on head, 2) Colors:  brindle, fawn, red, tricolor.
Height:  20-24 inches
Weight:  45-80 lbs
Life Span:  10-12 years

Breed Health Concerns:  Allergies, mitral dysplasia, zinc deficiency, congenital deafness, patellar luxation, familial nephropathy.

Coat:  Flat, short, glossy, harsh.
Country of Origin:  England

Visit the American Kennel Club for breed standards and more information.

The Bull Terrier breed was established by Englishman James Hinks in the 1850s by crossing a Bulldog with the white English Terrier (now extinct).  The Bull Terrier was bred for agility, tenacity, and endurance.  Hink bred only white dogs, calling them "the White Cavalier."  The modern Bull Terrier may include some other breeds such as the Dalmatian or Greyhound.  The egg-shaped head of the Bull Terrier makes it easily recognizable.

The Bull Terrier enjoys as much time as possible with his family, but requires a great deal of regular mental and physical stimulation.  The Bull Terrier is playful and charming, but needs a great deal of good positive socialization.

The Bull Terrier is a highly energetic breed.  Theses dogs need a LOT of daily exercise, otherwise they tend to engage in destructive behaviors.  Because the breed is so playful, other dogs may find them intimidating, leading to rough play.  Be sure to always supervise your Bull Terrier around other dogs and be sure to socialize them.

The Bull Terrier is a moderate shedder, but an occasional rub with the hound glove will keep him looking his best.

The most important aspect of training a Bull Terrier is proper socialization.  The Bull Terrier's instincts are to protect and to play, and this is a strong breed.  An owner of the Bull Terrier must be able to take proper leadership using positive reinforcement training.  Training for this breed must be firm but not harsh.

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