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Bull Terrier

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Muscle-ripped and robust, don’t let their tough guy exterior fool you; Bull Terriers are affable, joyful dogs with a mischievous personality.

If you are looking for an energetic and puppy-like pet that is sure to entertain the household perhaps consider a Bull Terrier.

Where I'm From

Bull Terriers originate from a number of dog breeds that were used as fighting dogs or for vermin control in England. The breed was further refined in the mid 1800s, believed to be a mix between the Old English Bulldog, Old English Terrier (extinct) and Manchester Terrier. Other breeds such as the English White Terrier (extinct), Dalmatian, Greyhound, Whippet and others were used to further improve the breed.

The dogs became popular more for looks than their ability to fight and were recognised as a breed in the early 20th century. At first a gentlemen’s dog, Bull Terriers have since become much-loved family pets.

What I Look Like

With a face only a mother or true fan can love, Bull Terriers have an unusually long, triangular snout, small eyes and pointy, upstanding ears on an egg-shaped head. Their medium-sized, stout bodies are covered in a short white, fawn, brindle and white or black and white coat. Overall their muscular, uncommon appearance gives them somewhat of a brawly look.

How I Act

Bull Terriers generally have sweet and affable natures as well as being very lively with big personalities. They can be puppy-like until they are well into maturity, which makes them great fun to have around but also a challenging pet. They can be good, energetic playmates for older children but are not suited for younger ones due to their rambunctious natures. Bull Terriers can be wary of other children that are not from their own “family” and other dogs. You also shouldn’t leave them with the cat or other small animals!

Bull Terriers can be stubborn dogs that require firm, consistent training from a young age to be manageable. It is very important to socialise these dogs well early on so they are comfortable with new people and other dogs. Good obedience training and socialisation should ensure a well-adjusted pet.

Bull Terriers are energetic and smart dogs that need to be engaged in body and mind in order to stay in good shape. They require daily exercise of 30-60 minutes, which can include long walks, playing go fetch or taking part in dog agility training.

Looking After Me

Bull Terriers are moderate eaters and need a high-quality dry dog food meal twice a day as per packaging instructions.

Bull Terriers have short and dense coats that do not need a lot of grooming. Though they do shed they only require a weekly brush down increasing to daily brushing during moulting seasons. They only require baths infrequently and can also be wiped down with a wet towel if they get dirty.

They don’t like the cold and may need a doggie jacket to stay warm in cooler months. They're people dogs and should be not left to their own devices for prolonged periods when they could become bored and destructive.

Bull Terriers should be kept on a leash when outdoors to prevent curiosity leading them astray or wandering off in pursuit of something interesting.

They're a hardy breed but can still be affected by a number of health ailments including kidney or heart disease, deafness, skin problems (most common in sensitive white dogs), eyes issues or behavioural problems such as tail chasing.

It is advisable to check the temperament and medical history of a puppy’s parents and view veterinarian clearance certificates to ensure you get a healthy dog though not every ailment can be predicted. Be very wary of uncertified backyard breeders.

Bull Terriers live on average for 10-15 years.

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