BULL TERRIER DOG BREED
The Bull Terrier is the offspring of two dogs: The Bulldog and Old English Terrier with a small admixture of Spanish blood pointer. This breed was developed in the 1830s for the purpose of bull baiting. The Bull Terrier is also called the White Cavalier, due to characteristic colors of the coat. Since then, the role of Bull Terriers has changed. They are guard dogs, hunters and herding dogs.
Height: 20-24 inches Weight: 45-80 pounds Lifespan: 12-16 years
The Bull Terrier is a very active dog, exuberant and very mischievous. Muscular and powerfully built, this is a fearsome looking dog. Surprisingly, the Bull Terrier has a very gentle nature and can be extremely tender. However, without a properly conducted socialization and adequate education, Bull Terriers strive to dominance. This is why this breed needs an experienced master. The Bull Terrier is a very polite dog, docile by nature. Nevertheless, he needs long-term training and a lot of human affection.
Explosive, energetic and very loving, the Bull Terrier is always ready to protect his owner and territory. This is an excellent watchdog and defender. Proper socialization and obedience training will help this dogs to co-exist with other members of the family.
Coat / Care:
The Bull Terrier`s coat should be short, smooth and tight. The hair is always shiny and close fitting to the body. The skin is stretched, without any signs of wrinkles or sagging. Since this dog`s coat is so short, grooming is very simple. The only problem is protection from the cold. Shedding of average intensity usually occurs twice a year. During this period, it is recommended to be clean your pet regularly, using specially designed rubber gloves. In addition, the dog’s ears must be cleaned frequently.
Being very stubborn and independent, the Bull Terrier is not always easy to train. Obedience training and socialization should be started at young age. This will ensure that the dog behaves around other dogs and animals. Because dogs of this breed are characterized by a tendency to leadership, in order to suppress their aggression, you must occupy a dominant position. Although Bull Terriers can be obstinate and somewhat difficult to train, they are very eager to earn the reward and please the owner.
The Bull Terrier is very lively and energetic. His fiery temperament requires a significant amount of training. This will help your pet to be healthy and fit. Keeping in mind the amount of energy that they have, Bull Terriers need plenty of space for exercise. If you keep your Bull Terrier in an apartment, you must take him for long walks, at least twice per day. Make sure not to neglect your pet, because the Bull Terrier can become aggressive.
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