The Bull Terrier is a loyal, affectionate, loving, and humorous dog. It is strong-willed and, therefore, is not the ideal choice of dog for a first-time dog owner. The ideal owners would be a family that loves horseplay, racing, and games like frisbee. The Bull Terrier has the potential to become a first-class companion dog, but in the wrong hands it can turn out to be a horrid disaster.
- HISTORY/ORIGIN: At one time a ferocious fighter, the Bull Terrier was bred aoround 1830 by crossing the English Bulldog with the now extinct White English Terrier. The aim was to get a lighter, more agile fighting dog. They were successful, but by now the breed has become a polite and obedient dog, with an irresistible sense of humor.
- HEIGHT: 20 – 22 in.
- WEIGHT: WEIGHT: 52 – 62 lbs.
- COLORS: Solid white, fawn, brindle, black, red
- COAT: Short and dense
- TEMPERAMENT: Courageous; good with children when socialized; compatibility with other pets is questionable.
- CARE AND EXERCISE: Brush coat with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when necessary. Rubbing of the coat will keep it shiny and clean. Needs plenty of exercise, keep on a leash when in public. Puppies need early socialization to prevent them from becoming dominant.
- HEALTH ISSUES: Hereditary zinc deficiency. Some puppies are born deaf.
- CATEGORY: Terrier
- REGISTRIES: UCA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 3), KC (GB), UKC
- LIVING ENVIRONMENT: Either Indoor or Outdoor