This breed is easily recognizable because of its distinctive shape of the head. Despite his past as gladiators of the fighting ring, nowadays he makes a wonderful companion. Jame Hinks after aimed to produce a “gentleman’s companion” dog rather than a pit-fighter. This breed has high energy levels that come out in bursts and craves total immersion with family time.
This breed was developed in England around 1835 by crossing the white English terrier (now extinct) and a bulldog. The effort was to combine the speed and dexterity of terriers with the tenacity of the Bulldog The result was a medium-sized dog that was later crossed with Spanish pointers in order to increase its size. This breed was selectively bred to hunt down vermin and to engage in bloody sports such as “rat baiting”. In 1860, James Hinks, aimed to create all-white dogs that were referred to as “White Cavaliers” because of their courage but also because of their gentleman traits. This was quite a fashionable pooch, however, because of medical problems associated with the white coat, Ted Lyon along with other breeders, started introducing color in the 20th century by crossing with Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Nowadays, the brindle coat is much cherished.
A famous bull terrier was Patsy Ann, which greeted all the ships that docked in Juneau, Alaska around the 1930s. Tourists loved her and photographed her all the time. Her popularity earned her the title as ” official greeter of Juneau.” Today, a bronze statue erected on on the Juneau wharf in 1992, honors her memory. The breed’s popularity grew in particular after the airing of a Budweiser’s 1980-era commercial starring a bull terrier who went by the name of Spuds Mackenzie. He was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 and is currently categorized under the terrier group.
For a good reason he’s nicknamed “the kid in a dog suit,” this is a friendly, active breed that is meant to entertain with his antics. Life is never boring when owning this breed. His clownish behaviors are more fun to watch than television. He’s very people oriented and does best when he has company. Being shy is very atypical of this breed. When encountering strangers, he is usually not aggressive despite his imposing look. Some specimens though may be territorial and protective. Always keep him on leash, this breed can take off and wander away in search of new adventures or in pursuit of fleeing critters. If he isn’t provided outlets for pent up energy, other than engaging in destructive behaviors, he may even develop obsessions such as tail chasing and spinning in circles. Some bull terriers can be quite vocal grunting and mumbling.
The Ideal Household
This breed needs an owner who keeps him company for a good part of the day. Left alone for too long and bored, he’ll likely try to amuse himself with destructive, annoying behaviors such as chewing, digging and barking. Don’t leave him alone in the yard and forget about him, he wants to be with you. This breed is always busy and “on the go” making him a good candidate for the active family. Because of their stubborn, independent personality, the ideal owner should have some experience in dealing with dogs. These dogs may not do too well in apartments, but if you have time to exercise and provide mental stimulation, they may adapt.
With other dogs, this dog may be aggressive, especially with dogs of the same sex, but this can be curbed a great deal though socialization, training and behavior modification. With other animals, this breed may get along when raised together, but any critters or cats visiting his turf may be at risk. Its not uncommon for them to kill unfamiliar cats. With children, this breed is a bit too boisterous and rough for the younger ones, but with older children they can be wonderful playmates, as long as the kids learn how to handle him with respect.. This breed will not tolerate teasing and some specimens may become possessive when approached while eating or handling a toy.. Bull terriers however may get protective when other children are around, especially if they engage in rowdy play. Use caution. Always supervise any interaction between children and dog.
Bull Terriers stand between 21 to 22 inches at the withers. They can weigh from 45 to 65 pounds.There is also a miniature version of this breed known as the Miniature Bull Terrier which stands 10 to 14 inches at the withers and weigh 25 to 33 pounds. Bull terriers can be solid white with a few marking on the head or colored. The most distinctive feature is its egg-shaped head that when seen by the profile curves gently downwards from the skull to the tip of the Roman nose. This shape is due to the fact that this breed’s characteristic skull which has no indentations causing the dorsal ventral nose bend to be rounded and slope-like. The eyes are small, triangular and sunken. Bull terriers are the only dog breed to have such triangular-shaped eyes. They are very muscular dogs.
This breeds needs consistency, especially when it comes to making rules around the house. Fail to do that, and he’ll craft them on his own. Bull terriers can be strong willed and stubborn at times. Use positive training techniques. This breed as other breeds, needs early socialization. Make sure to introduce him to other dogs from an early age and keep all interactions positive. Teach him to accept visitors to your home. This breed can be difficult to house train. It’s a good idea to polish the leave it and drop it command as these dogs have a Hoover reputation for swallowing stuff which makes them prone to intestinal blockages. Keep him always on leash when out and about as these dogs tend to wander.
.Their short, harsh-to- the -touch coats are low maintenance requiring the occasional brushing. They shed twice a year so make sure to brush them during these times. When they shed they do so heavily. Some people with sensitive skin may have reactions to their harsh hairs.
Please note, some cities have restrictions when it comes to owning this breed. Always check your local laws. You will also need a homeowner’s insurance that will cover the breed.
When it comes to health, this breed is prone to the following conditions: Hereditary Nephritis Deafness,Heart Disease Skin Problems, obsessive tail chasing, Lens luxation.This breed doesn’t thrive in cold climates, his short coat wasn’t meant for that. Keep him warm in the winter by keeping him inside with you and use a sweater for those chilly early morning or evening walks. Keep rawhide, certain toys that can be broken apart away from your bull terrier as these dogs are prone to swallowing things and getting potentially fatal blockages. This breed is prone to skin allergies which can arise from insect bites. The average lifespan is aroun 9-10, but some even can make it up to 15.
Where to get one:
Bull Terrier Club of America Rescue Support Committee
Miniature Bull Terrier Club of America
Big Apple Bull Terrier Rescue
Bull Terrier Club of America