BULL TERRIER! 5 Incredible Facts About The BULL TERRIER
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5. UNIQUE EXTERIOR
You’ll never forget the Bull Terrier once you’ve seen him. The most striking part is his muscular body, and the unusual shape of his head. A Bull terrier is quite short; he measures about 21 – 22 inches tall, and weighs about 50 – 70 pounds. He’s well balanced with a beautiful symmetry to his body. The coat is short and easy to groom, the tail long and thicker at the bottom, the ears large and erect. The most notable about him is, like I said, his head and face. Contrary to most other dogs, the Bull terrier’s head looks quite like an egg; it is concave and can, if you want to be mean, be compared to a sheep.
What you’ll also notice is the twinkle in their eyes, the wide smile, and their deep sense of humour and playfulness.
On a more technical side; colour wise, the Bull terrier has many variations which includes their basic colour white, but also black, red, brindle, black brindle, and tan.
4. MENTALITY AND TRAINABILITY
The Bull Terrier is exactly what the name says; a mix between a bull dog and a terrier. This does give a rather special temperament, such as an independent freethinker who prefers fun and games rather than to work. This requires you as the human in your relation to be creative and make the training into a game; do that, and you’ll have a dog that excels. The Bull Terrier can be trained in various activities, both for fun and for serious “real” work. If you can see yourself with your dog in agility, flyball, freestyle, weight pulling, carting, or on the more serious side, working with bomb-detection, search and rescue, service/assistance/service dog, or similar, then this can be the breed for you.
The Bull Terrier is one of the dog worlds clowns. He loves to have fun and will always be a good source to a good laugh. This is the type of dog who has a personality beyond the actual size. They love spending time with their people and enjoys long walks with the family – preferably where they get both physical and mental stimulation.
At home, you won’t find a more loving companion. A Bull terrier will play tirelessly with your children yet be kind and sweet with your guests. With a Bull terrier in the house, you’ll never need to worry about unwanted guests because he will protect his family with everything he’s got.
Differently from many other bulls, the Bull terrier doesn’t do very well in cold weather. Therefore, it may be a good idea to put on a shirt or other kind of warm cover on your Bull terrier during the coldest months of the year.
Other than that, I wish I could say that the Bull terrier is a healthy breed, but I’m not going to lie to you. There are issues you should be aware of and keep an eye out for when choosing a breeder. It’s not very likely that your dog will develop any of the following conditions, but it’s always a good idea to be prepared. Knowledge is power.
It is recommended that breeders test their breeding stock of these things, since this is the problems that can arise within the breed;
BAER testing (hearing)
Skin problems such as rash, sores and irritations
2. BULL TERRIER AND DOG FIGHTING
The Bull terrier is one of the breeds that looks as if he was about to go ballistic and start fighting at any sign of provocation. Nothing could be further from the truth. Looking back at history, their first use was as ratters, herders and guard dogs. It wasn’t until later they were used in dog fighting rings, but when dog fighting was forbidden, obviously they went back to being the well loved family companion they are today.
If you want to know more of the history of the Bull terrier, please be patient and come back, because we have a video of just that coming up in a couple of weeks.
THE PERFECT PERSON FOR A BULL TERRIER
Being both a bull and a terrier, the Bull terrier can be quite a difficult dog to raise. For this reason, it’s a good idea if you have some knowledge of raising a dog and how to be that awesome, calm and consistent leader we talk so much about here at Fenrir. A Bull terrier can be pushy and more energetic than a first-time or, for that matter, a more timid person may expect and it’s easy to be overwhelmed. That being said; of course you can have a Bull terrier no matter of your own personality, but be aware that you may have trouble creating that perfect canine companion you imagined.
A Bull terrier does not do well on his own. They easily get bored, and they need to spend lots and lots of time with their family. If you know you work a lot and need to leave your dog at home more than not, you should consider another breed.
For a Bull terrier not to be bored, you’ll also need to be quite active. A life on the couch is not a life for a Bull terrier.
If you have kids, we recommend they are older – at least 8 years old, since the Bull terrier is quite rough and rambunctious to do well with toddlers and younger children. But when the children are old and big enough, they will have the time of their lives with your Bull terrier.