The Bull Terrier (also called the “English Bull Terrier” and nicknamed the “Bullie” or “Gladiator”) is a medium-sized dog. They usually have a white coat (though many other colors are common) and feature an imposing egg-shaped head and triangular eyes. Their love for fun and high demand for attention and exercise make the Bull Terrier a suitable breed for active and devoted owners or for those who take part in competitive agility.
Origins Of The Bull Terrier
The Bull Terrier is known to have come from England during the early 1800s and was bred by bull baiting and dog fighting enthusiasts with the function of being a champion fighting dog – even now they are aggressive towards other dogs and do not do well living together. They are assumed to be the consequence of crossing the Bulldog with various terriers and the Dalmatian.
Average Size Of The Bull Terrier
Bull Terriers are classified as a medium-sized breed of dog. The recommended standard size for the Bull Terrier male and female is 21-22 inches high from paw to shoulder with a weight of 50-70 pounds. The breed also comes in a miniature size with a height of 10-14 inches tall and a weight of 24-33 pounds.
Temperament Of The Bull Terrier
The Bull Terrier is legendary for their playful, mischievous and often aggressive nature when around other dogs. They are usually accommodating with strangers but can be protective of their family and territory, which often means they are fairly suitable as a guard dog.
The Bull Terrier is not known to be extremely intelligent – placing 66th in comparison with other dogs in terms of their capability to be trained obedience commands.
They are recognized to be too energetic for most small children and those who aren’t able to demonstrate some leadership – making them not the best choice as a family pet. The male Bull Terrier is not usually well-matched with other animals such as other dogs and smaller animals like cats, rabbits or guinea pigs and may become quite aggressive – though the female Bull Terrier can sometimes accept them if properly socialized.
Living Requirements Of The Bull Terrier
The Bull Terrier thrives with a small yard to provide them with enough space, but they can be suitable for life in an apartment so long as they are exercised on a regular basis. They prefer warmer climates, and they will be uncomfortable if it gets too cold due to the shortness of their coat – for the same reason they will often require sunscreen when venturing outdoors.
Health & Life Expectancy Of The Bull Terrier
Like the majority of medium-sized dogs, the Bull Terrier is commonly longer-lived with a life expectancy of 11-14 years. The largest health concern for Bull Terriers is traditionally known as deafness – which occurs in around 20% of white Bull Terriers. They can also be prone to conditions that include skin allergies caused by insect bites such as fleas or mosquitos and occasional heart defects, but all in all they are a fairly healthy breed.
Exercise Needs Of The Bull Terrier
The Bull Terrier takes pleasure from pursuits such as being given daily mental stimulation, going for a run or simply clowning around. They have a high amount of energy and this calls for exercise each day in the shape of long walks to stop destructive behavior or depression.