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Breeds

Breed Name: Bull Terrier


History

Originating from extinct breed bloodlines such as the English White Terrier and Old English Bulldog, among other breeds such as the Dalmatian, Greyhound, Whippet, the Manchester Terrier and other bloodlines, became the now Bull Terrier we know today. It took many years, and many bloodlines of different breeds to create the now "egg shaped" skull and stocky body of the Bull Terrier. In the 1800s when the Bull Terrier was developed, Bull breeds in general were at an all time high. Either used for popular "Blood Sports" that were not illegal at that time or also commonly used for hunting rats and such that were responsible for hurting farm owners properties. This breed, the Bull Terrier, fell into both those categories when first being created. Sooner than later, people realized this breed wasn't good for "Blood Sports" that were popular at the time, and instead this breed was used for hunting rats and guarding property.

Appearance

Looking unlike any breed that exists today, the Bull Terrier has a commonly nicked-name head shaped known as an "egg head". This oval shaped head oddly forms into a scissor bite with two tall, skinny and pointy triangular ears on top of their head. Built quite small, stocky and low to the ground, this breed is nothing short of solid muscle in appearance. This breed has a very short coat that should always demonstrate a natural shine, and is available in white, white with black markings, black, brindle, red, tan, and tri-color. Both males and females measure 20-24 inches in height and weigh 45-80 pounds.

Temperament

Please note to fully educate yourself about the breed prior to adding one to your family. The Bull Terrier is known for not being the right dog for every one as they are commonly "bull headed" when it comes to their thinking and personality traits, most likely becoming too much for some households. The Bull Terrier requires a firm and confident owner who is consistent and understands the Terrier type breeds. This breed can be an excellent family addition if they are not left inside alone all day while everyone is at work. If the Bull Terrier receives enough physical and mental exercise, they will be obedient, fun, goofy and all around a loyal and loving family member. Positive reinforcement training methods are the only methods recommended for training this breed. This breed requires a longer daily walk as well as other play time activity. Make sure to train your new pup boundaries within your home and rules to follow every day to keep them busy with mentally healthy and accepting jobs during the day. Not recommended for house holds with non canine pets, small children or elderly. This breed does not tolerate the cold well.

Grooming

Daily brushing is recommended and bathe when needed. This breed is an average shedder.

Special Notes

Prone to heart issues, knee issues, kidney failure and skin allergies (as most Terrier breeds are susceptible to). Please fully educate yourself about the Bull Terrier prior to adding one to your family to ensure that this is the correct breed for you so you are able to make a life long commitment to your new addition. A properly installed fence is highly recommended. Do not add this breed to your home unless you are able to provide life long physical and financial care. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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