American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: English Bull Terrier


History

Dating back prior to the 1850's, the English Bull Terrier is believed to be of the Bulldog and English Terrier bloodlines. This breed was used for dog fighting and quickly took the reputation as the "gladiator" in the 1800's. However after this became illegal, the English Bull Terrier quickly became "fashion" pieces as everyone in this time era wanted to have a pure white dog as a companion. Today, none of these issues are worry to this breed, as their popularity is strictly kept down to those who are able to provide proper training and care for this breed as life long companions within the USA.

Appearance

This breed is a medium to large breed dog with males and females weighing anywhere from 39-55 pounds in weight and measuring 20-22 inches in height. Miniature Bull Terriers weigh 25-35 pounds in weight and measure 10-14 inches in height for males and females. Built low to the ground, extremely strong and solid in appearance, the English Bull Terrier can be intimidating in appearance to many. Their long, ovalshaped head is what they are known for, with their muzzle forming after a flat slope on their forehead. This breed generally has a black nose, and two almond shaped eyes that are set within their head, appearing smaller than they are, and available in hazel to black in color. Their tail is short, thick and set low when relaxed. Their single short haired coat is available in white, (please note that the White Bull Terriers are only allowed to have markings on their face, no where else on the body), or "colored bull terrier" which are available in, black, brindle, black and brindle, red, fawn and tri color.

Temperament

This breed is not meant for everyone and we fully recommend those considering this breed to properly educate themselves about the English Bull Terrier before adding one to their family. The English Bull Terrier is known for barking more than other breeds, chasing their own tails as a personality trait, being difficult to potty train and for being very feisty and straight forward. This breed can be extremely sweet and loving towards their owner, however we do not recommend this breed to families with small children, small pets or homes without a set schedule and consistency. This breed requires a firm, confident, persistent owner who is educated about this breed. Early and regular socialization classes as well as obedience courses are fully recommended. For the correct owner and home environment, this breed can excel and truly be a sweet, but determined individual who obeys his owner and protects his territory.

Grooming

This breed has a single layer, short haired coat that does shed daily. Daily brushing and bathing when needed.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the English Bull Terrier prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to provide life long training, physical and financial care to him or her. We recommend a properly fenced in yard for this breed. This breed is prone to kidney issues, deafness, heart problems, skin allergies, rashes and sores, excessive spinning (tail chasing), and eye problems. 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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