The Bull Terrier breed is truly legendary – these dogs are known all over the world. Over the years of their fighting career, they have earned a reputation as fearless and dangerous animals. Bull Terriers were created specifically for fights in the ring with other dogs, moreover, illegal fights, and therefore ruthless and bloody.
Accordingly, for these purposes a dog with unsurpassed fighting qualities was required. In England, this type of entertainment was especially popular, although it was banned by the authorities. In 1850, John Hicks, a dog connoisseur from Birmingham, set about creating the breed. For this, he crossed a white English terrier, which is now extinct, an English Bulldog, and a little later – even a Dalmatian. Although, if you look at the bull terrier, you can’t say that.
It took John almost 12 years to create a new breed – the first individuals were presented at an exhibition in 1862. We can say that they became carriers of the best qualities inherent in all breeds that took part in their creation. These are excellent endurance, courage, quick reaction, powerful pressure of the jaws, excellent physical shape and habits of an intellectual. Oddly enough.
Another oddity – the dog was to the taste not only of professional owners of fighting dogs, but also of many intelligent people. In particular, among the teaching staff and students of Oxford University, keeping a white bull terrier was prestigious and fashionable. Moreover, at first these dogs were exclusively white, and the first standard of bull terriers also included white individuals. This standard was first drawn up in the late 19th century by the English Kennel Club. By the way, at about the same time the standard was adopted by the American Kennel Club. Bull Terriers with a variety of colors were officially adopted at the beginning of the 20th century.
The Bull Terrier dog has a compact outline, muscular build, proportional and well-knit. The limbs are strong, the tail and ears are now usually not cropped. The head has a non-standard egg shape.
It is widely believed among ordinary people who are not dog experts that the Bull Terrier is a dangerous and inadequate animal. However, free crossing of dogs, often practiced by owners around the world, plays a huge role here. This is also very common in the CIS countries. Accordingly, no one really conducts screening and quality control of dogs, in addition, many owners deliberately instill aggression and fighting qualities in their dogs. And they give offspring.
But if we are talking about a bull terrier with a good pedigree, taken from a kennel with a good reputation, this dog will surprise you with its friendliness, openness and nobility of manners. Just like an English gentleman, such a bull terrier knows how to behave in the family, and knows how to behave in society. The dog requires a high level of physical activity, training, strength training and running. This, of course, is the ideal.
If you are not ready to provide the animal with such activity, but really want this particular dog, at least make sure that it has the opportunity to walk freely on the street. Heavy physical activity can be replaced by active games, but the animal needs to realize its high energy level. These are sociable dogs, they love to be in the company of people, they are strongly attached to their family. They do not like to be alone for a long time.
They treat children well, but very young children and babies are perceived with difficulty, since children at this age scream a lot and still do not know how to behave with a dog, trying to stick a finger in an eye, ear or mouth. They have a normal level of intelligence, while they are very capable students and all their qualities are amenable to development, including the mind.
Do not think that the bull terrier is only a tool for inflicting grievous bodily harm to other dogs and people, this is just a delusion. If you have a subconscious fear of such dogs, it is better to get another breed, as in education you will need firmness and consistency. The Bull Terrier is not recommended for novice owners or timid people.
He needs early socialization, acquaintance with other people, situations, pets, otherwise he may have latent aggression towards other dogs. They can be used for protection, but they will not be suitable as a watchdog for a private house, since in our latitudes they will not be able to live on the street all year round.
The Bull Terrier breed is excellent for training, but requires a confident owner with a balanced character. You should be a calm and consistent coach who knows what he wants, he has a clear plan of action and does not lose his temper over the little things. Your dog needs to see you as a leader who surpasses him in both strength and personality.
Raising a bull terrier should begin from about six months of age, and, you need to be sure to teach the dog basic commands and achieve perfect execution of them, even with the presence of distractions. Undo commands are especially important, which can serve you well if your dog gets into a fight with another dog – no one is safe from this. If you want to train a bull terrier in specialized teams and make it, for example, a security guard, it is better to involve a specialist for this purpose.
A bull terrier dog needs brushing once a week, and that’s enough. The claws are usually trimmed three times a month, and the animal is bathed once or twice a week. Always make sure your pet’s eyes and ears are clean. In cold weather, dress your dog in overalls for a walk.
The Bull Terrier has some health problems like all dogs, including:
- Hereditary nephritis is a severe form of kidney disease in Bull Terriers, often seen at an early age. It is caused by small and undeveloped kidneys or malfunctioning of the kidney filters, resulting in high levels of protein in the urine. Such individuals usually do not live longer than 3 years.
- Deafness in one or both ears is common in whites, and some colored bull terriers may be deaf in one ear.
- Heart disease caused by defects in the structure and function of the heart can lead to heart failure.
- Skin problems are a common problem for bull terriers, especially whites, which have sensitive skin prone to rashes, sores and irritations.
- May be susceptible to contact or inhalation allergies caused by reactions to detergents or other chemicals or airborne allergens such as pollen, dust and mold.
- Lens luxury.
1. There are two types of Bull Terrier: white and colored. They are shown in separate classes at dog shows, but otherwise they are of the same breed.
2. The Colored Bull Terrier named Rufus was the first to win the 2006 Best In Show in Westminster.
3. Bull Terriers have appeared in hundreds of films, from 101 Dalmatians to The Mask and The Wizard of Oz.
4. The only, for today, recognized breed of dogs with triangular eyes – Bull Terrier.
5. In the late 1980s, beer giant Budweiser used a bull terrier in a popular series of television commercials. Spuds MacKenzie is a fictional dog character who was used in a beer advertising campaign.
6. Famed ice hockey coach and Canadian ice hockey commentator Don Cherry received a Bull Terrier from the 1970s Boston Bruins. A dog named Blue has become a celebrity in Canada.
7. President Theodore Roosevelt owned a bull terrier named Pete.
8. Bull Terriers do not bark unless there is a good reason. Therefore, pay attention if your pet barks.
Did you know?
Because of its fun-loving, mischievous personality, the bull terrier is sometimes referred to as a “child in a dog costume.”