Fun Facts About Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier was bred as a fighting dog

Bull terriers were bred for dogfighting conducted, in the cellar of local taverns or private locations. Bulldogs were crossed with terriers to produce a strong dog, with the fighting spirit of the terrier.

The UK eventually banned pit fighting and using bull terriers for entertainment and betting. The dog became a popular dog to own by the upper class.

Breeders worked on training the dog to be a good companion to the wealthy. James Hinks, an Englishman, is known for turning the Bull Terrier from a fighting dog to a refined breed. The dog’s color was white only at one time. In the 20th century, the dog was bred to have different colored coats.

The new bull terrier arrived in 1862 due to James Hinks, a dog breeder. It is believed that the English White Terrier and the Dalmatian were the breeds used to create the current breed.

At the time, owners in the UK preferred a white coat. The other colors of the breed now are red, black, white, tan, and tri-colored.

Characteristics of Bull Terriers

The Bull Terrier has an odd-shaped head that resembles an egg. The ears are pointed, and it has small eyes. This breed moves with agility, and it is very strong. It was used in the Budweiser commercials in the 1980s and became a popular icon with consumers.

It has been called the kid in the dog suit. This breed does not tolerate long days alone in the house. Bull Terrier likes people and needs plenty of exercise. An owner must train the dog and keep enforcing the rules to provide the discipline needed for the breed.

Bull Terriers are aggressive towards other dogs. Early training and socialization change this behavior. They are suited to a household with older children and adults. Training these dogs requires patience and consistency. They can be destructive when bored. Bull Terriers need a sweater or cover in cold weather.

The ownership of this dog is banned in some cities, states, and provinces. Research the local laws in the area, before buying a Bull Terrier and bringing it into the home. The dog is stubborn and difficult to train. It is not recommended for first-time owners.

Today, the Bull Terrier is a popular family pet. It is affectionate to both adults and children. They do best as the only pet, due to their competitive nature. The dogs weigh from 35 to 75 pounds. At the shoulder, they stand from 12 to 22 inches. There is a Miniature Bull Terrier that weighs 25 to 33 pounds.

Feeding the Bull Terrier

Vets and breeders recommend feeding 1 cup to 4-1/2 cups of food depending on the Bull Terrier’s age. The food should be given in two meals. The dog food should be recommended by the vet or breeder. Measure the food daily, and do not leave it out all day long.

The first ingredient listed should be meat mentioning a specific kind. It should contain dairy, vegetables, and some grain. Some raw and natural brands are manufactured for this breed. Vets and breeders will know the best brands to feed dogs or puppies.

Puppies need food higher in protein with minerals and nutrients for growth. Check with the vet or breeder on the amount, type of food, and how often they should be fed the first six months. Puppies grow in stages, and feeding them is a complex process.

Rawhide chews are safe for dogs, but owners should avoid raw bones. Sometimes, these dogs accidentally swallow the bone part due to their aggressive chewing.

Bull Terriers need less grooming

Bull Terriers have short flat hair and are easy to groom. Grooming this breed once a week is sufficient. Owners can use a curly brush. During their shedding, twice a year, they need daily brushing. They don’t need to be bathed frequently, but they can be washed with dry shampoo.

They need to be taken to a vet for dental care. The vet will suggest that owners brush their teeth twice weekly. Trim their nails once or twice a month with special clippers. A dog groomer can groom and clip the nails for owners preferring a professional service.

Bull Terriers need plenty of exercises

Owners will have to spend time with their Bull Terrier every day. The best exercise is playing frisbee, running and fetching, and visiting a dog park. Walking is not enough of a workout for this very active breed.

If owners have access to a pool or lake, letting the dog swim or chase balls in the water is encouraged.

Training the dog with agility training or weight training can be a good workout for Bull Terriers. Running or jogging is a better workout for the bull terriers than walking. Tug of War with a favorite toy is another popular form of play.

Interesting facts about Bull Terriers

The breed has triangular-shaped eyes. It is the only breed registered with eyes in this shape. Bull Terriers suffer from some obsessive-compulsive behaviors like tail chasing and licking its coat.

The miniature breed is called a Bull Terrie. This breed has appeared in the movies of Oliver, Patton, and Babe. White is the color owners prefer in the UK.

This breed was once called canine gladiators because of their strength and power in dogfighting. They were breed, later on, to have coats with different colors. The breed suffers from hearing loss due to low levels of melanocytes in the inner ear.

In 1835, The Humane Act saved the dogs from being used in fights for entertainment. At the end of the 19th century, the Bull Terrier Club was formed. They were registered as a breed in 1885. Bull Terriers are gentle and fun-loving dogs that enjoy performing stunts. They do not bark unless there is a good reason.

The Bull Terrier gains weight easily. It is important owners feed them properly and provide their pets with plenty of exercise.

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