The Bull Terrier is a medium-sized muscular dog with a short coat that belongs to the Terrier group, originally used to hunt rats, badgers, otters and foxes among others. It has a characteristically down faced, egg-shaped head that distinguishes it from most terriers. Viewed from the side, the head curves gently downwards from the centre of the skull to the black nose. The teeth form a regular and complete scissors bite. The eyes are triangular and narrow, placed obliquely on the head with a piercing wink and either black in colour or dark brown. It has thin, stiffly erect ears that point straight upward. The head is supported by a very muscular neck. It has a well-rounded body with the rib area lower to the ground than the belly, a broad chest, straight forelegs, muscular hind legs and round, compact feet. The tail is set on low and carried horizontally, thick at the root and tapers to a fine point. The coat is short, flat and course, fitting tightly around the dog’s body. It comes in pure white, brindle, black, red, fawn and tricolour. Males are between 53-56 cm in height from withers while females are 53-56 cm in height. Dogs weigh 25-29 kg while bitches weigh 20-25 kg.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The “Bull and Terrier” was developed in Victorian England during the early 19th century from a mix of the extinct Old English Bulldog and Old English Terrier. Its original use was to help in the task of vermin control but also found its way into the popular sport of badger baiting and dog fighting. This mixture of the bulldog and terriers were prized winners of the sport, so a lot of breeders began to breed bulldogs with terriers to produce more winning lines. Despite this, no one ever attempted to preserve the breed and create a standard because performance was more valued than aesthetic. Then in the 1860s, Birmingham breeder James Hinks started breeding the Bull and Terrier with his prized white Old English Bulldog, English White Terrier and the Dalmatian to produce a dog with more balance of substance and aesthetic. One of the litter was a white female named “Puss” who is regarded as the earliest example of the modern-day breed. Test breeding continued on to refine the Bull Terrier even more, using crosses of Greyhound, Spanish Pointer and Fox Hound to name a few plus perhaps the Borzoi or Smooth Coated Collie to reduce the stop. It was only in 1917 that the true modern Bull Terrier (with no stop) appeared as we know it today which was named “Lord Gladiator”. It was also in the early 1900s that coloured Bull Terriers were introduced using a mix of Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
The Bull Terrier can be a bit stubborn but particularly good with people. It has an even temperament and loves its family and adores children. It loves to be cuddled and it loves to play and watch over children. It is generally friendly with other dogs but it has a tendency to be territorial with other dogs. It is described as a brave, spirited and fun-loving breed which makes it a wonderful addition to the family. It shares the same level of temperament with that of the Golden Retriever, according to a study conducted in 2008 by the Institute for Animal Welfare and Behaviour in Hanover, Germany.
The breed has a stubborn streak and is not suitable for a first-time or inexperienced dog owner, but early socialisation can correct this issue. Letting a puppy Bull Terrier meet as many people and good-tempered dogs as possible will make him a well-balanced dog when he becomes an adult. Train a puppy to a lead at an early age. A gentle training with positive reinforcement is the best for this breed.
This breed has a short flat coat that sheds all year long. Weekly grooming is not required but check the ears regularly and cleaning them as necessary to avoid ear infections. Use a hypo-allergenic shampoo when bathing the dog to prevent the onset of allergies caused by skin sensitivity to chemicals. Use hydrating spray in between baths to control flaking and dander particularly during summer.
There are few hereditary health issues associated with the Bull Terrier. Among these few include deafness, which has been with the breed since its inception; kidney failure which may appear in the dog’s adult life that causes death; varying degrees of heart diseases such as mitral valve insufficiency and heart attacks. Canine patellar luxation is also an issue as well as certain skin allergies.
Daily long walks of about 1.5 to 2 km is sufficient exercise for the Bull Terrier. A large fenced yard is also an ideal exercise ground for the breed. If you live near the beach, the Bull Terrier can also get exercise by swimming or simply running along the shoreline. Dog parks are also great places to exercise the Bull Terrier.
Being a lovable and playful breed, it is generally good with older children, but it can prove too strong for a little child. The Bull Terrier can sometimes get excited and do the bull run (known as “freaking” or “hucklebutting” in the US) where it literally runs in full speed and bounces off the wall then continuing on to run at full speed again. As with other pets, it can sometimes display dominance over other dogs but proper and early socialisation can curtail this behaviour.