Bull Terrier Overview
This dog breed is essentially a cross between the Bulldog and the Old English Terrier, but there is a bit of Spanish Pointer in the bloodline. The Bull Terrier breed originated in 1830 and was bred to attack bulls in combat sports. By 1850 they had been replaced by the White Cavalier and have since been used for a variety of purposes, including guard dogs, ratters, herders and watchdogs. Bull Terriers excels at all these disciplines.
Bull Terrier Characteristics
This is a lively dog breed that tends to be lazy and quiet at times. They are extremely muscular, powerful and sturdy. This breed has a very sweet nature and is very affectionate. They require more experienced handlers. Without the correct training and socialization, they tend to be somewhat dominant. This is a very polite and naturally obedient breed that thrives on human attention.
Bull Terrier Temperament
Fiery, lively and loving, the Bull Terriers are also extremely protective of their owner and territory. This breed has a fearless and intimidating presence and makes an excellent watch and guard dog. The Bull Terrier is very hardy and sturdy. This breed is very tolerant of children, but should always be supervised, as they can be snippy if overly pestered. With proper socialization and training, the Bull Terrier gets along well with other dogs.
Bull Terrier Care
This dog breed does not require much grooming. An occasional brush with a rubber brush is normally sufficient for the Bull Terrier. This breed is an average seasonal shedder and sheds twice a year.
Bull Terrier Coat
The coat of this breed is short, flat, harsh and somewhat coarse in texture. The hair of this breed is glossy and close to the body. Their skin is taught, never wrinkly or saggy. The short coat makes grooming very simple, but Bull Terriers need protection from the cold.
Bull Terrier Training
This dog breed is somewhat willful and very independent. They can be a challenge to train and obedience classes should be started at an early age to avoid any future problems. Firm handling is essential to overcome dominance issue that could escalate to aggression. Bull Terriers are very keen to please although they can be stubborn.
Bull Terrier Activity
This is a very lively dog breed. The Bull Terrier requires a fair amount of exercise to stay healthy and active. They have an enormous amount of energy and, at a minimum a medium sized yard is best. A long walk, twice a day, if possible, will meet their exercise requirements and prevent any destructive behavior.