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Bull Terrier Traits

Bull Terrier

Description: The Bull Terrier when properly trained tends to be friendly and has a good temperament. Known for their sense of humor the Bull Terrier is an outgoing dog with a dominant nature who needs firm handling by their owner. The Bull Terrier is a tenacious fighter. The Bull Terrier is most often dog-aggressive and has a high prey drive towards small animals such as cats.

Other Names: English Bull Terrier

Height: 21 - 22 inches
Weight: 52 - 62 lbs.

Colors: Pure white, brindle, black, red, fawn and tri-colored.
Coat: Short and flat.

Temperament: The Bull Terrier is fearless, determined.
With Children: Yes, if properly socialized and supervised.
With Pets: Needs to be properly socialized and supervised, but dog-aggressiveness is prevalent in some lines.
Special Skills: Family pet.

Watch-dog: Very High, looks are tremendous deterrent.
Guard-dog: High

Care and Training: A Bull Terrier coat should be brushed with a firm bristle brush. Bathe only when necessary. Rubbing of the Bull Terrier coat will keep it shiny and clean. A Bull Terrier needs plenty of exercise. The Bull Terrier should be kept on a leash when in public. Puppies need early socialization to prevent them from becoming dominant.
Learning Rate: Medium, smart, independent thinker.

Activity: High
Living Environment: Indoor-outdoor dog that does best with a fenced yard and plenty of play outlets.

Health Issues: Hereditary zinc deficiency. Some puppies are born deaf.

Life Span: 10 - 14 Years
Litter Size:
4 - 8

Country of Origin: Great Britain
History: The Bull Terrier was crossed with the old English Bulldog and terriers early in the 19th century. At this time they were a lighter more agile dog who was used to bait bulls, dog fighting and to tackle vermin. The Bull Terrier is prized for their courage, agility and speed.

First Registered by the AKC: 1885
AKC Group: Terrier
Class: Terrier
Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 3), KC (GB), UKC

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