The breed with the honor of winning 2006 Westminster Kennel Club’s Best in Show, the well-trained Bull Terrier is a friendly, affectionate, and loyal dog. With their distinct “egg-shaped” head, these active dogs can bring an exciting energy to almost any family. They
were first established by mating a Bulldog with the now-extinct white English Terrier. Interestingly, these
dogs usually bark only when necessary; therefore, when you hear a Bull Terrier barking, it would be wise to pay attention.
|Interesting Breed Facts:
||57th in 2008; with 1,900 registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC).
|First recognized as a breed:
||Though pedigrees for Bull Terriers date to the mid-1800’s, the first breed standard was written in 1935. The current AKC standard was approved
on July 9, 1974.
With a short coat that
highlights their strong, muscular build,
Bull Terriers have an oval head and
a short, tapering tail. Their small,
triangular eyes are sunken and dark.
Their ears are small, thin, and capable
of being held stiffly erect. The AKC
recognizes two color varieties: solid
white with or without colored head
markings; or, colored, which ranges
from solid red or brindle to
a combination with black,
tan, or white.
|#1 preventable health problem:
||Bull Terriers exposed to airborne allergens,
or flea, mosquito, or mite bites can develop
severe skin allergies. Reaction can range
from incessant itching to a wide outbreak
of hives or a rash. As such, veterinarian-recommended
parasite preventive measures,
through either topical solutions and/or oral
medication, may be necessary.
||Notorious chewers with strong
jaws, Bull Terriers need appropriately durable
toys, offered under continuous supervision.
Without a selection of suitable toys, many will
turn to any available household item and
eagerly ingest any pieces, which could result
in an intestinal impaction that may require
surgery to remove.
||Despite their stubborn nature,
Bull Terriers are very playful, intelligent, and
clownish. These traits allow most Bull Terriers
to form a strong bond with their
human families, with whom they
love to play. However, because
of their playful personality most
require consistent obedience
training from a young age to
keep their independent nature
|Biggest challenge to owners:
||Bull Terriers are exciting and energetic.
When combined with their high level
of intelligence, these active dogs can
nose their way into an abundance of
trouble. Therefore, they are best suited
to families who can satisfy their curiosity
and playfulness through continual
interaction, activity, and supervision.