The Bull Terrier is recognizable for its long head that has a shape that is something like a cross between an egg and a football. They have stocky, well-muscled bodies and they are both powerful and agile. Bull Terriers have short, smooth coats and they come in white or colored. A white Bull Terrier will be all white with possible marking on the head but nowhere else. Colored Bull Terriers can be any color other than solid white, but the coats usually mix colors like black, brown and brindle. Though bred to be fighting dogs, Bull Terriers are actually quite friendly. They can have a bit of a mischievous streak and they can have a tendency to get a little over-exuberant when at play.
Origin of the Bull Terrier
Breeding of the Bull Terrier dates back to the early to mid 19th Century. They were bred by crossing the Bulldog with the Old English Terrier, which is a now-extinct breed of dog. The initial purpose of the Bull Terrier was as a fighting dog, but as dog fighting fell out of fashion, the dogs were later adapted to be a companion or guard dog.
Is a Bull Terrier right for me?
If a Bull Terrier is your choice of breed, you will get a loyal companion that wants to go everywhere his favorite humans go. Proper training and socialization are important for managing this breed and owners should make sure they have enough time to provide the dog with ample exercise and affection.
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