BULL TERRIER DESCRIPTION

BULL TERRIER DESCRIPTION
Anciently known as the canine world gladiator, this white Bull Terrier proudly shows off its impressive muscles.

The colored Bull Terrier (here bristle), has a short and rough coat.
The Bull Terrier’s trait is its head, which should not be coarse, but with an intelligent expression. The head is long, strong and deep in all its extension to the tip of the muzzle; it has a full face that should be oval from a profile, without sunken areas. The head should be symmetrical to the dog’s body, and not too large. The neck is long, arched and clean; the chest, wide and very deep; the body, well rounded, with a wide thorax, a short and strong back. The limbs, strong boned, but never coarse; the tail is short and low inserted, ending in a tip. The breed is divided in two varieties: white and color. In the white, color patches are admitted in the head, but not elsewhere, and skin pigmentation should be correct; the color variety should predominate over the white. If equal in other points, it should have preference. The black bristles, red, golden and tricolor are admitted. A spattered or patched white coat is a flaw. Blue and liver are disqualified. The coat is short, straight and rough to the touch, shiny in appearance. Traditionally the breed standard doesn’t admit size limits for the Bull Terrier, since the guideline is “the maximum size that the dog’s substance allows according to its quality and sex”. However, as a reference (and compared to the Miniature Bull Terrier), in average the Bull Terrier stands at around 56 cm to the withers, and weighs about 18 kg. The miniature is max. 35.5 cm.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR
A fun size watch dog, the Bull Terrier stands out in compact potency and skill.
Sweet natured gladiator, the fierce Bull Terrier is all heart. According to owners, this dog is a vigorous guardian, more inspired by family love and its territorial instincts, than by its natural fighting desire. The Bull Terrier is popular amongst people living in flats and seeking a guardian dog, since it is the smallest size we can wish for in a watch dog. Perhaps it is not the brightest dog, and somewhat stubborn at times, which doesn’t prevent it from being a considerably balanced breed and children lover. Firm education is necessary from the first day to achieve good behavior, especially if the dog must coexist with other animals. It is naturally aggressive to other dominant dogs.
 
DEVELOPMENT
The Bull Terrier’s head is unique in the dog world: full faced, oval profile, strong and deep to the tip of the muzzle.
 
A Bull Terrier puppy weighs between 280 and 400 g at birth. Removing dewclaws is optional, the tail should never be docked, nor the ears cropped. These should rise on their own, although teething and other physical demands may prevent it. It can be helped raise the ears through several means, and the breeder can inform about these techniques. The Bull Terrier grows without problems, and reaches maximum height after a year, although it continues developing substance during the following year. Appetite will rarely be a problem, and the owner should watch overfeeding and obesity. Dominance will emerge during the adolescence, which should be channeled toward proper behavior. Since temperament is hereditary at least in part, is advisable to prove character tests within the genealogy as much as possible, and the owner should enroll the puppy to a basic puppy school level, etc.
 
HEALTH
Since it has never reached excessive popularity and practically has escaped irresponsible breeder’s hands, the Bull Terrier has few health problems. Deafness is the most serious anomaly that affects the breed, especially the white variety. The buyer should insist on a veterinarian certificate. Hernias, mostly umbilical, and a tail anomaly (which is spotted by a peeled patch close to the base of the tail) affect the breed, as well as acne and acrodermatitis (a hereditary and deadly skin disease that lightens the affected puppy’s color, with infections in the face and feet, dying after 18 months). Owners warn that the Bull Terrier is a chewer and can swallow things; we must be careful. Only safe and approved toys should be provided, and abundantly. It is not very demanding as far as exercise, although daily exercise is necessary and helps keeping the Bull Terrier happy and educated. Care is minimal, a little more than regular brushing and controlling the eyes and the ears.
 
A healthy Bull Terrier puppy grows at a good pace, it has clean and shiny hair; it can clearly hear with both ears and is lively and playful.