History: The Bull Terrier originated in Great Britain around 1835. This breed is believed to have started as a cross between the Bulldog and the white English Terrier, which is not extinct. Later, they were crossed with Spanish Pointers to create a larger size in the breed. These dogs were originally used to bait bulls and in dog fighting rings. Although the Bull Terrier was known as a fierce fighter, they were not supposed to provoke a fight. Today the breed has become a 19popular companion animal and show dog and is known for their long, egg-shaped head.
Temperament: The Bull Terrier is a friendly but courageous and feisty breed. They tend to be very extroverted and happy to meet new people. They are more prone to being possessive and reactive with food and toys. Proper training and handling of their resources from a young age is a must to make sure there are no issues as the dog grows. They tend to get along well with people, including children if well socialized. Some may be more aggressive with other dogs, so getting your Bull Terrier to meet lots of other dogs when they are young is highly recommended. Because of their high energy, they can become destructive with chewing if left unattended. They can also be more vocal and like to bark as well as chase their tails. The Bull Terrier needs a firm, persistent, and active owner who is willing to go for daily walks and start obedience training and a young age. Physical and mental exercise will help to ensure you have a well-mannered Bull Terrier for you and your family.
Health/Grooming: The Bull Terrier has a short, flat, and coarse coat. They are easy to groom and only need to be brushed weekly. During their shedding season which happens twice a year, it is recommended to brush daily to keep their hair under control. They only need baths when necessary and can be washed with a dry shampoo. The Bull Terrier may be more prone to health issues such as skin allergies, hereditary nephritis, heart disease, deafness, and renal problems. You should look for results of the BAER hearing test when adopting a Bull Terrier along with OFA and UP:UC clearances.