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The English Bull Terrier is an easily recognisable breed with an egg-shaped head and small, thin ears. It is believed to have originated from the Bulldog and the English Terrier. This breed is an active dog with high exercise needs. It is quite intelligent but tends to be stubborn so it is not advisable for novice owners.
Has an English Bull Terrier caught your attention? Here is a brief background of this wonderful companion dog with an egg-shaped head.
The English Bull Terrier, or simply Bull Terrier, is believed to have originated in 1835, which was developed with the crossing of the English Bulldog and the now-extinct English Terrier. The resulting dogs were crossed with Spanish Pointers to increase their size and were only referred as the bull-and-terrier dogs at that time. They became fierce dog fighters in the ring yet well-mannered toward people.
In 1850, a man named James Hinks created all-white bull-and-terrier dogs referred as White Cavaliers that became popular companions of gentlemen. After selective breeding with other terrier-type dogs, a breed standard for white Bull Terriers was created and the first Bull Terrier Club was founded in 1887. During the 1900s, the coloured Bull Terriers and the white ones were accepted as one type and breed. Shortly after, miniature versions were produced. Standard and Miniature Bull Terriers are recognised by The Kennel Club as separate breeds.
The English Bull Terrier is an easily identifiable breed because of its unique appearance highlighted by its long, egg-shaped head (when viewed by the front) and small, thin ears placed close together. Its black or dark brown, obliquely placed eyes appear narrow and triangular. It has a black nose that is bent downwards at the tips and well-developed nostrils. It has a strong, deep under-jaw and a muscular, strong neck. It has a full, round and well-muscled body. It is a medium dog that weighs 44 to 64 pounds and stands 50 to 61 centimetres.
The Bull Terrier has a short, even and harsh yet shiny coat that is easy to groom. It also has a soft textured undercoat that grows in the winter and disappears in the hotter months. Its no-fuss coat only needs weekly brushing, which becomes more frequent during shedding season. According to KC standards, the accepted colours are (1) pure white, which can only have minimal markings on the head; and (2) coloured, which can be black, red, brindle, fawn, and tricolour.
Grooming is a great way to have a one-on-one bonding time with your dog. The Bull Terrier’s easy-to-maintain coat should not stop you from doing so because there are other aspects that need attention such as its teeth and gums, ears, and nails. Your pet’s grooming regimen should be introduced early so it understands that these routine processes mean no harm. Most dogs feel uncomfortable when their nails are being clipped so you have to be extra careful not to cut it too short. Always have styptic powder or corn starch ready in case they bleed.
Over the years, the English Bull Terrier has been developed to become a wonderful pet and companion. It is calm, loyal and courage breed that forms a strong bond with its owners, including children. However, the downside is that it tends to develop separation anxiety so it needs to be in a house where one person always stays. It is patient toward children but it is better off in a family with more mature children because its energetic personality may be too much to an infant or toddler. All interactions should always be supervised to avoid any accidents.
Bull Terriers are intelligent dogs that are fast learners. However, they are not for first-time dog owners because of their dominant and stubborn characteristics. Early on, experienced owners should claim their alpha role and teach these dogs their place in the pack, which is below everybody in the household. Early socialisation and training are needed to establish ground rules and avoid unwanted behaviour. They need a firm yet gentle hand, as well as positive reinforcements to make trainings effective.
Bull Terriers should never be aggressive toward people but since they were used in dog fighting, they may show hostility toward other dogs of the same gender. When it comes to other pets, they do get along with those they grow up with but may consider other small animals as fair game.
As a rough guide, a daily serving for an adult English Bull Terrier is 2 to 4 cups of excellent quality dry dog food per day. To be sure, ask your trusted vet since the amount of food depends on its age, size, build, activity level, and metabolism. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to dog nutrition.
Typical calorie needs of adult English Bull Terriers per day:
Owners have the option whether to prepare their dog’s meals at home or go for commercial dry kibbles or canned food. When you prepare your Bull Terrier’s food, this route can be more expensive and impractical. However, you get to control everything that goes to its body especially that it is prone to kidney and skin problems. To avoid nutrient deficiencies, supplementation will be key. On the other hand, commercial dog food is an easier way but it isn’t necessarily cheap since you need to choose high quality brands with limited ingredients. The number one ingredient for either food should be animal meat. Avoid simple carbohydrates that raise blood glucose quickly.
Genetics, environment, diet, and exercise influence the overall health of your dog. A properly cared for English Bull Terrier can live up to 14 years. Like other breeds, it can be predisposed to certain health conditions. These include skin problems, deafness, kidney disease, heart ailments, Patellar Luxation, and Umbilical Hernia.
The Bull Terrier is an active dog with high exercise needs. A total of two hours spread throughout the day is needed to release its energy. It will be happy to be walked on a leash twice a day, as well to be allowed to roam around the back garden anytime. Make sure you keep an eye on it and the fencing is sturdy or it will try to escape.
Here is a simple expense breakdown in owning an English Bull Terrier, which will somehow help you decide if you are financially ready to own one:
As a rough guide, prepare to spend about £160 a month to care for an English Bull Terrier. The costs will depend on the pet insurance coverage you obtain and the veterinary services your dog needs.
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