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Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

 

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Bull Terrier

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Bull Terrier

Description

The Bull Terrier has a sporting past which was developed from the need and fashions of days gone by where Badger and bull fighting were common amusements. These dogs were developed from a variety of breeds, the White English Terrier, Bull Dog and Dalmatian, thus creating a dog with great virtues. The Bull Terrier is couragous, his endurance and resistance to pain unbelievable, and his intelligence was almost uncanny and it was these virtues, which we admire and made them a great fighter, so much so that he is remembered as a fighter rather than for other sterling qualities. Throughout the history of the Bull Terrier there have always been the dog fanciers of the smaller version of the breed and thus decided to take this a step further and create the Miniature Bull terrier and today this version is now a recognized and successful breed on itÂ’s own and very popular as pets and show dogs.

 

Bull Terrier Puppy
Paintings of Bull Terriers - for more details about this original Bull Terrier painting and others visit the artist's site

 

Temperament

Not the type of dog which will suit every household, whilst no longer the fighter of his predecessors, still retains some of its fighting instincts passed down from them.  Varying from dog to dog, these instincts in most cases appear to be dormant; however, while males usually get along with any female, he will not tolerate another male. If socialised correctly they will get along with other dogs and cats. These dogs are very intelligent but stubborn and they will test your patience with some people likening them to having a permanent 2 year old around!

 

Appearance

Standard

Height:   51-61cm  (20-24in)

Weight:   20-36kg  (45-80lb)

Miniature

Height:   25-33cm  (10-14in)

Weight:   11-15kg  (24-33lb)

With its determined and intelligent expression this breed is strongly built, muscular, well balanced and active. Coming in a great variety of colours their coat is, short flat and harsh to touch and during winter a soft undercoat is present.

 

Grooming

A wash and wear dog who really only requires a bath when he gets dirty otherwise no other grooming is required, apart from regular trimming of their nails as required. 

 

Life Expectancy

10-12 Years

 

Health Concerns

Some of the hereditary diseases include, deafness, polycystic kidneys, nephritis, and patella luxation.  Also prone to skin cancer, it is recommended that these dogs should be protected while in the sun with sun screen.

 

Suitability

They make an ideal pet as these dogs just crave for human companionship, especially for their own particular family. These qualities make these dogs not only unusually reliable with children (8 years and older), but also a protector. A daily walk is recommended.

 

 

 

  

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 Bull Terriers have appeared in several movies: Toy Story, It's a Dogs Life, The Incredible Journey to name a few

 

 

Tidbit

 

Terriers: dogs in this group were bred to drive foxes, rabbits and other quarry from their underground retreats. A few in this group include the Airedale Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier and Silky Terrier to mention a few.

 

 

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