The Bull Terrier is a good dog that has developed a bad reputation. This dog was created to fight and when it is mistreated, it can be made into a dog that is very aggressive, even vicious. With proper care and training, a puppy can grow up to be a sweet and loving dog.
In fact, at times this breed is even a little silly. However, an older dog who has been mistreated may never be truly dependable and should not be placed in a home where it has access to children.
This dog is a member of the American Kennel Club's terrier group and most commonly comes in pure white or brindle. Brindle dogs can have white markings, but they cannot be predominantly white.
Don't confuse this dog with its relative, the American Pit Bull Terrier. This is a solidly built, muscular animal, weighing in at fifty five to seventy pounds. The dog's broad chest and bullet shaped head are distinctive identifying characteristics for the breed.
This breed is happy living in an apartment as long as it receives plenty of exercise. However, these dogs favour living in a home with a roomy, securely fenced yard. No matter where or how you exercise your dog, be sure he cannot escape, as some Bull Terriers and cats or small dogs can be a lethal combination.
The dog loves family life and often is quite good with children. These dogs love to play and will spend hours playing frisbee. However, if you do not have children of your own, and your dog isn't used to small children, never leave your pet with visiting children unattended, as infants and toddlers are sometimes mistaken for other animals instead of people.
If you've never owned a dog before, then this breed is absolutely not for you. These dogs are not a good match with immature dog owners. In addition, if you are a shrinking violet instead of an assertive person, your dog will sense this. He will quickly dominate you and rule your household.
Since these are such powerful animals, you will need to be sure your dog is thoroughly trained before he gets too big for you to control easily. It is a good idea to enroll your dog in puppy obedience classes, so you can be sure he is correctly trained while he is small. In addition, obedience classes are an important step in socializing your puppy.
This breed can put away quite a bit of dog chow. While they don't eat as much as a Great Dane, these dogs can eat a cosiderable amount. You may want to ask your veterinarian about feeding your dog a diet that alleviates kidney problems. Besides being prone to kidney disease, this breed can develop heart disease or deafness.
This dog requires very little grooming. You may want to brush him weekly to remove loose hair and dirt to keep his coat looking smooth and healthy. You may also want to brush his teeth and trim his nails.
If you are an accomplished dog owner and are ready to work with your dog to turn him into a good citizen, then you may want to take a look at the Bull Terrier