The Bull Terrier is a strongly built, deep chested muscular dog. The shape of the head differs from that of other terriers. They have a long, strong egg shaped head with a Roman nose. Their eyes are triangular in shape and deep set. Bred by crossing a Bulldog with a terrier, this dog was produced to fight to the death in the bloody sport of bull baiting. They are now one of the most popular dogs in Britain
History During the 19th century Bulldogs, (which were called Smooth Hounds in the UK), were popular with people, especially the upper class.Kennel clubs were established in the 1830s and trained Bulldogs to track and catch poachers. In 1860, these dogs were no longer used for hunting, but kept as companion dogs. Bulldog fighting was then, for the first time, illegal in England and it is only since the Repeal of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1835 that they are, once again, available to mankind.
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The Bull Terrier is a rather muscular dog, covering a lengthily boned body, but still possess the agile characteristics of a terrier. The head is elongated and ideally positioned to resemble the old English terrier. The muzzle is rather short and is faced rather sideways. The nose is a rather broad muzzle, black in colour. The eyes are rather almond shaped and set deep. The ears are rather tiny, hardly reaching the height of the head, although they can rise upwards, if the dog is nervous or stressed.
Bull Terriers are very social dogs and thrive on company, activity and love. They enjoy well mannered children and can be very affectionate. They generally bond to one person in the family.
The Bull Terrier is very keen to please and their training makes them very good at learning tricks. They learn extremely quickly and will love the challenge.