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Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier, also called the English Bull Terrier, is a thick-set breed in the terrier family. Its most recognizable feature is its “˜egg shaped’ head, flat on the top, with a Roman muzzle.

The Bull Terrier has close-set, triangle-shaped eyes, and a round, stocky body. Its hair can be white, or any other color, often with white markings. It generally stands from 20 to 24 inches high and weighs 35 to 60 pounds.

The breed is outgoing and active, both mentally and physically. It is an affectionate, relatively docile breed. It is strong and protective, making a good guard dog. It is good with children, although it can occasionally forget its strength, so it should be watched with children at all times. It has a better-than-average temperament.

The Bull Terrier is not overly high-maintenance. Its coat is easy to groom and maintain. It needs regular exercise and hearty meals. It should be checked regularly for eye, ear and other such infections, and for allergic reactions to insect bites.

The average lifespan of the breed is from 10 to 14 years. Common health problems from the breed include deafness, acne, and Umbilical Hernia. The Bull Terrier can also tend to be slightly obsessive compulsive; the breed has been known to exhibit behaviors such as tail chasing, self mutilation and obsessive licking.

Bull Terrier