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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier is perhaps best known for the breed's interesting egg-shaped head. The Bull Terrier breed is the only American Kennel Club-recognized breed with triangular eyes. Bull Terriers are as strong as they look, with powerful muscles and robust shoulders. According to Wikipedia, many people call the Bull Terrier dog breed the "gladiator of the canine race," more for the tough appearances than actual behavior. The dogs are not as tough as they look, and can be quite playful.

Here are the characteristics of the Bull Terrier breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.

Bull Terrier's Behavior

Recommended for: Family pets

Bull Terrier breed is known for being active and playful. Bull Terriers can also become very attached to particular individuals in their families. At times, the dogs can seem harder to train than other breeds.

Remember that the Bull Terrier breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.

The Bull Terrier's Physical Characteristics

* Coat: short, flat, harsh-feeling but glossy
* Color: white, though there are some colored Bull Terriers
* Eyes: sunken, dark, small, and triangular
* Ears: small, thin and close together
* Skull: long
* Muzzle: "Roman" and downward-sloping, according to Wikipedia
* Nose: black with downward-bent tip
* Tail: short, low-set

Bull Terrier's Origins and History

The following historical notes on the Bull Terrier dog breed are based on information in Wikipedia.

Country/Region of Origin: England

Original purpose: showdog and companion; descended from fighting dog breeds

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