Bull Terrier
(AKC Terrier Group)
Bull Terrier
The Bull Terrier is a sturdy, medium-sized dog, big-boned but not coarse, with an oval-shaped head with no stop. The eyes are small, piercing, and triangular; ears are natural, small, and erect. The body is compact and muscular with a short back. The tail is naturally fairly short, tapering to a fine point and carried horizontally. The overall appearance is distinctive and unforgettable. Two varieties are accepted in the AKC standard: the White Bull Terrier and the Colored Bull Terrier. The White Bull Terrier might have colored markings on the head, but not elsewhere on the body. Colored Bull Terriers may be brindle, black-brindle, tricolor, red, or fawn with white markings.
The Bull Terrier was developed from crosses between bulldogs and terriers in the nineteenth century. The dog's strength, agility, and courage made it popular as a gentleman's fighting dog; some advocates of the breed, however, say that this is a myth. What we do know for sure is that the White Bull Terrier variety (nicknamed the "White Cavalier") became especially fashionable as a pet for the aristocracy in the late nineteenth century. Today, Bull Terriers are still loved for their courage, loyalty, intelligence, affectionate spirits, and clownish sense of humor.
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