There are two color varieties of the Bull Terrier: colored and white. The colored Bull Terrier is any color other than white, such as black, brindle, red, fawn, or tricolor, or any color including white markings. The white is a solid white.
Naturally gregarious and extremely loyal, the Bull Terrier is a charming, friendly, playful dog who is very attached to his family. Intelligent and active, he needs mental and physical stimulation - preferably in the form of fun play sessions - to keep him happy. For those who have the time and the leadership to give to a Bull Terrier, this dog can make a fine companion - his devotion is unwavering, and his personality never ceases to amuse and endear him to others.
The Bull Terrier can do well in just about any living situation as long as all his needs are met - this is a breed that requires a lot of companionship and a good deal of supervision to make a good pet. A fenced yard is a must, and if allowed off leash, be sure that it is in an enclosed area and that your Bull Terrier is extremely well socialized.
Just about any outdoor activity with the family will please the Bull Terrier, including games of fetch or flying disc.
Bull Terriers require regular exercise and plenty of it! Energetic dogs to begin with, without enough exercise, they may be compelled to release their energy in ways that aren't always desirable - such as through excessive chewing, self-destructive behaviors or even obsessive-compulsive behaviors.
Bull Terriers require a high-quality diet. They are prone to weight gain and should be monitored and have their daily food intake moderated accordingly.
The Bull Terrier's instincts are to both want to play and to protect, which isn't always a great combination when it comes to training. He is also a strong dog who needs an owner who understands him and can take an appropriate lead in his training, being firm when necessary but not harsh. It may be more challenging to train a Bull Terrier, but many have done it with great results. A critical component of training for any Bull Terrier is socialization. From early puppyhood, he must be introduced to all sorts of people, other dogs, other animals and environments.
Bull Terriers get along well with children and tend to be protective of them, but they do need a lot of socialization to coexist with other pets, especially other dogs.
The average life expectancy of the Bull Terrier is 10 to 12 years. Breed health concerns include allergies; deafness; familial nephropathy; mitral dysplasia; patellar luxation; and zinc deficiency.
The Bull Terrier is a moderate shedder who is easy to keep groomed. His short coat just needs a weekly going-over with a hound glove and a soft bristle brush.
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