The Bull Terriers

The popular conception of the Bull Terrier still is that he is a vicious animal, ready to attack either man or beast on the slightest provocation.

Is a bull terrier a good family dog?

This reputation probably springs from the use to which he was put in the latter part of the last century.

Dog fighting was then the vogue in England, and even in this State, and the dog considered most worthwhile for the purpose was the Bull Terrier.

His indomitable courage, great strength and tremendous biting power, allied to great activity, made him the most formidable of all fighting dogs for his size.

But dog fighting gradually lost favor as public opposition to this cruel “sport” grew louder and fiercer.

Those who indulged in it were ostracised, and the Bull Terrier developed a reputation which was quite undeserved.

Army personnel in tropical climates, settlers in add corners of the world and those pestered by wild pigs and similar animal pests sought a dog capable of dealing with this type of animal and found the Bull Terrier outstanding.

Demand for puppies became strong and the breed made amazing progress in public esteem.

In recent years the Bull Terrier has become a fashionable dog, and he holds an honored place among dog owners throughout the world.

The glint in his dark, almond-shaped eyes still shows that there is plenty of the “Old Adam” in him yet, but he is a real dog, a grand pal, and is not as quarrelsome as most terriers.

Bull Terriers make ideal companions for children, are affectionate about the home, and the presence of one of these dogs is just about the best insurance against burglary known to man.

They have a keen property sense and are big and game enough to tackle anyone.

They do not know the meaning of fear and retain all their old-time tenacity, toughness and biting power when aroused.

Although the average Bull Terrier does not look for trouble with other dogs, he is ready to meet it and usually emerges victorious.

In short, he is a man’s dog and a good class one at that, and in the first-class condition, he makes an admirable picture of canine virility.

Wild Pig Hunter

Apart from guard duties, Bull Terriers are used a lot in Australia for hunting wild pigs.

Many good “pig dogs” have a strong strain of Bull Terrier in their blood.

The Bull Terrier-Cattle Dog cross has become popular for pig hunting, but the pure-bred Bull Terrier, trained from puppyhood for the work, is hard to beat.

Many high-class specimens have been imported in recent years, and these and stock bred from them are winning major awards at shows in all parts of Australia.

Demand for good-class puppies is strong and the future of the breed is assured here for many years.

The average Bull Terrier weighs 50 to 60 pounds and is about 21 inches tall at the shoulder.

The outstanding feature of the breed is his head, which is practically egg shaped.

It is set off by pricked ears and small, almost triangular-shaped eyes, invariably dark in color and, when the dog is at attention, full of fire and life.

Powerful Jaws

His jaws are tremendously powerful, with lots of width between the strong tusks, and the teeth are big and sound throughout.

The neck is powerful, well-arched and set into strong, widely placed, sloping shoulders.

The body is short and compact; big ribbed and very short and strong, across the loins.

Hindquarters match the rest of the body, being powerful and well let down.

A dog of this type must, naturally, stand on well-boned, sound legs and feet.

The tail is a natural one (never docked) and tapers from its thick root to a fine point.

It is carried on a level with the back when the dog is at attention.

The coat is short, close and smooth and requires very little attention.

Color varies considerably. A few years ago, white was the only color seen in the show ring, but colored Bull Terriers are perhaps more popular today than whites. These are mostly brindles or reds — with or without white markings.

Many people prefer the colored specimens as their eye rims are usually dark, while the whites usually have pink eye rims.


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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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