The Bull Terrier is a breed of dog in the terrier family. Popularly known as the 'Gladiator of the canine race'.
The Bull Terrier's most recognizable feature is its head, described as 'egg-shaped' when viewed from the front; the top of the skull is almost flat. The under-jaw is deep and strong. The body is full and round, with strong, muscular shoulders.
The Bull Terrier breed is known for being very stubborn and its recommended that only experienced dog owners consider this as a pet. They are good guard dogs, but can be overprotective which could lead to further problems being part of a family.
Its best to get this breed from a puppy – combined with early socialisation and training - if you want them to grow into a family with children and other dogs and cats. If you get this breed when older, then they could pose a problem with other pets due to their prey instinct.
Hypoallergenic (Prone to allergies) : Yes
Scientific name: Canis lupus familiaris
Life span: 10 years
Temperament: Protective, Keen, Sweet-Tempered, Active, Trainable
Colours: White, Chocolate, Cream,
What are the most common health conditions associated with the English Bull Terrier:
- Skin allergies and ear problems.
- Unpigmented areas (pink tummy/white ears) are prone to skin cancer mainly squamous cell carcinoma.
- Superficial and deep pyoderma – pyoderma is a severe infection in the skin of bull terriers. Can be resistant to treatment and recurs often especially in the white bull terrier. Allergies may aggravate the condition but often the predisposing factor except genetics can not be identified. Some evidence exist suggestion underlying immune system involvement.
- Entropion –rolling in of eyelids – developmental – if this causes irritation to the eye surgery will be necessary
- Gastrointestinal foreign bodies. The Bully loves chewing and have exceptionally strong jaws making it possible for them to destroy objects and swallow them. Often will need high risk, expensive abdominal surgery to remove foreign objects. Will often have repeat episodes of obstructions. In our practise we have removed mielie cobs, balls, toys, string and the best part of the owners denim pants!
- Bite wounds. They are very loyal to people but often can not tolerate other dogs and end up in fights.
Thank you to our online vet Dr Adel for sharing with us ailments which she is exposed to as a vet on a daily basis.
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