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Description of Bull Terrier

´╗┐The Breed History

First records for the Bull Terrier date back to 1835 in Britain. Crossing a Bulldog with a White English Terrier (now extinct) is thought to have provided the foundation for the breed. Later, a documented outcross to Spanish Pointer was done to increase size. The white variety was first bred around 1860, and the breed was formally split into the white and colored in 1936. The bull terrier in AKC is registered as the standard size breed, (Bull Terrier) and a miniature size, the Miniature Bull Terrier.

Breeding for Function

This breed was valued as a pit fighter. A very strong constitution, agility and tenacity were bred into them. Over the years, the breeders have worked to make the dog more companionable.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: 21-22" (53-56 cm).

Weight: 52-62 lb (24-28 kg).

Coat: The breed is divided into white and colored types. Hairs are short and hard, lie flat, and have good sheen. For white variety: all white or white with limited markings on the head. For colored variety: other base colors than white, may have white markings; brindle is preferred. They are moderate shedders and have low grooming needs.

Longevity: 11-13 years

Points of Conformation: The distinctive head is long, and the face is full and a curve over the top of the skull to the tip of the nose is present. Ears are close set and small, the leather is thin, and they prick erect when dog is alert. Small dark eyes are deep-set, close-set, and piercing in expression. Oblique in shape, blue eyes disqualify. The nose is black, and the neck is very muscular, long, and not throaty. The thorax is round and deep with very well sprung ribs. The back is short and only slightly arched at the loins. Limbs are straight boned, and moderately long. The feet are compact and well-knuckled. The tapering tail is low set, short, and carried parallel to the topline. The gait is smooth and ground covering.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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