Bull Terrier Breed Information

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Bull Terrier

Easily recognised by its characteristic well rounded body, the Bull Terrier is built like a boulder. Often lauded for having the highest body muscle density of all the dog breeds, the bull terrier is colloquially known as the strongman of the dog world.
Although this breed does not shy away from some rough and tumble, this dog is better known for its fun-loving, goofy and hyperactive personality that is balanced by the loyalty, politeness and obedience it radiates when needed.
These dogs can live in an apartment if they are adequately exercised, but they do best in a spacious house with a decently sized garden where they can roam around and get into all kinds of shenanigans.

Bull Terrier breed attributes

About Bull Terrier breed

Description

Easily recognised by its characteristic well rounded body, the Bull Terrier is built like a boulder. Often lauded for having the highest body muscle density of all the dog breeds, the bull terrier is colloquially knowns the strongman of the dog world. The Bull Terrier has a short, strong, stable back with a thick muscular neck. The tail is low set and thick at its base while tapered to a point at the end. The legs must be parallel and equal in length to the depth of the dog’s chest. You might feel that this gives this breed a stubby look and this might tempt you to try your chances at outrunning these dogs, but appearances are deceiving and the Bull Terrier is highly athletic with well-knit muscles, capable of covering a lot of ground with its strides. The skin on these animals is tight fitting with no excessive folds.

Although the Bull Terrier’s characteristic barrel shaped body can be recognised from a mile away, perhaps the most distinguishing feature of the dog is its head. The head is egg shaped and slopes from the top of to the tip of its nose in a smooth curve, giving the dog a distinguished, Roman nose shaped head. The eyes are small, triangular and almond shaped, and give the dog its characteristic intelligent expression. The colour of the dog’s eyes should not be blue, and the nose should always be black with well-formed nostrils. Its small ears should stand erect and held upwards when focused and attentive. The eyes should also be positioned further away from the nose than from the top of the head. The jaws of the dog should be well structured with a well formed lower mandible. The occlusion of the dog’s teeth should result in a clean scissor bite.

Origin: Great Britain.

Look

The Bull Terrier sports a short coat with flat, evenly distributed, shiny hair that feels slightly coarse to the touch. Some dogs also grow a soft, short undercoat during the colder winter periods. They are a dream to groom, requiring relatively little maintenance. The colour of the coat can be pure white or coloured. Pure white individuals are allowed to have patches or skin markings on their head, but the coat should not be peppered. Coloured individuals with a brindled coat are highly coveted. Black brindle, red, fawn and tricolour are also acceptable.

Bull terriers are medium shedders, often only needing to be regularly brushed down with a rubber horse brush to bring their shedding to manageable levels.

Health

The Bull Terrier is generally considered to be a healthy and hardy breed. However, there are some breed associated diseases that you should be aware of. These are:

  • Skin allergies and conditions.
  • Compulsive behaviour.
  • Kidney failure.
  • Particularly in white dogs.
  • Patellar luxation.
  • Cardiac disease.

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Learning

It is recommended that you start socialising your Bull Terrier puppy as early as possible. Bull Terrier puppies greatly benefit from socialisation with other people and dogs, and this helps them develop a well-balanced, easy temperament that makes them a pleasure to be around. Housebreaking and training of basic commands can start early. It is best not to expect your Bull Terrier puppy to learn things immediately, since while Bull Terriers are very intelligent dogs they are also very inquisitive and can be easily distracted by something they deem more interesting. Holding onto your pup’s attention by using treats and praise is highly recommended. Serious obedience training should be not be started earlier than when the pup is 6 months of age; they might not look it, but these are sensitive dogs and do not respond well to being punished and scolded harshly. It is best to handle a Bull Terrier with a firm, compassionate hand in order to allow the dog to build a trusting relationship with you as its owner. It is imperative that the dog never be punished on its return after it has been called. Being so inquisitive and high energy makes these dogs a challenge to train, we therefore do not feel they are suitable for novice dog owners.

Temperament

This breed of dog was well established as a pit fighting dog. The breed excelled in the blood sport of ratting, but the modern version of the breed is a far cry from the gamier version of its ancestral past and has long since distanced itself from this gruesome and barbaric sport. Despite the breed having been bred to favour a calmer demeanour, it is still not suggested for this breed to be housed with small or rodent-like pets such as rabbits, pet rats and guinea pigs. On the upside, this breed will keep your house free of any vermin. One must also take extra care when socialising certain unneutered male Bull Terriers with other male dogs, as play-fighting might escalate into something more serious. Having said that, this is usually a good natured, playful breed that is well known for its clownish personality.

Although this breed is not meant to be a man stopper, it radiates an aura of courage and fearlessness that makes ill-intentioned people think twice before messing with you. It is not unheard of for this breed to defend its family or owner should such a situation arise, and it is regarded as a relatively good guard dog.

Although this breed does not shy away from some rough and tumble, this dog is better known for its fun-loving, goofy and hyperactive personality that is balanced by the loyalty, politeness and obedience it radiates when needed. It is easier to reach this balance if the dog is given enough time to waste its energy through proper exercise. This breed of dog also thrives on the attention of both adults and children. However, it is recommended that children should not be left unsupervised with these dogs. This is not suggested because this breed is prone to attack children, but because its rambunctious nature can lead to the dog to becoming overly excited, which may result in young children being knocked over and suffering indirectly delivered injuries. It is also recommended that should the dog be left at home alone, one should provide it with some means of entertaining itself in order to avoid destructive behaviour.

Living with

These dogs can live in an apartment if they are adequately exercised, but they do best in a spacious house with a decently sized garden where they can roam around and get into all kinds of shenanigans.

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The following is needed to bring a puppy into Dubai:


  1. All dogs entering Dubai from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Dubai must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Dubai must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Dubai specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Dubai must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Dubai must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Dubai.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Abu Dhabi:


  1. All dogs entering Abu Dhabi from a low-risk country at least 15 weeks old, and those entering from a high-risk country must be at least 27 weeks old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Abu Dhabi must be equipped with either a 9 or 15 digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Valid for 30 days.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Abu Dhabi specific vaccinations: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rabies.
  5. Rabies Titer Test * – All dogs entering Abu Dhabi must be tested for rabies no later than 14 days before the planned travel date. ( Only from specific
  6. Parasite check - All pets travelling to Abu Dhabi must receive preventive treatments against internal and external parasites in the 14 days before travel by an authorised and competent vet.
  7. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Abu Dhabi.
  8. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.


* The United Arab Emirates classifies all countries into two rabies categories:
  • Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Island, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Vanuatu.
  • High-risk countries: All other countries are considered high-risk countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Hong Kong:


  1. All dogs entering Hong Kong must be at least 3 months old.
  2. Microchip – All dogs entering and residing in Hong Kong must be equipped with either a 9 or 15-digit microchip.
  3. Import Permit – All dogs entering Hong Kong must be equipped with a Special Permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. Valid for up to 6 months.
  4. Vaccinations* – Depending on the country of origin, your pet might need a rabies shot on top of all the age appropriate vaccinations. Hong Kong specific vaccinations: Canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine parvovirus and rabies.
  5. Health Check – A Health Check by a veterinarian is mandatory in order to obtain permissions to enter Hong Kong.
  6. Pet Passport – This document verifies that the puppy is fully healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations.
  7. Captain’s Affidavit – Document to be provided by the airline personnel confirming that your dog has not left its crate or interacted with other pets at any point during the journey.


* Hong Kong classifies countries into 3 groups. Vaccinations against rabies are only required from Groups 2 & 3.
  • Group 1: Rabies-free countries (at least 6 months of residency) Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Bailiwick of Jersey.
  • Group 2: Rabies-controlled (at least 4 months of residency) Austria, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Guam, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vanuatu, Bahamas, Belgium, Brunei, Cayman Island, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands, USA (Continental), Virgin Islands.
  • Group 3: All other countries.
** Only for puppies from high-risk countries
Travel Requirements

The following is needed to bring a puppy into Switzerland:


  1. All pets entering Switzerland must be equipped with a 15-digit microchip that is compliant with ISO 11784/11785.
  2. Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
  3. Rabies vaccinations are mandatory. Dogs must receive their first rabies vaccine at least 21 days before entering the country.*
  4. The state veterinarian of the origin country must equip the dog with a valid Health Certificate.
  5. Import Permit – all dogs entering from a 3rd level rabies country must carry an import permit issued at least three weeks in advance. Entry points through Basel, Geneva, Zurich.
  6. Different regulations depending on whether it is a commercial purchase or individual and where the dog is coming from.


* Specifications differ for booster shots. ** Switzerland categorises countries by level of risk of rabies in three levels.
  • Level 1: All EU Member States and Andorra, Switzerland, Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Northern Ireland, Norway, San Marino, Vatican City State.
  • Level 2 (Low Risk of Rabies): Ascension Island, United Arab Emirates, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Aruba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda,Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Belarus, Canada, Chile, Curaçao, Fiji, Falkland Islands, Great Britain (including Crown dependencies), Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, North Macedonia, Montserrat, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Russia, Singapore, Saint Helena, Sint Marteen, Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, United States of America, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
  • Level 3: All other countries are considered as having a high risk of rabies.
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