Today, April 1st, Bull Terrier Day. You may have noticed that we have a soft spot for Bulldogs. Bull Terriers and Bulldogs are different breeds, but they are cousins. Both of these pups are Very Good Boys! A Coral Springs, FL veterinarian discusses the Bull Terrier below.
Bull Terriers are quite stocky. Their most distinctive feature are their heads, which are egg-shaped. These guys often sport white coats, but they can also wear many other colors. The breed standard includes two sizes. The standard ones can grow to about 22 inches, and can weigh as much as 60 pounds. There’s also a miniature model. Mini Bull Terriers grow to be about 14 inches, and weigh about 35 pounds.
Fido’s history traces back to the 19th century, when a breeder named James Hinks mixed English White Terriers and Bulldogs. Rumor has it that the Dalmatian, Spanish Pointer, Whippet, Borzoi, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and Rough Collie also went into the mix. The pups, though originally bred to fight, were quite charming, and soon became popular pets. Some notable Bull Terrier fans include General George S. Patton, author John Steinbeck, and President Woodrow Wilson.
Bull Terriers are prone to some specific health issues. The white-coated ones often develop hearing problems: about one in five of them are deaf. Other common issues include heart disease and skin problems. The breed standard recommends several tests, including the Patella Evaluation, BAER Testing, and cardiac exams. Ask your vet for more information.
Fido is a pretty easy keeper, as far as his beauty care needs. You’ll need to brush him regularly, using a soft brush or glove. However, he’ll only need occasional baths. Nail trims and dental care are also important. Ear cleaning is also recommended.
Bull Terriers are gentle, playful, and cuddly with their humans, but are not as enthusiastic about others. Fido certainly is appropriately named, as he can be quite stubborn. Bull Terriers can become aggressive towards strange people or animals. Because of this, and because they’re so strong, they aren’t the best match for first-time dog owners. Socialization and training are both crucial with these pooches. Fido also needs a proper diet, plenty of activity, proper veterinary care, and, of course, lots of love and attention.
Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Coral Springs, FL animal clinic, today!