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5 Interesting Facts About Bull Terriers

Updated: Feb 13, 2020

1. They Were Classed Up

In the time of the1860s, a man named James Hinks who resided in Birmingham, England saw a real potential in these dogs. James then decided he should make them more of a distinctive breed. Mr Hinks then cross-bred them with the white terrier (which is now extinct), the popular Dalmatian and the border collie. James bred his dogs to be a pure white color, with a long face and no bow legs. A new and improved breed that boasted a more sophisticated look than predecessors. Originally these all white fancy dog were named "White Cavaliers." Later, bull terriers were worked on by breeding with Staffordshire bull terriers which created new colors such as red, brown, black, and brindle. 2 OCD Is Common In The Breed

Dogs chasing their tails can be cute, however it can also mean that the canine has some form of obsessive personality disorder. Research shows that both bull terriers and German shepherds have a higher likely hood to compulsively chase after their tails in comparison to any other breed.Chasing their shadow and compulsive pacing are also other signs that this disorder may include. If you are worried about your terriers obsessive behavior, the ASPCA recommends keeping your terrier busy to combat this. 3. They Were Bred to Fight. 


Bull terriers are direct relatives to bull-and-terriers. As the name suggests, these dogs were the cross between bull dogs and a multitude of terriers. Cross breeders thought the tenacity, spirit and also the agility of these terriers mixed with the powerful brute force of the bulldog would really create a supreme fighting pit dog. This breed was therefore known as a “canine gladiator.” Fortunately, dog fighting as well as other bloody sports were prohibited in England thanks mostly to the Humane Act of 1835. Since then, Bull terriers have been given other tasks like being companions.  4. They Have Some of the Canine World's Most Distinct Faces


Bull terriers are widely known for having long oblong-shaped faces that distinctly slope into a strong Roman nose. Bull terrier eyes are very unusual as well: The bull terrier seems to be the only registered breed that is bred to have triangle shaped eyes.   5. You Can Get a Smaller One



Although these smaller Bull Terriers are considered a different breed technically, Mini Bull Terriers still exist. They only grow fully to be about 14 inches in height, while a standard Bull Terrier can grow to be 21 inches. These mini Bull Terriers are also hypoallergenic and shed a lot less than their larger counterparts. ---

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