My origin is Birmingham, England where I was crossed between a Bulldog and an English White Terrier. My Bull Terrier Club was formed in 1887. I’m a pretty unique looking dog but also have an unfortunate reputation for being a bit lively with other dogs. And I don’t just mean a bit of rough and tumble. Like in the human world, my reputation goes before me – most of us are as docile and easy going as the next four legged friend.
What do I look like?
What I guess a lot of you humans don’t know is that we get a lot of jibes from other, more ‘conventional’ looking dogs. You hear “woof, woof”, we hear “oi, egghead!” or “hey sheep-donkey features!”. So you see, much of our aggression is borne of ridicule. But to our owners, we are a pretty cool looking member of the family, that is strong and devilishly handsome.
What do I need from you?
Well I’ve been upfront with you about our ‘issues’ with other dogs. I guess a good firm handling from our owners is needed to keep us under control. We can also be a touch obstinate, so make sure you show us who is boss. Other than that, just the usual love and kindness that most dogs wish for.
What I will give in return
We love our owners and most human beings. However, we don’t like intruders or bad people and our instinct is to protect. We’re loyal and intelligent creatures underneath the tough looking exterior.
How big will I get?
Our typical height is probably around 18in (46cm). However for that 18in you get a whole lot of dog as we weigh in at about 72lb (33kg). If you’re wary of a hernia, don’t try lifting us!
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US fashion celebrity Marc Jacobs (Louis Vuitton’s head designer for many years) is out and about on the beach with his Bull Terrier – Neville
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