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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Tet Nguyen Dan BULL TERRIER 2006

The Sleeping Beauty BullsHISTORY
Dog breed developed in 19th-century Britain for fighting other dogs in pits.
It was created by crossing the bulls (which at the time was longer-legged and more agile) with a fox and terrier dogs.
Once known by such names as bull-and-terrier and half-and-half, the pit bull is a stocky, muscular, unusually strong dog with powerful jaws, standing 17-19 in. (43-48 cm) tall and weighing 30-50 lb (14-23 kg). Its stiff, short coat may be any colour, solid or variegated.

The Bull Terrier is a British breed of dog. Its predecessors were developed for the purposes of pit fighting, in the middle of the 19th century. The "sporting enthusiasts" of that time loved to bet on dog fights, bull fights, bear fights, etc. Some of them decided to mate two formidable breeds of dog, the Bull Dog and the Black and Tan Terrier (which is now extinct). They wanted to combine the Bull Dog's tenacity, courage and high threshold of pain, with the terrier's lightening speed, agility and unsurpassed ratting (eg.,killing) instinct. What resulted was an extremely rugged dog, well suited for pit fighting, which is still popular in parts of the world to this day. It was not a pretty dog. It had bowed legs, and its colors have been described as "smutty". It was called the Bull and Terrier dog. On the other side of this not so pretty picture, is the fact that the dog had unfaltering devotion to its owner.
It got the reputation as a "canine gladiator", a juggernaut in a fight and would fight to the death for his master. Some of the owners of this breed found other uses for the dog as well. They used it for sheep herding and hunting, as well as vermin control. Mr. James Hinks, of Birmingham, England, decided to cross another dog into the gene pool of the Bull and Terrier, that of the White English Terrier.
He thought that the gentlemen of the day would enjoy a distinctive looking and loyal companion as well as a bodyguard. The result was an all white Bull Terrier, refered to as "The White Cavalier". The White English Terrier is another distinct breed that is now extinct, but its genes are being carried by the Bull Terrier to this day.

The general appearance of the Bull-terrier is that of a symmetrical animal, the embodiment of agility, grace, elegance, and determination.

  1. HEAD=>The head should be long, flat, and wide between the ears, tapering to the nose, without cheek muscles. There should be a slight indentation down the face, without a stop between the eyes. The jaws should be long and very powerful, with a large black nose and open nostrils. Eyes small and very black, almond shape preferred. The lips should meet as tightly as possible, without a fold. The teeth should be regular in shape, and should meet exactly; any deviation, such as pigjaw, or being underhung, is a great fault.
  2. EARS=>The ears, when cropped, should be done scientifically and according to fashion. Cropped dogs cannot win a prize at shows held under Kennel Club rules, if born after March 31st, 1895. When not cropped, it should be a semi-erect ear, but others do not disqualify.
  3. NECK=>The neck should be long and slightly arched, nicely set into the shoulders tapering to the head without any loose skin, as found in the Bulldog.
  4. SHOULDERS=>The shoulders should be strong, muscular, and slanting; the chest wide and deep, with ribs well rounded.
  5. BACK=>The back short and muscular, but not out of proportion to the general contour of the animal.
  6. LEGS=>The fore-legs should be perfectly straight, with well-developed muscles; not out at shoulder, but set on the racing lines, and very strong at the pastern joints. The hind-legs are long and, in proportion to the fore-legs, muscular, with good strong, straight hocks, well let down near the ground.
  7. FEET=>The feet more resemble those of a cat than a hare.
  8. COLOUR=>Should be white.
  9. COAT=>Short, close, and stiff to the touch, with a fine gloss.
  10. TAIL=>Short in proportion to the size of the dog, set on very low down, thick where it joins the body, and tapering to a fine point. It should be carried at an angle of about 45 degrees, without curl, and never over the back.
  11. HEIGHT AT SHOULDERS=>From 12 to 18 inches.
  12. WEIGHT=>From 15 lb. to 50 lb.
Typically the Bull Terrier is an active, interesting, playful, and clownish breed. It can also become very attached to certain family members. The breed is usually amenable for obedience training but can be stubborn and hard to train. If raised in a stable environment, the Bull Terrier will become a well rounded dog, but correct upbringing is essential with this breed, as their stubborness needs to be kept under control, and any aggressiveness must be dealt with as early as possible to prevent future problems.
Bull Terriers are very focused on their goals, and will do anything to get what they want. Be sure to keep unsafe items out of their reach, as they can choke, and make sure foods stay out of their reach, or they will quite happily eat as much as they can. Bull Terriers can also jump a fair height, and are quite curious creatures, so be sure to make your house secure. They also need a lot of mental stimulation, and they enjoy games such as tugging and fetching, although they may be reluctant to bring back the toy!