Description of the English Bull Terrier

  • 31/10/2010

The English Bull Terrier is a very powerful dog that is surprisingly agile and swift. The Bull Terrier is full of energy and can be used for many different purposes. They are good watchdogs and protective, but can also be used for agility and obedience events. These are great family dogs if trained properly and well exercised.

It is very hard to mistake the English Bull terrier for any other breed thanks to its distinct characteristics. The head is almost completely oval in shape from top to nose and the almond shaped eyes are located close to the center of the head. They eyes are described by some as triangular and for some this is an accurate description.

As the eyes are located closer to the ears then they are to the nose they give an extra length dimension to the face. The ears are small and pointy and they are located almost in the center of the skull. They are rather thin and in most cases they will be relaxed.

The bodybuilder look starts at the neck, which is very strong and long compared to other bull or mastiff dogs. The shoulders are heavy and muscular whilst the chest is big and powerful. The front legs are like mini sausages. They are short and stocky whilst the ribcage is very well developed. The body should look strong and powerful and not overly fat. This is a common problem in the English Bull Terrier breed.

The legs of the English Bull terrier should be strong and well muscled. A common problem is that the legs will point inwards or outwards at either the knee, the hock or the feet itself. This is wrong and should be checked regularly.

The feet itself should look like a cat, round and arched. The dog sometimes develops a waggle when walking, but this should not be standard. The feet should not drag and there should be no rolling of the body, when walking forward. The dog will generally present itself as an "I am the boss" dog when walking.

The English Bull Terrier has a fairly short tail which is thick in the beginning and smaller at the end. It is positioned pretty low and carried horizontal to the ground.

The skin should be smooth and tight and there should be no wrinkles or any malformations on the body.

The English Bull Terrier has a very short coat. It feels like sandpaper and is closely located to the body of the dog. The shedding can be all year round with some extra shedding taking place in the spring and the summer. the coat should have a natural glow to it no matter what the color patterns are.

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