Courageous, intelligent and active like all terriers.
It is kindly to people and extremely loyal to its owners. An excellent
guard which is quite capable of defending its own corner if necessary.
Description & History
The Bull Terrier is an English breed and is a cross
between the Bulldog and the now extinct White English Terrier. Although
bull-baiting became illegal in 1835, dog fighting and other unsavoury
sports, such as badger-baiting and ratting still continued behind
the scenes. Bulldogs were found to be too slow for these activities,
nevertheless handlers still required an aggressive dog which had
to be faster and more active than the solid but slow-moving Bulldog.
This led to the creation of the Bull Terrier.
Eventually dog fighting was prohibited and breeders
turned their attention to improving the breed's standard. In the
1860's Mr James Hinks of Birmingham, a dog dealer, produced an all
white, lighter-framed dog which we recognise today as the Bull Terrier.
It is thought that strains from the Dalmatian and the Pointer were
added to give quality to the breed, making them more refined in
appearance and temperament. Mr Hink's son, James, continued breeding
Bull Terriers after his father's death, as did his grandson Mr Carleton
Hinks. Mr Hinks senior began his work on improving the breed in
the 1850's and this work continued in one family until the death
of Mr Carleton Hinks in 1977.
The breed which must be trained from an early age
to be obedient, is energetic and therefore requires plenty of exercise.