Miniature Bull Terrier
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The Bull Terrier was originally developed in the 19th century as a fighting dog and, later, as a fashionable companion for gentlemen, but today they are a family companion and show dog. It is a dog breed distinguished by its long, egg-shaped head.
Life with a Bull Terrier is always an experience. He is a "busy" dog from puppyhood to middle age. The Bull Terrier is not content to spend long periods of time alone day after day; he wants to be with his people, doing what they are doing. He does best with an active family who can provide him with plenty of energetic play. He also needs someone who will consistently (but kindly) enforce house rules. Otherwise, he will make up his own rules.
The Bull Terrier dates back to about 1835 and was probably created by crossing a Bulldog with the now extinct white English Terrier. These "bull and terrier" dogs were later crossed with Spanish Pointers to increase their size. They were known as gladiators for their prowess in the dog fighting ring.
In 1860, breeders of the bull and terrier, particularly a man named James Hinks, began creating an all-white dog. The striking animals became fashionable companions for gentlemen and were nicknamed "White Cavalier" because of their courage in the dogfighting ring and their courtesy to people. Although no longer used for fighting, white Bull Terriers still carry that nickname to this day, a tribute to their sweet disposition (which is of course shared by colored Bull Terriers).
The first Bull Terrier registered by the American Kennel Club was Nellie II in 1885. Twelve years later, in 1897, the Bull Terrier Club of America was established. The colored Bull Terrier became a separate breed in 1936, and the Mini Bull Terrier became a separate breed in 1992.
Famous fans of Bull Terriers include General George S. Patton, whose white Bull Terrier Willie followed him everywhere; actress Dolores Del Rio; writer John Steinbeck; and President Woodrow Wilson. A well-known Bull Terrier is Patsy Ann, who greeted every ship that docked in Juneau, Alaska in the 1930s. Loved by tourists, she was photographed more often than Rin Tin Tin, and in 1934 she was named the official greeter of Juneau. Today, the spirit of Patsy Ann lives on in a bronze statue commissioned in 1992 and placed on the Juneau wharf.
The Bull Terrier will not be swayed by anything or anyone and is a friendly, spirited extrovert who is always up for a good time, and always happy to see you.
Nicknamed "the kid in a dog suit," the Bull Terrier is active and friendly, but also one of the clowns of the dog world. He has a larger-than-life personality that ranges from intelligent and innovative - not always the most desirable qualities in a dog - to quiet and loyal. He also comes in a smaller version - the Miniature Bull Terrier - which has the same characteristics.