The Bull Terrier’s stocky, muscular build gives it an unapproachable look, but this fun-loving breed is quite the opposite. Playful, young at heart and super friendly, the Bull Terrier is definitely the class clown and can make you laugh even on your grumpiest day.
Best known as Spuds MacKenzie and the dog from the Target advertisements, the Bull Terrier is a cross between Terrier dogs and Bulldogs. These Terrier-Bulldog crosses were seen as early as the 1800s, when a breed of dog was needed with the tenacity of a Bulldog and the dexterity of a Terrier. Around 1860, the breed was refined and distinguished by its all white coat. It was at this time that the Bull Terrier (or English Bull Terrier) gained the nickname “White Cavalier.”
Bull Terriers are loyal and loving, and often become very attached to their pet parents. An outdoor life is not for this breed, and neither is staying home alone too often. While Bull Terriers are great with children, their boisterous love of life occasionally needs to be reined in around them.
Although a loyal breed, Bull Terriers are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Bull Terriers are prone to include heart conditions such as mitral valve disease; neurological diseases such as cerebellar abiotrophy; hearing issues such as deafness; kidney diseases such as familial kidney disease; and eye problems such as keratoconjunctivitis sicca and entropion.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Bull Terrier’s health ever falls off target, you’re protected.