“When you have a bullie in your life, you have got a reason to live and laugh.”
Another one of the South African favourite dog breeds are the Bull Terriers. Bull Terriers are a very protective purebred breed and are better known as “Bullies” or “Varkhonde”. Another name they go by is the Gladiator. Bullies originated in the United Kingdom and falls under the terrier dog group. The most common colours black, brindle, brown, tricolour, and white. They are between 45 – 55 cm in height and about 30 kg in weight.
They have a short, rough coat and is low maintenance grooming needs with moderate shedding. They can be distinguished by their long face and their natural upright ears. Weekly brushing will assist in preventing over shedding. They have a friendly and obedient nature and are great with kids. They can be trained easily and they usually don’t bark often.
Even with their friendly nature, they can become aggressive when protective patterns are displayed. They are a tough, strong and powerful breed. They are also gentle and affectionate and playful.
Obedient training is a must, for these aggressive traits. Bullies need regular exercise, about 40 minutes daily as they are very energetic dogs. They’re tendency to drool, snore and bark are low. They don’t dig often and they display moderate attention seeking patterns. Bullies can live up to 11 – 14 years.
Bullies are loyal family dogs and great with kids. They are also a good guard dog with their protective and aggressive nature, but it would be recommended that training is provided.
Grooming needs: Low Maintenance
Standard: KUSA Registered
Size: Large (45 – 55 cm Height, +/- 30 kg
Life expectancy: 11 – 14 years
Temperament: Aggressive, Friendly, Playful, Protective
Major Concerns: Deafness, Kidney Problems
Minor Concerns: Heart Problems, Patellar Luxation
Suggested Tests: Cardiac, Eye, Hearing, UP:UC Ratio
Litter Size: Up to 9 puppies
“Not every person would know how to love a dog, but every bull terrier would definitely know how to love a person.” – Anonymous
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