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bull terrier,

breed of large, muscular terrierterrier,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs originally bred to start small game and vermin from their burrows or, in the case of several breeds in this group, to go to earth and kill their prey. Today these dogs are raised chiefly as pets.
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 originating in England around 1835. It stands from 19 to 22 in. (48.3–55.9 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 30 to 36 lb (13.6–16.3 kg). Its short, flat-lying, harsh coat is glossy white or, in the colored variety, most popularly brindle with white markings. Developed for dogfighting from a cross of bulldog and a now extinct English terrier, the bull terrier was renowned for its courage, strength, and intelligence. However, down through the years English breeders placed increasing emphasis on the breed's overall disposition and less on its aggressiveness. As a result, the bull terrier of today is a friendly, gentle dog that makes a responsible and devoted companion. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal and fox also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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bull terrier

a breed of terrier having a muscular body and thick neck, with a short smooth often white coat: developed by crossing the bulldog with various terriers
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Tito, another Staffordshire bull terrier, is 18 months old and was taken into Cardiff Dogs' Home as a stray.
Celia Walsom, Petlog Executive said: "The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is one of the nation's most popular breeds and unfortunately comes out at the top of the missing list.
But he found out they were pit bull terriers when they were seized by police under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
The report said that this is the second time the bull terrier killed another dog.
Vera Westwood of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club said: "Paul gives us support at shows and helps with donations.
Staffordshire bull terriers are the modern descendants of the old bull and terriers breed, used in bear and bull baiting until the mid–1800s.
Mr Watkins told the court: "It is the prosecution case that the defendant had possession or control of six pit bull terrier type dogs, and that there is clear evidence that he knew a lot about the dogs.
Staffordshire bull terriers in particular - known as "Staffies" - have become popular in recent years and are liked by gangs.
Linda Oliver's guide dog, Zoe, was attacked at a busy summer event by a Staffordshire bull terrier.
The charity's 13 regional centres took in 615 Staffordshire bull terriers and crosses in 2009.
They were among 507 Staffordshire bull terriers and Staffie-crosses rehomed nationally, the highest number for any breed of dog.
In countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia, where American pit bull terriers have been banned, research for the Journal of Veterinary Behavior says that there is no evidence that these breed- specific laws significantly reduce the number of dog attacks.