Bull and Terrier
|Bull and Terrier
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
|Progenitor to the
Bull Terrier and
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Bull and Terrier is a
The Bull and Terrier is a cross between the
Old English Bulldog and the
Old English Terrier. The anatomy of the Bull and Terrier is the result of
selective breeding for the purpose of
The Old English Bulldog was bred for
bull-baiting. Its life depended on "Go Low, Pin and Hold". Such a breed was
unsuitable for fighting other dogs in the pit. Once an Old English Bulldog got a
good grip, there would be little left for the spectators to see, except for two
dogs gripping each other, closing their jaws tighter and tighter.
Required were quick attacks, new grips, and tricks, which made up the drama
of a dog fight that appealed to spectators,
and dog owners. The introduction of English Terrier blood provided longer legs,
fiery temperament, and speed, which provided entertaining fights.
The crossing of bulldog and terrier produced a dog that no longer belonged to
either foundation breed. The new breed was called the Bull and Terrier. With
attributes such as ferociousness, aggressiveness, and intelligence, there were
few fighting tasks it could not perform better than other breeds of those times.
In 1835, with the banning of
the breed was placed in jeopardy of extinction; however, while
bear-baiting laws were enforced, dog fighting flourished, so the Bull and
Terrier lived on. Around
1860, the Bull and
Terrier breed split into two branches, the pure white
Terrier and the coloured forms that lived on for another seventy years in
the dog pit until they finally were recognized as a legitimate dog breed called
Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Famous Bull and Terriers
A celebrated Bull and Terrier named "Billy", weighing approximately 26
pounds, had a proud
rat-baiting career crowned on
1823, when a world
record was set with a hundred rats killed in five-and-a-half minutes.
Sporting Magazine described "Dustman" as a very famous and talented fighting
dog, which represented the optimal Bull and Terrier type.
According to accounts in the
Sporting Magazine from the year
1804, a Bull and
Terrier named "Trusty" was just as famous throughout
Emperor Napoleon. Trusty went undefeated in one hundred and four
- Fleig, D. (1996). Fighting Dog Breeds. T.F.H. Publications Inc.
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