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Fiercely loyal with the heart of a gladiator, the “White Cavalier” (as the White Bull Terrier is known) is one of the world’s most entertaining canines. Known for his clownish antics and his insatiable desire to have a good time, the egg-headed Bull Terrier, whether White or Colored, is a fun, adaptable dog able to live in the city, suburb, or country, an ideal choice for active families with children. This Comprehensive Owner’s Guide is an excellent introduction to the breed, retelling the breed’s history in England and America and detailing the breed’s many special characteristics. Author Bethany Gibson is joined by Bull Terrier breeder and judge David Harris for a special section on the breed’s development in the United States.

New owners will welcome the well-prepared chapter on finding a reputable breeder and selecting a healthy, sound puppy. Chapters on puppy-proofing the home and yard, purchasing the right supplies for the puppy as well as house-training, feeding, and grooming are illustrated with photographs of handsome adults and puppies. In all, there are over 135 full-color photographs in this useful and reliable volume. The author’s advice on obedience training will help the reader better mold and train into the most well-mannered dog in the neighborhood. The extensive and lavishly illustrated chapter on healthcare provides up-to-date detailed information on selecting a qualified veterinarian, vaccinations, preventing and dealing with parasites, infectious diseases, and more. Sidebars throughout the text offer helpful hints, covering topics as diverse as historical dogs, breeders, or kennels, toxic plants, first aid, crate training, carsickness, fussy eaters, and parasite control. Fully indexed.

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