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Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier is a powerful breed that is fun loving and easy to groom. This native of England requires early socialization and an owner as strong-minded as he is.

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Physical Characteristics
  • Muscular build
  • Short, thick coat
  • Come in two color varieties; predominantly white, which may have markings on the head or predominantly any color other than white such as brindle
  • Head slopes downward and is egg shaped
  • Small, almond-shaped eyes
  • Carries tail straight out
  • Height: 20-24 inches; miniature bull terrier is 10-14 inches
  • Weight: 45-80 pounds; miniature bull terrier is 24-33 pounds
  • Average lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Happy-go-lucky, fun, loyal, obedient, fearless, willful, territorial
  • Interaction with people: Good family dog; good with mature children - cannot tolerate teasing
  • Interaction with animals: Male dogs may not get along with other male dogs; not recommended with other pets
  • Level of attention needed: Needs significant human companionship and affection
  • Training: Needs firm training and early socialization
  • Protection: Good watchdog
Medical Conditions
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
At Home
  • OK for apartments with sufficient exercise
  • Enjoys running outside in a safe area
  • Prefers warmer climates
  • Easily groomed
  • Average shedder
  • Brush and comb occasionally
  • Sheds heavily twice a year
Other Facts
  • Only barks when necessary
  • Pure white bull terriers were nicknamed "white cavaliers" and were fashionable pets with English aristocrats
  • One famous bull terrier was Spuds MacKenzie from the 1980s Bud Light ad campaign; his real name was Honey Tree Evil Eye
Breed History
  • Native to England, developed in the 1860s and 1870s
  • Used for dog fighting
  • Developed from a cross between the bulldog, Old English terrier and Spanish pointer
  • Others were used as guards, herders, ratters and watchdogs
  • Bred down to a smaller size to be more docile
For more information about this breed and breeder referral contacts, please visit the Bull Terrier Club of America For breed rescue opportunities, visit BTCA Rescue Network
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