Bull Terrier

Dog Breed Profile
Bull Terrier

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• High energy level
• Medium exercise needs
• Very playful
• Moderately Affectionate
• Shy towards other dogs
• Friendly around other pets
• Friendly around strangers
• Easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Very protective
• Low grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• Medium tolerance to cold


The Bull Terrier gets his name honestly; he’s stubborn to the end. They are a dog breed that is very devoted and attached to their families, playful and energetic but also very sweet and affectionate. They are not happy to be left alone, and they can be overly excited around young children. The Bull Terrier may not get along well with other dogs or animals and require sufficient exercise so that they do not become destructive in the home.

The Bull Terrier requires obedience training to help cope with their stubborn and mischievous nature. They have a muscular build, and very strong jaws, both of which give him his tough appearance.

  • Cannot be expected to live outdoors
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for are his hearing (whites), UP:UC ratio for kidney function, heart and eyes
  • Grooming needs include an occasional brush
  • The Bull Terrier is an affectionate and friendly, playful animal that is easy to train
  • Has a great relationship with family members, young and old, is very
  • protective and makes a great watchdog
  • The average size of a male is 60 to 70lbs and 21 to 22 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 50 to 60lbs and 21 to 22 inches tall

Care & Health:

Be sure to give your Bull Terrier a good work out every day either in the form of a good run or long walk. He’s not happy unless he’s close to his family so he should be allowed to live indoors.

His coat only requires an occasional brushing.

Major Health Concerns:

– deafness (whites), kidney problems

Minor Health Concerns:

– heart problems, patellar luxation and occasionally lens luxation

Test for:

– hearing (whites), UP:UC ratio for kidney function, heart and eyes

Life Span:

– 11 to 14 years

Breed History:

Originating in the 1800s, the Bull Terrier was bred from the Old English terrier and a bulldog, and later a Spanish pointer, resulting in a breed that was ideal for bull baiting and dog fighting. Once dog fighting was outlawed, the Bull Terrier began to be recognized as a show dog, and further breeding produced an all-white dog.

This new dog was a hit, and he also became a popular pet for young men, and soon became known as the White Cavaliers. In the beginning of the 20th century they were again crossed with another breed, this time with the Staffordshire Bull Terriers and once again the breed had color.

The Bull Terrier was recognized by the AKC in 1936, and while the white is still more popular, both varieties have devoted fans.

  • Family history is terrier, mastiff (bull)
  • Originally from England
  • First bred in the 1800’s
  • Original purpose was dog fighting
  • Today they are used for companions
  • Also known as English bull terrier