Bull Terrier

50-60 lbs
21-22"
England
Bull and Terrier, White Cavaliers

The Bull Terrier breed is a loving and loyal family dog and companion today, however, when it originated, the breed was used for dog fighting and later for guarding, ratting and herding.  The breed originated with the crossing of Bulldogs and a now extinct breed called the Old English Terrier and was later crossed with a white Bulldog and white English Terriers to obtain a white Bull Terrier.  The white Bull Terrier became a gentleman’s companion and earned the nickname of White Cavalier as they rode in the carriages of English gentry. The Bull Terrier sports a football-shaped head and a muscular body with a swagger that really gets attention.  He has become a loyal and loving companion for people of all ages, though not the best companion for small children due to his natural exuberance.  He is a very social breed, not the barky type but definitely protective and territorial.  He loves to be with his human family, walk every day and requires only weekly brushings except during shedding periods.

Purpose
dog fighting
Date of Origin
1800s
Ancestry
bulldog, old english terrier

Bull Terrier Health

Sketch of Bull Terrier
Average Size
Male Bull Terrier size stats
Height: 21-22 inches Weight: 60-70 lbs
Female Bull Terrier size stats
Height: 21-22 inches Weight: 50-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Deafness (Whites)
  • Kidney Problems
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Lethal Acrodermatitis
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Eye Disease
  • Laryngeal Paralysis
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • Eye
  • Blood Test
  • Hearing (Whites)
  • Up:Uc Ratio For Kidney Function
  • Skin Scraping

Bull Terrier Breed History

The Bull Terrier breed was born in England in the 1800s with the crossing of the Bulldog and a now extinct breed called the Old English Terrier and later a Spanish Terrier to add some height to the new breed.  What came from this crossing of breeds was a strong and muscular breed that was initially used for dog fighting but later as companions.  In 1860, interest was increasing for an all white breed and, in response to this interest, James Hinks crossed the “bull and terrier” with a white English Terrier and a Dalmatian, producing a much more fashionable white Bull Terrier.  The breed was especially appreciated by gentlemen for the fighting aspect (while it was still legal then), making quite a hit at those oh so well-attended entertainment venues.  The breed became the carriage companion of many English gentry, being seen riding proudly next to the gentleman in his carriage through the park. The temperament, intelligence and strength of the breed was such that it could be trained to protect itself and its master while not provoking a fight and, in this role, the Bull Terrier began to be referred to as the “white cavalier”. Over time, the Bull Terrier has been utilized as a guard dog, a rat hunter and herder in addition to companionship.  The breed is available in white and colors and a standard size as well as a mini version, both having the same types of personalities and temperaments.  The breed requires firm discipline and training as well as strong socialization training, beginning from early puppyhood.

Bull Terrier Breed Appearance

The Bull Terrier is a strong, stocky and muscular breed whose body is slightly longer than it is tall.  With moderately long front legs and hind legs that are characterized by strong, muscular thighs, the round, compact and catlike feet may seem a bit out of place on such a stocky and muscular animal. However, these feet and legs carry the Bull Terrier in an agile and powerful gait.  The breed sports a head that strongly resembles a football, having a head that is long and strong with a deep muzzle and a flat forehead that runs from ear to ear.  The Bull Terrier has small, thin ears which are close together at the top of the head and this breed is the only one with triangular shaped eyes recognized by AKC.  They are sunken, small and dark and give one a glinting intelligent expression.  The usually black nose has well developed nostrils and the teeth meet in a scissors or level bite.  The breed’s neck is tapered from head to shoulders and is long and strong.  The tail is short, set low and is generally carried in the horizontal position, thick at the base and tapering to a point.  The coat is short and flat, has a glossy sheen but is coarse to the touch and comes in white and colors.

Appearance of Bull Terrier
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Bull Terrier eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Bull Terrier nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
red Bull Terrier coat
Red
brindle Bull Terrier coat
Brindle
pied Bull Terrier coat
Pied
white Bull Terrier coat
White
fawn Bull Terrier coat
Fawn
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Bull Terrier straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Bull Terrier Breed Maintenance

The Bull Terrier doesn’t require a great deal of grooming -- just brush him once or twice a week to remove any loose hair and only bath him when he really needs it.  Keep his ears clean and his nails trimmed and he’s good to go. Giving him a rub down when you’re playing with him will help to reduce the shedding and keep his coat shining.  His coat is not hypoallergenic so these little steps will help to reduce the shedding issues.  Of course, he should have his teeth cleaned and checked by your veterinary professional who can provide guidance about teeth cleaning at home.  He loves to play and is quite the active comic as he sometimes chases anything that moves!  Seriously though, he really does need to be exercised daily and this can be done inside or outside -- he does love his walks.  He is an indoor type of dog, not only because of his coat but because he doesn’t do well when separated from his human family.  He needs his attention and affection and doesn’t like to be left alone.  He can live in any size house or apartment and run and play in any size yard or park.  It is important to socialize puppies as early in life as possible so that they don’t develop domineering tendencies. The Bull Terrier breed likes meat as much as any other mammal but he does best when his dietary regimen is balanced, whether with a commercially made food or a homemade, fresh diet.

Brushes for Bull Terrier
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Bull Terrier requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Bull Terrier Temperament

Bull Terriers have been described with terms like stubborn and comical with imagination. The breed is generally good-natured and does well with families, though families with small children will need to monitor his activities closely since he can be rambunctious in his play and small children may not be able to handle this behavior.  He doesn’t like to be teased as small children can sometimes do. Families with older more respectful children may be better suited to his temperament. They can be protective especially if they sense that a family member is in danger.  It’s a good idea to socialize them early with strangers.  He can be overly domineering with smaller animals who also live in the household.  He is very trainable, with firm and positive encouragement.  He is very energetic and loves to exercise, play and walk any distance you’re up to and still, he loves to just be near you and the family he loves.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Bull Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Bull Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of Bull Terrier at six months
Male Bull Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 34 lbs
Female Bull Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 33 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of Bull Terrier at 12 months
Male Bull Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 55 lbs
Female Bull Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 52 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of Bull Terrier at 18 months
Male Bull Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 65 lbs
Female Bull Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 57 lbs

Top Bull Terrier Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Bull Terrier breeders of 2018.
Top Bull Terrier breeder Glentom Bull Terriers
Glentom Bull Terriers
Glenwood, Arkansas
Top Bull Terrier breeder St George BTs & Omega Miniature BTs
St George BTs & Omega Miniature BTs
Johnstown, Ohio
Top Bull Terrier breeder Cartoon Pets
Cartoon Pets
Corning, California
Top Bull Terrier breeder Phantom Long Face Bull Terriers
Phantom Long Face Bull Terriers
Big Cabin, Oklahoma
Top Bull Terrier breeder Top Notch Bull Terriers
Top Notch Bull Terriers
Vinton, Ohio
Top Bull Terrier breeder Ramirez Bull Terriers
Ramirez Bull Terriers
Leavenworth, Kansas
Top Bull Terrier breeder ​​Kessler Bull Terriers
​​Kessler Bull Terriers
Spanish Fort, Alabama
Top Bull Terrier breeder Pound 4 Pound Bull Terriers
Pound 4 Pound Bull Terriers
York, Pennsylvania

Bull Terrier Owner Experiences

Mia
2 Years
2 People
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The best loving soul and she has a very big heart, requires a walk daily to get rid of energy
1 month, 4 weeks ago
Apollo
20 Weeks
4 People
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I love him other than the nipping! He is si cute!
4 months, 3 weeks ago
9 Years
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I have walked and worked with Bull Terriers before and they are pretty awesome dogs! The one in particular that I have worked with many times is such a sweet girl and has such a personality! She has some health issues that restrict her diet quite a bit and allergies that has her always licking/biting her paws to the point they get swollen. These issues don’t seem to phase her and she is always a happy girl, or at least when she is getting her way! She definitely has a stubborn side, but is so much fun to be around. She will let you know when she wants something or is not too pleased about something. She is an excellent guard dog as she will alert you when someone is walking by or approaching the house. She is a fun and very interesting pup!
10 months ago
1 Year
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Eating Snacks
Explore the city
Chase
Play
Catch treats
Walk
Bowie is a really fun dog to walk--until the end of the walk. He stays in a cage during the day and when he's let out he sprawls across the living room mat like a big wet noodle. Getting him leashed up is a bit of a challenge due to his floppy nature, his lack of desire to stand up, and his sharp little puppy teeth. Once he's finally leashed up, getting him to start moving is nearly impossible and he often needs to be carried down the stairs and outside. Outside, his floppy nature continues, but his friendliness overrides his desire to lay around. His leash needs to be kept tight otherwise he would happily jump on every stranger that passed by. Next door to his home there is a tae kwon do class where there is often a group of men hanging out outside. Bowie and the fellas love hanging out with one another--he is so happy and so friendly! After we part from the fellas she often walks only a few steps before flopping down onto the ground and refusing to get up; she does this many times during each walk and sometimes he attempts to do so in the middle of the road. One trick that I learned that helped keep him keep up momentum, to practice tricks, and to quit jumping on strangers was to give him a stick. Using this technique he starts out pretty well behaved, but his energy level gets progressively higher. After a few minutes of playing he often needs a break because he starts jumping and snapping at the stick (awfully close to my hand). I try to calm him and refocus his attention by having him run through his basic tricks, but he has a difficult time doing so. The most challenging part of the walk is putting him back into his cage. He is resistant to going into the cage and is also possessive of his personal space; this behavior seemed to get worse each time I had the opportunity to take him for a walk. I would attempt to take the process as slowly as possible and try to keep his mind focused on tricks and treats instead of allowing him think about the cage or his space. He, nevertheless, would growl a little and, on occasion, has even snapped at me as I was closing the last of the cage's latches. Because of this tendency, he was scheduled for a reoccurring walker so he would have consistent influence and the ability to work specifically on this behavior.
10 months ago
4 Years
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Running
Fetch
Bull Terriers are very strong and very stubborn. They also need long walks to get exercise. The one I walked was very friendly being that I was a stranger, and was very well trained. Even so, I had to keep an eye for lizards and cats, as she would burst to catch them. I recommend keeping a short leash and strong control with commands to keep them in check.
10 months ago
7 Years
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Sniffing
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I had a great time walking the Bull Terrier I walked! She was very friendly and well behaved on the leash. She gave me no trouble at all on the walk itself or in the process of putting her leash on. She was great with other dogs and meeting people along the way, and it was clear that she lived with young children by how well she handled meeting kids on our walk.
10 months ago
5 Years
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Jumping
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chewing
He was very high energy! He was a rescue, so he wasn't very good with other dogs or people. He was sweet as can be if you give him a second to warm up to you. Very strong!
10 months ago
5 Years
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Playing around
Fetching
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Where do I even start with this devilishly handsome breed! For starters these dogs definitely have an amazing amount of energy which they're ready to spend at any given time. I find that they play well with other breeds regardless of the stereotype they have to their name. French Bull Dogs and Boston Terriers make great matches for the Bull Terrier in my experience. These dogs are great for fetching balls even though they may not always bring it back. If you're looking for a playfully bossy pup that'll keep you busy as well as calming company I would definitely recommend the Bull Terrier. From running the block to sitting back to watch some telly they're the literal meaning of mans best friend. I find that they grow very close to their owners and family. They are extremely loyal and can be very goofy. The Bull Terrier will definitely make it's way to your heart if you give them the chance. From the beautiful shape of their heads to the funny run they have they're all around great companions.
10 months ago
6 Years
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Not only do I have a bull terrier of my own, but I make it a point to walk as many as possible as I am in love with the breed. Clowns in dog suits 100%. Bull terriers mostly just want to have fun all of the time. They can be quite stubborn when it comes to training but they are incredibly driven so if you're ready to put in the work, their ready to learn. My experience with bull terriers is always a good one. These dogs are so incredibly loyal and all they want to do is see you smile and laugh.
10 months ago
9 Years
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Tug of war
Walking
I grew up loving this breed of dog as it was one that was on one of the commercials on tv that became a huge popular commercial. Spud Mackenzie was the name of this bull terrier. The bull terrier I walked was nine years old and was an old grumpy man that didn’t really enjoy his walks. Again he was old and pretty fragile so I had to be very cautious with him and gentle. I know that they are known to be great dogs and I’m sure if I’d had the opportunity to meet him when he was younger, the experience would have been completely different. He still was super gentle and not at all aggressive with other dogs and always happy when I showed up to walk him. I know that they have athletic abilities in them especially when there is a skateboard around. I will always enjoy this dog breed.
10 months, 1 week ago
9 Years
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Bull Terriers can be both independent and stubborn[3] and for this reason are not considered suitable for an inexperienced dog owner. A Bull Terrier has an even temperament and is amenable to discipline. Although obstinate, they are particularly good with people.[4] Early socialisation will ensure that the dog will get along with other dogs and animals.[5] Their personality is described as courageous, full of spirit, with a fun-loving attitude,[4] a children-loving dog and a perfect family member. A 2008 study in Germany showed that Bull Terriers have no significant temperament difference from Golden retrievers in overall temperament researches.[6]
10 months, 1 week ago
3 Years
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Bull Terriers are an awesome breed with an unfortunate stigma. Unlike many other breeds, the Bull Terrier was designed fight. They are a block of solid muscle, giving them a very tough appearance. Like any other breed, they are still naturally mans best friend! Bull Terriers are one of the most loyal and obedient breeds if they are raised in a loving environment.
10 months, 1 week ago
Rox
2 Days
1 People
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She's a lovey dog. I will only have this breed as it is good on my asthma with the short hair and also pit bulls.
10 months, 4 weeks ago
Book me a walkiee?
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