Bull Terrier

Breed Summary

The Bull Terrier must be stocky, muscular, symmetrical and active, and come in two varieties: standard and miniature sizes with a keen determined and intelligent expression. They have a short coat, tapering tail, erect ears, and small, triangular, deep-set eyes. The most recognizable feature is its head, which is ‘egg-shaped head’ when viewed from the front; the top of the skull is almost flat. Their lower jaw is deep and strong. They are the only dogs with triangular eyes.

Country of Origin: England

AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 62 of 196

AKC Classification: Terrier group

UKC Classification: Terrier dog

Exercise Requirements: 40 minutes/day

Height: Female: 21 in.; Male: 22 in.

Weight: Female: 45-55 lbs.; Male: 55-65 lbs.

Physical traits: Strong, Muscular, Symmetrical

Personality traits/Temperament: Playful, Charming, Mischievous

Coat: Length: Short

Characteristics: Flat

Colors: White variety; white, with markings on head; colored variety; any color with white; brindle preferred

Overall Grooming Needs: Low

Energy Level: Very energetic

Tendency to Drool: Low

Tendency to Snore: Low

Tendency to Bark: Low

Tendency to Dig: Low

Social/Attention Needs: Moderate


Bull Terriers are generally plagued with some health issues. Their life expectancy is 12 to 13 years. They should be screened for kidney and heart issues, and pups should be tested for hearing before leaving the breeder. Deafness is a common problem in the puppies, which occurs in 20.4% of pure white Bull Terriers and 1.3% of colored Bull Terriers. They are also prone to certain skin problems like allergy and skin infection. A high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Flea control is also essential.


The Bull Terrier should do well on high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared. Add a high-quality dog multivitamin to complete the nutritional circle. Provide a diet according to the different stages of a dog (puppy, adult, or senior). They need a good diet that includes natural calcium, especially when they are youngsters. One expert breeder gives the dogs a little yogurt or whole milk in the morning and in the evening before bed. Don’t give human foods that are not safe for them. Consult with your veterinarian for further advice.


The Bull Terrier is extremely independent and very difficult to train. They are not recommended for timid or first-time dog owners. Without early socialization and training, Bull Terriers can be aggressive toward other dogs, animals, and people they do not know. Their training should be done with positive reinforcement, using rewards and praise, and avoiding punishment at all costs.


Bull Terriers require moderate exercise daily that provides good mental and physical stimulation, such as nice, long walks with the family. Use paw balm daily to protect their feet. The breed was developed for sport and to be a gentleman’s companion and possesses exceptional strength and agility. Terriers can perform at a variety of dog sports including agility, flyball, freestyle, weight pull, and carting.

Fun Fact

Bull Terriers are considered the clowns of the dog world.


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