Bull Terrier Breed Summary
Happy, Affectionate, Comical, Intelligent and Protective
These dogs are well-known for their unique and powerful looks, though they are very gentle and affectionate at heart. In fact, they get on extremely well with children! However, some do have a stubborn streak so training needs to begin as early as possible.
Bull Terrier puppies are extremely cute, so it is very easy to spoil them. As they are fairly intelligent, they will learn how to dominate many situations, allowing them to get away with murder - So make sure you don't turn your Bull into a brat!
Fun Fact: These dogs are prone to having OCD, such as chasing their tails!
|Kennel Club Group||Terrier|
|Lifespan||10 - 14 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males and Females 50cm - 61cm|
|Weight||Males and Females 20kg - 29kg|
|Coat||Flat, Short and Harsh. Glossy with a Soft Undercoat|
|Colour||Black Brindle, Black Brindle & White, Brindle, Brindle & White, Fawn, Fawn & White, Red, Red & White, Tricolour, White, White with Black Head Markings, White with Black Markings, White with Brindle Head Mark, White with Brindle Markings, White with Fawn Head Markings, White with Fawn Markings, White with Red Head Markings, White with Red Markings, White with Tricolour Head Mark, White with Tricolour Markings|
|Eye colour||Black or Dark Brown|
|Common health issues||Deafness, Heart disease, Kidney disease, Patellar luxation, Umbilical Hernia, Acne|
|Other Names||Bully, The White Cavalier, Gladiator|
These dogs, though they may have been developed for fighting, actually make delightful family pets. They are highly intelligent and need lots of daily mental stimulation to keep them from getting bored. Their strong sense of humour will have you rolling around on the floor in fits of laughter! However, because these guys have terrier in them, they tend to be fairly stubborn, meaning they're not necessarily the best option for first-time owners. They will require a lot of training and will need to be taught their place in the pack! Because they love their ‘hoomans’ so much, they don’t do well on their own for long periods of times, which can lead to separation anxiety, so will need someone to be home with them most of the day. However, with the right family, they make fantastic pets.
Bull Terrier's were developed at the start of the 19th century in response to a need for a dog that could both control vermin and take part in blood sports. They are a cross between the Old English Bulldog, which is now extinct, and Old English Terriers and it’s thought this would combine the speed and skill of the Terrier with the persistence of the Bulldog! There was a real lack of preservation for this breeds’ original form and a lack of breeding standards led to the breed eventually dividing into two, the breed we see today and also the Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Bull Terrier's were first officially recognised by the Kennel Club in 1917, with the first dog donning the very noble name of ‘Lord Gladiator’.