Breed Type: Terrier

Country of Origin: England
Size: Medium
Also known as: English Bull Terrier
Males: Height: 51 – 61 cm Weight: 11 – 15 kg
Females: Height: 51 – 61 cm Weight: 11 – 15 kg
Exercise Requirements:  Moderate
Care Requirements:  Low
Lifespan:  10 – 12 Years
Best Suited as: Family Pet

Bull Terrier dogs are considered to be powerful but friendly. This breed is always longing for attention and is also always ready to play. Similar to other types of terriers, people consider the Bulls as dogs filled with tenacity and a bit of stubbornness. However, they love participating in activities together with their owners. These dogs are alert and capable of performing complex task with agility, energy, and determination. Although considered as tenacious, Bull Terriers are child-friendly because they are not easily annoyed by how children play. They do not even bark except for the situation that they feel threatening or cases that owners must be alerted. These dogs are energetic, and owners must keep in mind that Bull Terrier dogs should be controlled as early as possible. Otherwise, they might become aggressive and destructive.

Most Bull Terrier dogs were muscular and obviously built with a strong body structure. The entire body is quite round, and the back of this breed is quite short. The head of the Bulls is a bit long and oval. The head appears to be flat over the top that slopes lightly down to the dog’s nose. A typical Bull Terrier has a black nose. The shape of its eyes is similar to that of an almond that appears with depth and dark. The ears, on the other hand, are small and thinner compared to the other terriers. In addition, the ears are a bit closer to each other unlike the typical ear structure of dogs. The neck of these dogs were long and adjacent to it is the dog’s bulk and muscular shoulders. The coat of a Bull Terrier is quite dense, flat, and short. People may find some of these dogs in pure white while some can also be found in various colors.

In the past, a lot of people find this breed strong, aggressive, and to be approached with caution. Nowadays, people consider the breed much gentler than before. Its temper is quite repressed; however, when crucial situation comes, the Bull Terrier is always ready to protect its owner from any harm. This breed cannot be considered as a guarding dog; however, owners still find the Bull Terrier as a pet for protection. Dogs under this breed have the courage to protect their owner. Loyalty, fun, and obedience are simply a natural part of their character.

The breed developed and recognized in the nineteenth century. Experts claimed that the breed is a crossing of an English Bull Dog together with an English Terrier. The terrier ancestor of the Bull Terriers is now extinct. From the very beginning, most people failed to recognize this breed correctly. They always associate the Bull Terrier dogs to the American Pit Bull Terrier dogs. Remember, the two are unrelated. Looking back at how the breed became popular, people will notice that the Bull Terrier dogs joined some Hollywood movies. This fact is not surprising because this breed is extremely obedient and has strong mental capabilities.

Care and Grooming:
Grooming is neither a difficult task nor a burden to consider for a Bull Terrier dog. Most owners can brush them on a weekly basis. Brushing their coat is extremely beneficial because it will help to maintain the shine of their luscious coating. At the same time, brushing will lessen the amount of hair that the dog sheds. The coating of this breed is quite sensitive to seasonal changes. During spring or fall, their hair sheds more than the average so owners should plan their grooming sessions accordingly. Experts highly recommend that owners should brush the coating of their Bull Terriers daily when spring or fall comes.

Daily bathing is not necessary for this terrier breed. People may opt to use dry shampoo for dogs instead of bathing the Bull Terrier dogs each and every day. The dry shampoo and a damp cloth will help owners to make the Bull Terrier dogs look fresh and smell pleasant. As a basic rule for dogs, this breed must also be checked for possible ear infection. Ear irritation and infection should be treated with expert-approved treatment solution. Brushing the dog’s teeth should also be done every week in order to prevent tartar build up and foul breath.

Overfeeding this breed of dog should be avoided as much as possible. This certain breed of terriers can easily gain weight compared to other terriers. Their life span ranges from 10 to 12 years. The dogs under this breed are likely to experience a dislocation of kneecaps, cardiovascular ailments, kidney deficiencies, and allergies. The Bull Terrier dogs are also like to experience zinc deficiency, which cause most of their death rates. In addition, they are also likely to become deaf if ear infections are left untreated and worsen.

Suitability as a Pet:
A lot of owners love this breed as a pet because these dogs are always active and playful. This breed has the tendency to become attached to a certain individual in the family. However, during the mealtime of these dogs, it is best not to disturb them because they tend to become more aggressive when eating. Moderate exercise is enough for this breed which makes it more suitable as a pet for any household.


The best training course for Bull Terrier dogs is obedience training. A full-sized Bull Terrier dog is stronger than the other dogs in similar size. Training should be done as early as possible because this breed is difficult to train when it reaches adulthood. Dogs in this breed are intelligent and capable of learning quickly. However, they tend to become stubborn or disobedient because of their strong will. The secret when training Bull Terrier lies on patience and consistency.


Bull Terrier Organisations in Australia
Bull Terrier Club of WA

Bull Terrier Organisations in the UK
Bull Terrier Club (UK) Welfare Trust

Bull Terrier Organisations in the US
American Kennel Club – Bull Terrier

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