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Bull Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Bull Terrier so you can get to know the breed more.

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Bull Terrier
OriginEngland
Other Names
What other names does the Bull Terrier have? The dog breed also known as...
English Bull Terrier, Bully, Gladiator
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Bull Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group
Is Bull Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Bull type Terriers section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Bull Terrier breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Bull Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Bull Terrier price:
$1200-$1500
If you choose to purchase the Bull Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Bull Terrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Bull Terrier gets to a happy place.
Availability
Very frequent

Bull Terrier History

Bull Terrier Origins & History

The Bull Terrier came into being by the crossing of a now-extinct white English White Terrier and a Bulldog approximately in 1835. The crossing of these ‘bull and terrier’ dogs and the Dalmatian resulted in the formation of the Bull Terrier. The breeders’ purpose was to create the best, the strongest-boned fighting dog breed since dog fighting was an extremely popular spectacle in the 18th century in England. For fifty years, until the dog-fightings were banned, their ears were fully cut off since they believed that these cannot be injured while fighting.

The systematic breeding of the Bull Terrier began around 1850 and can be associated with the name of a pet dealer James Hinks, who lived in Birmingham. In contrast to the previous approach, primarily he did not consider them as fighting dogs, rather as fashionable companion dogs. From the beginning, Hinks brought his own Bull Terriers to exhibitions since one of his aims was to rear a formally proper dog breed. The nickname of the Bull Terriers was ‘White Cavalier’ because of their courtliness toward people. These brave and fast dogs were also used for grubbing up rats.

The breed gained its popularity through brutal dog-fighting shows in the 18th and 19th centuries. Thanks to these shows, Bull Terriers seemed to be aggressive and snappy with their indefatigable nature. In spite of the belief, bull terriers are rather friendly and obedient dogs. However, in 1835, when dog-fightings were banned, was too late, people believed they are ruthless agonistic dogs.

The first Bull Terrier registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) was Nellie II in 1885. Two years later the ‘New Bull Terrier’ gained in popularity. In 1897, the Bull Terrier Club of America was formed.

One of the most well-known Bull Terriers was Patsy Ann, who greeted each ship that docked in Juneau, Alaska during the 1930s. Today, her spirit lives on in a bronze statue that was placed on the Juneau wharf in 1992.

A colored Bull Terrier, Rufus, made history in 2006 when he became the first colored Bull Terrier to win Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. The only white Bull Terrier to win the prestigious event was Ch. Haymarket Faultless in 1918. The breed's appearance has changed quite a bit since then.

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Bull Terrier General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Bull Terrier size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Bull Terrier weigh? Bull Terrier weight:
Male: 55-80 pounds (25-36 kg), Female: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Bull Terrier? Bull Terrier average weight:
Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Bull Terrier? Bull Terrier height:
Male: 22-24 inches (56-60 cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Bull Terrier average height:
Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Bull Terrier Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Bull Terrier have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
DenseSmooth
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Bull Terrier's coat?
BrownWhiteBrindleTricolorBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Bull Terrier and how often?
Effortless: The Bull Terrier requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Bull Terrier is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Bull Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the English Bull Terrier? Bull Terrier shedding level:
Bull Terriers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Bull Terrier need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Bull Terrier every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Bull Terrier Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Bull Terrier have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
ActiveProtectiveTrainableKeenSweetTempered
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Bull Terrier? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Bull Terrier's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Bull Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Bull Terriers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Bull Terrier is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Bull Terrier sensitivity:
Bull Terriers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Bull Terriers are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the English Bull Terrier need? Bull Terrier social needs:
Bull Terriers need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Bull Terrier dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Bully bark?
Low to Average: The Bull Terrier rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Bull Terrier good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Bull Terriers are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Bull Terrier dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Bull Terrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Bull Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Bull Terrier can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Bull Terrier will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Bull Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the English Bull Terrier? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Bull Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Bull Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Bull Terrier has a hard bite?
Between 200 and 400 PSI
Ordinary: Average dogs have bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Bull Terrier, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Bull Terrier do?
Bull Terriers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Bull Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Bull Terrier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Bull Terrier roam?
Bull Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Bull Terrier have high prey drive?
Bull Terriers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Bull Terriers are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Bull Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Lakásbarát kutya Bull Terrier fajta. Legjobb, ha van egy kis kerted, ahová néha kimehet elintézni dolgát, ugyanakkor ez egyáltalán nem fontos. Napi egy-két sétával kellőképpen lemozgathatod, , így komfortosan megoldható Bull Terrier tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Bull Terriers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Bull Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Bull Terrier dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Bull Terrier Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Bull Terrier temperament with other people:
Bull Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Bull Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Bull Terrier temperament with children:
Bull Terriers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Bull Terrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Bull Terriers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Bull Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Bull Terrier dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Bull Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Bull Terrier is not a good choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Bull Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Bull Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Bull Terrier be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Bull Terrier is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Bull Terrier be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Bull Terrier be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Bull Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Bull Terrier be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Bull Terrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Office Friendly
Are Bull Terriers good office dogs? Do Bull Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can Bull Terriers be office dogs?
No
Bull Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Bull Terrier be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Bull Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Bull Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the English Bull Terrier temperament with senior people? Are Bull Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
Bull Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Bull Terrier be a boat dog?
Not really
Bull Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Bull Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are Bull Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Bull Terriers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Bull Terrier be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Bull Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Bull Terrier Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Bull Terrier dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Bull Terrier rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Bull Terrier breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Bull Terrier breed? Most common health risks of Bull Terrier:
DeafnessHeart MurmursHereditary NephritisLens LuxationSpinning
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Bull Terrier breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Bull Terrier see the vet?
Rare
The Bull Terrier should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Bull Terrier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Bull Terrier be? What is the age limit of the Bull Terrier? How many years can the oldest Bull Terrier live?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Bull Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
No
Bull Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Bull Terrier have? What is the activity level of the Bull Terrier?
Bull Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Bull Terrier dogs require per day?
Bull Terriers need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Bull Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Bull Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Bull Terrier risk for obesity:
High: The Bull Terrier breed has a strong tendency to overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Bull Terrier more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Bull Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Bull Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Bull Terrier drool?
The Bull Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Bull Terrier could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Bull Terrier. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Bull Terrier Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Bull Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Bull Terrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
1-9 puppies, average 5

Bull Terrier Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Bull Terrier's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Bull Terriers are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Apartment Friendly: Lakásbarát kutya Bull Terrier fajta.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Bull Terrier requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Bull Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Bull Terriers are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Bull Terriers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Bull Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Bull Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Bull Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: High: The Bull Terrier breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
  • Mouthiness: Bull Terriers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Bull Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Bull Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Cat Friendly: Bull Terriers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Bull Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Bull Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Bull Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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Bull Terrier Comments, Reviews & Questions

  • David

    Apr 19, 2021, 2:31:50 PM:

    Its Walter!!!!!!!!!!!

  • J

    Feb 12, 2021, 5:16:17 PM:

  • Bullterier

    Dec 9, 2020, 8:38:38 PM:

    Have lived my whole 20 years of life with two bull terriers by side and couldn't have had better companions.