About Breed

Bull Terrier


Available Pets

Weight: 50–85 pounds

Height: 18–22 inches

Clubs, Registries & Associations

  • American Canine Association
  • Continental Kennel Club
  • Universal Kennel Club International
  • American Kennel Club
  • United All Breed Registry
  • America's Pet Registry, Inc.
  • United Kennel Club

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Group

Terrier

Heritage

In 1860, James Hinks an English dog dealer, developed the first Bull Terrier (all white color) by crossing the Bull and Terriers breed with an English White Terrier. This breed, known as the White Cavalier, was later crossed with brindle Staffordshires to produce color variations in the breed, also breeding for the egg-shaped head. This breed has been used as a herding dog, watch dog, as well as hunting vermin.

Description

Medium, 20-24” at the shoulders, weighing anywhere from 45-80 pounds. The Bull Terrier has a powerful, muscular body with a short, dense, coarse coat in colors of white, black, brindle, red, fawn, and tri-color.

Health Awareness

The Bull Terrier Dog has a life expectancy of 10-12 years and is prone to slipped patella, kidney failure, skin and flea allergies, heart problems, deafness, and zinc deficiency.

Personality

The Bull Terrier is scrappy, independent, challenging, tireless, polite and often downright silly and clownish. They love to cuddle, spend every waking minute with their family, and are not the breed to leave alone while you work for 8 hours. This breed needs your companionship. They like stability and structure, and can become stressed and destructive without it. They are strong physically and strong-willed and you need to be a calm, knowledgeable and humane owner giving consistent and committed leadership to your Bull Terrier using only motivational training methods. Every Bull Terrier owner can tell you about “hucklebutting” where their dog will run in a choreographed full speed fashion, butt tucked under, bounding and bouncing in circles. Socialize well, train young and you’ll thoroughly enjoy living with this active snuggle bug.

Exercise/Energy Level

Very high energy and extremely active, the Bull Terrier needs plenty of daily exercise and requires a long, daily walk or jog with off-leash play in a safe area. This breed tends to easily become overweight.

Additional Information

 Grooming Requirements:   Requires regular brushing and bathe only when necessary.
 Coat: Short and smooth
 Shedding: Average shedding
 Hypoallergenic: No
 Apartment Living: Good for apartment living if given sufficient exercise
 Lap Dog: No
 Good With Children: Good with older children who understand how to respect a dog's boundaries; this breed can be too vigorous and powerful for small children.
 Good With Other Pets: Socialize, socialize, and socialize this breed for they are generally not trustworthy with other pets; can be dog aggressive especially intact male dogs.

General Appearance

The Bull Terrier must be strongly built, muscular, symmetrical and active, with a keen determined and intelligent expression, full of fire but of sweet disposition and amenable to discipline.

Head

Head---Should be long, strong and deep right to the end of the muzzle, but not coarse. Full face it should be oval in outline and be filled completely up giving the impression of fullness with a surface devoid of hollows or indentations, i.e., egg shaped. In profile it should curve gently downwards from the top of the skull to the tip of the nose. The forehead should be flat across from ear to ear. The distance from the tip of the nose to the eyes should be perceptibly greater than that from the eyes to the top of the skull. The underjaw should be deep and well defined.

Lips---Should be clean and tight.

Teeth---Should meet in either a level or in a scissors bite. In the scissors bite the upper teeth should fit in front of and closely against the lower teeth, and they should be sound, strong and perfectly regular.

Ears---Should be small, thin and placed close together. They should be capable of being held stiffly erect, when they should point upwards.

Eyes---Should be well sunken and as dark as possible, with a piercing glint and they should be small, triangular and obliquely placed; set near together and high up on the dog's head. Blue eyes are a disqualification.

Nose---Should be black, with well-developed nostrils bent downward at the tip.

Forequarters

Legs---Should be big boned but not to the point of coarseness; the forelegs should be of moderate length, perfectly straight, and the dog must stand firmly upon them. The elbows must turn neither in nor out, and the pasterns should be strong and upright.

Hindquarters

The hind legs should be parallel viewed from behind. The thighs very muscular with hocks well let down. Hind pasterns short and upright. The stifle joint should be well bent with a well-developed second thigh.

Feet---Round and compact with well-arched toes like a cat.

Tail---Should be short, set on low, fine, and ideally should be carried horizontally. It should be thick where it joins the body, and should taper to a fine point.

Coat

Should be short, flat, harsh to the touch and with a fine gloss. The dog's skin should fit tightly.

Color

Is white though markings on the head are permissible. Any markings elsewhere on the coat are to be severely faulted. Skin pigmentation is not to be penalized.

Gait

The dog shall move smoothly, covering the ground with free, easy strides, fore and hind legs should move parallel each to each when viewed from in front or behind. The forelegs reaching out well and the hind legs moving smoothly at the hip and flexing well at the stifle and hock. The dog should move compactly and in one piece but with a typical jaunty air that suggests agility and power.

Faults

Any departure from the foregoing points shall be considered a fault and the seriousness of the fault shall be in exact proportion to its degree, i.e. a very crooked front is a very bad fault; a rather crooked front is a rather bad fault; and a slightly crooked front is a slight fault.

Color

Blue eyes. Colored.

The Standard for the Colored Variety is the same as for the White except for the sub head "Color" which reads: Color. Any color other than white, or any color with white markings. Other things being equal, the preferred color is brindle. A dog which is predominantly white shall be disqualified.

Did you know?

  • The AKC considers the Standard Bull Terrier and the Miniature Bull Terrier as separate breeds
  • Bull Terriers have appeared in the following movies:: A Dog's Life, It's a Dog's Life, Oliver!, Baxter, Patton, Toy Story, Babe: Pig in the City, Next Friday, Friday After Next, Frankenweenie, Trainspotting, Bulletproof, Derailed, " The Incredible Journey and Space Buddies.
  • Spuds Mackenzie was the famous Bull Terrier in the Bud Light advertising campaign.