Bull Terrier Breed Profile

Bull Terrier Breed Profile

KC Group Terrier

Size Medium

Weight 23.5 - 28kg

Height 53 - 56cm

Average lifespan 12 years

Good with children? Unknown

Good guard dogs? Yes

Moulting level Low

Grooming Light

Exercise requirement Moderate

Jogging partner Short runs

Colours White, black, brindle, red, and tricoloured

Temperament Loyal and affectionate, but can be stubborn

Bull Terrier Breed Profile

The Bull Terrier is a unique character who loves to act the clown. Despite his hardy appearance he doesn't do well outdoors and would much rather live inside with his family.

Bull Terrier health

Bull Terriers are relatively hardy. However, they have been known to suffer from:

  • Kidney disease.
  • Heart disease.
  • Skin problems.
  • Deafness, particularly in white dogs.

Health tests

It is strongly recommended that parent dogs are heart tested, kidney tested, and BAER (brain auditory evoked response) tested - an electronic hearing test which can be carried out from five weeks old. A breeder should be able to provide documentation proving that this has been done. It is advised that you do not buy from a breeder who can't do this.

Bull Terrier temperament

  • A unique character who loves to act the clown.
  • Has a great sense of humour - and you'll need one too.
  • Determined and stubborn.
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Bull Terrier lifestyle

  • The Bull Terrier is adaptable and will be happy with whatever exercise you can offer.
  • Can get on well with children if brought up around them. However, he is a strong and powerful breed and must be taught to respect others. Any show of dominance should be checked before his sheer bulk becomes a problem.
  • Despite his hardy appearance he doesn't do well outdoors and would much rather live inside with his family.
  • Remember that he is a terrier and may not always be tolerant of other animals. If a Bull Terrier is challenged he will not back down.
  • He shouldn't be left alone for long periods. A bored Bull Terrier will occupy himself in ways that may not please you.
  • You will need strong and secure fencing in your garden as the Bull Terrier is a regular Houdini.

Bull Terrier trainability

  • Lead training is essential.
  • The Bull Terrier has a mind of his own and a well-developed stubborn streak.
  • You need to be willing to put time into training right from day one.
  • Keep training sessions fun and interesting as he will become bored easily.
  • Like an elephant, he will never forget - bad habits as well as good.

Bull Terrier general care

  • The Bull Terrier has a short, harsh coat which needs minimal brushing.
  • That short coat, however, means that he also needs warmth and comfort.
  • He can be prone to bed sores so his bed needs to be soft and supportive.
  • Watch his weight - he will happily become a couch potato if you let him.
  • He loves attention and will demand it. Do not pander to him - he needs to know his place in the family pecking order.
  • The Bull Terrier is a notorious chewer and will chew anything. Make sure that he has plenty of specialist hard-wearing toys or you can say goodbye to your furniture, and hello to a trip to the vet's because he's swallowed something he shouldn't.
  • Minimal grooming.
  • Good temperament.
  • Adaptable.
  • Stubborn - can make training difficult.
  • Deafness is known in the breed.

Bull Terrier dog breed facts

  • The Bull Terrier hasn't always had erect ears - his ancestors' ears dropped forward.
  • Bull Terrier Abraxas Audacity won Best in Show at Crufts in 1972.
  • The breed was developed in the 1800s by crossing the Bulldog with the now extinct White English Terrier.