Bull Terrier Facts

Group Classification: Terrier (Bull Terrier is NOT a Pit Bull)
Country of Origin: England
First Used For: Baiting Bulls
Date of Origin: 19th Century
Also Known As: English Bull Terrier
Types of Bull Terriers: Standard and Mini
Life Expectancy: 10 to 14 years
Weight & Size: Standard Bull Terrier 20 – 24 inches; 45 – 65 pounds Mini Weight & Size 10 – 14 inches; 24 – 33 pounds

Black and tan
Black brindle and white
Brindle and white
Red and white
White and brindle
White and red
White and black and tan
Black brindle
White and black brindle

Easy to train: Low
Grooming: Low
Shedding: Medium
Exercise Required: High
Energy level: High
Protection: Medium, will growl and bark
Good with children: Medium

Bull Terrier Temperament

The Bull Terrier is a happy, high energy, playful, notoriously stubborn and headstrong breed that is inquisitive with an outgoing personality.

This breed is best suited for those with previous dog ownership experience. They are always up for a game of play, exercise and truly enjoy being part of the family action. They are very affectionate and love human company.

This is a breed that requires proper socialization and training early on or they can have an aggressive nature towards other dogs. Unaltered male dogs do not normally get along well with other male dogs. Male and female dogs, as well as just females can get along well with appropriate supervision. Because of their heritage, without proper social training, the Bull Terrier can be aggressive towards other dogs and can be a danger to small animals viewed as prey.

With proper training and supervision, Bull Terrier are good with children; however, younger dogs may regard children as playmates, and due to their strength, could cause inadvertent injury.

Bull Terriers are strong, but are not bred to be guard dogs. This breed will become bored and destructive without appropriate attention and exercise.

With proper training, exercise and supervision, Bull Terriers are highly entertaining and make fun-loving, loyal companions for life.

Bull Terrier Appearance

The Bull Terrier is stocky with a strong, muscular build and a short, dense coat. The Standard Bull Terriers weight will average between 45 to 65 pounds; with a height of 20 – 24 inches. A Miniature Bull Terrier’s will weigh from 24 to 33 pounds with a height between 10-14 inches.

Their head is described as an egg shape when viewed from the front as it curves from the nose to the top of the skull. Their body is robust and muscular with a tail that is short and carried horizontally. They have unique triangular-shaped eyes that are small, closely set and dark in color. Ears are small and erect. Bull Terrier’s coat is short, flat and fitting to the body. Color is either pure white with our without markings on the head, or any color other than white (brindle, red, fawn or tri-colored) with white markings on the head.

Bull Terrier Grooming

Bull Terriers shed their coat twice a year and are easy to groom. The coat is short, flat and close fitting; grooming requirements are not excessive with only the need for an occasional brushing to remove dead hairs. The ears should be cleaned on a regular basis; as well as appropriate toenail trimming.

Bull Terrier Life Expectancy and Health Problems

The life expectancy of the Bull Terrier is around 10-14 years. Bull Terriers are generally healthy. The most common health problems associated with this breed include: deafness, heart problems, renal dysplasia, luxating patella (dislocation of the kneecaps), lens luxation, cystic kidney disease, thyroid problems, seizures, allergies, and skin conditions. For more, visit the BTCA health page.

Bull Terrier Origin The Bull Terrier originates from England dating back to the 1800’s and was bred originally for dog fighting, to kill vermin and bait bulls. The breed was first registered with the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1885.

For additional Facts about Bull Terriers, read Sandra Hill Cowan’s article on the Bull Terrier Club of America website.