Known as the clown of dogs, the Bull Terrier is a playful and affectionate charmer who thrives on human companionship.
The Bull Terrier is robust and spirited, and always ready for a frolic. He loves children, but obedience training is necessary, and care must be taken to avoid overstimulation around younger children.
Friendly and affectionate, this energetic, well-muscled breed needs daily exercise.
This robust Terrier group breed is muscular and big-boned, with a unique, egg-shaped head accentuated by pointed ears and small, mischievous eyes. Powerful and agile, they walk with a cheerful gait that showcases their outgoing personality.
A happy Bull Terrier is one who receives early socialization with dogs and people, loving but firm training, lots of exercise and of course, time with his favorite people. A properly nurtured Bull Terrier is the most loving, loyal companion a family could want.
12 to 13 years
Bull Terriers sport two types of coats: white; or any other color (including brindle), either solid or with white markings.
The Bull Terrier is a seasonal shedding breed. Giving his short, flat coat a weekly brushing will help to remove loose hair and dirt.
While kidney and heart issues can be associated with the breed, responsible breeders test for these issues, and should test puppies for potential hearing issues.
Bull Terriers generally do well on a quality adult dog food that's rich in calcium. For Bull Terriers who need help with weight management, consider a healthy weight formula.
Bull Terrier puppies should eat puppy food for their first year of life to aid in their growth and development.
Bull Terriers were first bred in 19th century England. Surprisingly, an ancestor of this affable breed, the Bulldog, was originally bred for the gruesome pastime of bull baiting, which involved Bulldogs attacking a staked bull as spectators bet on the outcome.
Although blood sports with animals were outlawed in the 1830s, enthusiasts took their activities underground, and dogfighting became the sport of choice.
When Bulldogs proved too slow to compete effectively in the dogfighting pit, the process of crossing them with quick and spirited Terriers began. One of the breeds that resulted from this process was the Bull Terrier.
Once dogfighting was also banned in Britain, the Bull Terrier became a fashionable companion for young gentlemen of the mid-1800s.
Further breeding increased the pleasantness of the Bull Terrier’s temperament. The breed became part of the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885 and has been a much-loved American pet since.