Bull Terrier | Dog Breed Guide

Bull Terrier | Dog Breed Guide

by Scritch

A Bull Terrier is a big-boned, robust dog. This breed is known for its long, egg-shaped head and pointy ears. With early socialization, a Bull Terrier makes a loyal family companion.

Weight - Female: 45-55 pounds; Male: 55-65 pounds

Height: 21-22 inches

Life Expectancy: 11-14 years

Group: Terrier group

Temperament: mischievous, playful, and charming

Energy Level:

Ease of Training:

Grooming Requirements:

History and Personality

Around 1835 the Bull Terrier was likely created by crossing a white English Terrier (now extinct) and a Bulldog. The Terrier and Bulldogs were then later crossed with Spanish Pointers to expand on size. During the 1860s, James Hink created an all-white dog. The first Bull Terrier was registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885.

There is some misconception about the Bull Terrier. Some people believe that they are a mean breed. However, it’s about how the owners raise the dog and if they allow for proper socialization and training. A Bull Terrier is a friendly dog who has a bit of an extrovert side to him. This dog is usually happy when he sees his pet parents.

Bull Terriers are muscular and stocky. They come in miniature and standard sizes. The most distinctive feature of this breed is their egg-shaped head that is flat on top. Their eyes are small, dark, and close together. Their back is strong with a broad body.

Training a Bull Terrier should be done while they are a puppy and in a calm manner as they won’t respond to harsh tones. Due to their short attention spans, this breed needs short intervals of training. Patience is key when trying to train this breed.

Some dogs of this breed tend to bark but this behavior is trainable unless you prefer a watchdog that alerts you to new activities. A Bull Terrier needs a home where he can run around. This breed needs at least half an hour to an hour of mental and physical exercise daily. Bull Terriers are active and like to play rough, so they are not ideal for a home with young children. However, they can be a great playmate for an older child who knows how to properly interact with dogs. Bull Terriers should be supervised around other dogs and cats as they can be aggressive, especially when they are not neutered.

Energy Level

Bull Terriers have a lot of energy and need daily exercise. By not providing this breed with enough exercise, they can become destructive. Going for walks or going out in the yard and playing fetch with this breed can make a significant difference in their behavior.


A typical Bull Terrier has a short and flat coat and sheds throughout the year, even in the winter. To keep up with the shedding and to ensure the coat stays healthy, brushing is recommended every 4-8 weeks. Be sure to also keep up with clipping nails, brushing teeth, cleaning ears, and checking anal glands.

Health Concerns

  • Hereditary Nephritis
  • Deafness
  • Heart Disease
  • Skin Problems
  • Spinning
  • Lens Luxation

Just like other breeds, Bull Terriers need regular veterinary checkups and exams. Keep your Bull Terrier at a healthy weight to prevent obesity-related health conditions. Consider pet insurance for your dog in case of unexpected medical issues or injuries.