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Bull Terrier

Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier is a strongly built, deep-chested muscular dog. They have a long, strong, egg-shaped head with a Roman nose. The most usual colour for this breed is white, often with a coloured marking on the head or sometimes on the back. They can also be black, brindle, red, fawn or tricolour. Adults are about 45cm in height and 33kg in weight.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys walking an hour a day
  • Medium dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Quiet dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • Great family dog
Bull Terrier standing on the grass

Personality

Bull Terriers are friendly dogs with a seemingly wonderful sense of humour. They can be obstinate and are not ideal dogs for the first-time owner. As a breed they are generally placid, but it has to be remembered that they were originally bred as fighting dogs and will react if challenged, but they will not normally make the first move. They are very affectionate dogs and love company, so it is not a good idea to leave them alone for long periods of time as with their strong jaws they can cause lots of damage if bored.

Bull terrier with the owner

History and Origins

Bred by crossing a bulldog with a terrier, this dog was produced to fight to the death in the bloody sport of bull baiting. They are now one of the most popular dogs in Britain, and have proved to be an impeccable guard dog. The Miniature Bull Terrier breed has existed for as long as the Standard, and was recognised as a separate breed by the British Kennel Club in 1939.

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