The Bull Terrier: A Fiercely Loyal Companion Dog Breed


Terriers crossed with Bulldogs were popular during the early 1800s. Also, combat between bulls and Bulldogs were very popular by 1830. For this reason, enthusiasts of this professed “sport” have decided to make a dog that can attack more swiftly to their opponent.

They crossed the Old English Terrier with the Bulldog, which resulted in the Bull Terrier breed. But, they have found out that these Bull Terriers don’t belong to those most efficient fighters.

During 1860, white-coated types that were named as “White Cavalier” were bred by an English dog seller James Hinks.

These dogs soon turned out to be trendy pets to the nobles. These colored kinds were produced by back-crossing the Bull Terriers with the brindle Staffordshires.

They were used as watchdogs, herders, ratters and guards.

In addition, the first Bull Terrier Club was founded in 1887 in England. And in 1948, the Bull Terrier was first distinguished by the American Kennel Club.

The AKC acknowledge two separate sizes in 1992 namely, the Miniature Bull Terrier and the Standard Bull Terrier.

Today, the Bull Terrier is sporty and is excited to play all the time. Its clowning behavior and vigour make them a charming companions. They also make popular subjects for dog advertising and photography because of their photogenic and cute faces.

Traits and Behavior

Although these dogs used to be aggressive gladiators in the past, they are much gentler today. The Bull Terrier may have a defensive effect and it may also protect its owner when a very critical situation comes but they’re not bred to become guard dogs.


They are determined, courageous, energetic, fun-loving, clownish and bold. In addition, these dogs are also polite, obedient and loyal.

The Bull Terrier can become so much attached to their owners. They grow well on a consistent, strong affection and leadership and they also make an excellent family pet.

They like to do something and they also go well with enthusiastic families wherein they can have lots of supervision and leadership. They won’t thrive in a condition where they will be left on their own for about 8 hours each day.

This breed can be a wonderful pet to own if they are in the hands of the right kind of owner.

However, they are not advisable to have for most households since they can be too much energy for small children. Additionally, they also need enough mental and physical exercise for them to thrive.

Pet Care and Diseases

These Bull Terriers are very simple to groom. An intermittent brushing and combing can be enough for them since they are average shedders. This means that they only shed two times yearly. You may remove their loose hair by doing an everyday massage using a special latex glove.


In addition, the Bull Terrier likes a warm climate. These breeds also need sufficient and vigorous exercise daily which includes an everyday long walk.

They can be very active indoors so they must have a space like a small backyard so that they will stay as lively as always. This breed will also tend to become lazy and overweight if they can’t have proper exercise.

The Bull Terriers are susceptible to a slipped patella or dislocation of kneecaps, kidney failure as well as heart defects.

They may also have allergies in their skin and with fleas. Additionally, these dogs are very likely to experience zinc deficiency that may cause death.

They can gain weight so easily so they must not be overfed. The White Bull Terriers are also disposed to have deafness. They can live up to ten or twelve years depending on the consistency of your care.


Just like a cavalier fighter, the Bull Terriers are beautiful but are also resilient dogs. Their massive and strong jaws simply match their bizarre head shape as well as their sharp expression.

In addition, these dogs have a smooth, easy gait and their skin is also stretched. They stand between 20 to 21 inches and weigh between 35 to 75 pounds. The proportions, as well as the build, are a lot more significant at the show arena than the definite weight and height.


The Bull Terriers have a short, glossy and flat coat that has a coarse texture. They also have two color categories: colored and white. The White Bullies might be pure white or they can also have colored patterns on their head. There should be no color on the other body parts.

On the other hand, the colored Bullies can be brindle, fawn, red, black-brindle and tricolor.

General Information

The estimated life of a Bull Terrier is 10-12 years. A litter may be composed of 1-9 puppies (average of 5). Other names include English Bull Terrier, Bully, and Gladiator.

Breed Club

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