Bull Terrier

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The Bull Terrier is also known as the English Bull Terrier. As should be expected it is from the terrier family breed. They have very distinctive features which make them immediately recognizable. Bull Terriers have long appears in the media. This breed was developed to control rats and other pests, and also in blood sports. The Bull Terrier (back then it was known as the Bull and Terrier) is bred from the Old English Bulldog and the Manchester Terrier. This was done to combine speed and dexterity, and the tenacity of the bulldog breed. Due to the problems associated with all white terriers colours were introduced into this breed.


These dogs have a disproportionately large head which is egg shaped. This Terrier has triangle shaped eyes (this makes the breed unique as there is only one other known breed which has triangular eyes e.g. the miniature bull terrier), and they have a gait which is often called jaunty. The average height of this breed is 51 to 61 cm and weight varies between 20 kg and 38 kg.


These dogs can be described as being fun loving, they love to joke. The Bull terrier is known to be fearless, so it can make a good guard dog. They need constant good training and affection. They need to have something to do so they are very much a working dog. This means that they do not do well if left alone for long periods of time. Due to these points it is important to note that this is not a breed that will fit every household, it needs the right environment to thrive. For example children needs to be shown to display leadership to this dog, otherwise there could be trouble. If there is a family quarrel the dog will want to take part. Also when out in the park it is important to note that this dog can be very aggressive against other dogs.

Grooming and care

Bull Terriers do not need grooming as can be surmised from the fact that they have very short hairs, and are not winter bred dogs. Oil can be added to the dogs coat this will improve the look of the coat. It is also important to note that this dog can get sunburned very easily so if it is a hot sunny day it may be advisable to put this dog under an umbrella or give him some sun cream.


The average life expectancy of this breed is 13 years, it has been recorded that they can live up to 18 years. This dog has problems with deafness to a large degree ( it occurs in 20% of pure white dogs), so a professional check against deafness should be done. This is essential as it will impact the training of this dog. And due to the nature of this dog, training is essential before this dog can be integrated into family life. Bull Terriers also tend to get skin allergies, even normal bites from insects can cause the allergies on this dog to flare up.