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Bull Terriers are thick set, muscular and have
a most recognizable feature - an 'egg-shaped head'.
These dogs are playful, intelligent, friendly
and protective - yet - they were developed from
the "Bull and Terrier" crosses which
were originally bred for dog-fighting in the early
1800s. It wasn't until the early 1860s, the breed
we know today was developed by James Hinks of
Birmingham, England who crossed existing Bull
and Terriers with his own white Bulldog (Madman)
and White English Terriers which are now extinct.
The result was an all white dog. The colored version
of this breed was not developed until the early
1900s when Bull Terriers were crossed with Staffordshire
In 1887, the first Bull Terrier Club was created
in England and the breed was recognized by the
American Kennel Club in 1895. The AKC recognized
two different sizes, the Standard Bull Terrier
and the Miniature Bull Terrier in 1991.
height for a Bull Terrier is 20-24 inches (51-61
weight for a Bull Terrier is 45-80 pounds (20-36
Coat Type: The
Bull Terrier's coat is short, dense and glossy.
It is easy to groom and the Bull Terrier's is
considered an average shedder (twice a year).
Color: The color
of the Bull Terrier's coat is white (although
markings on the head are permissible), any color
other than white, or any color with white markings.
The Bull Terrier is friendly, fun-loving, sweet
natured, intelligent and playful. Bull Terriers
are protective and they make a formidable guard
dog. This affectionate and energetic breed loves
to be with family. Bull Terriers are good with
children, but not necessarily so with younger
kids due to their strength meaning they could
inadvertently cause injury. Bull Terriers must
be thoroughly socialized and trained. They should
not be left alone for long periods at a time.
The Bull Terrier does not bark, unless it is for
The Bull Terrier can be prone to deafness (some
are born deaf), skin allergies caused from fleas,
mosquitoes, and mites. Other concerns include
obsessive compulsive behaviors such as tail chasing
and obsessive licking. Weight gain for the Bull
Terrier can be also be a concern. Average life
span of this breed is between 10 - 14 years.
• There is a miniature version of the Bull
Terrier, aptly named the Miniature Bull Terrier.
• Bull Terriers have appeared in several
movies, including: A Dog's Life, It's
a Dog's Life, Toy Story and Babe: Pig in the City.
• Spuds Mackenzie, a dog featured in
an advertising campaign for Bud Light beer in
the late 1980s, was a Bull Terrier.
• The Bull Terrier and the Miniature Bull
Terrier are the only recognized breeds that have
AKC: Group 4 - Terrier
ANKC: Group 2 - Terriers
CKC: Group 4 -Terriers
FCI: Group 3 Section 3 Bull type Terriers
UKC: Terriers Group