Bull Terrier Dog Breed Profile

Little Bull Terrier
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Bull Terriers, sometimes called "Bullies," are medium to large sized dogs with muscular, athletic bodies. One of the Bull Terrier's most memorable physical features is the rounded front of its head. This breed was made especially back in the 1980s when a Bull Terrier named Spuds Mackenzie starred in Budweiser commercials. Some may feel that Bullies are tough-looking, but this breed is actually highly affectionate, playful and even goofy.

In fact, the Bull Terrier is often called a "kid in a dog suit."

Bull Terrier Facts

Group: Terrier

Size: Weight: 50-70 pounds; Height: About 21-22 inches at the shoulder

Colors: Can be seen nearly any color including white, red, fawn, black, blue or brindle (or a combination of these). All colors may be with or without white markings. Predominantly white dogs may or may not have colored markings on the head.

History of the Bull Terrier

Bulldog/terrier crosses were popular sporting dogs during the 19th century. These "Bull-and-Terrier dogs" varied in appearance, but many of

Englishman James Hinks is credited with the development of the Bull Terrier. By crossing the Bulldog with the English White Terrier (now an extinct breed), he created a solid white dog that was referred to as the White Cavalier. Over time, colored markings were permitted in the breed. Later, crossing with Staffordshire Bull Terriers created Bull Terriers with predominant colors other than white.

The Bull Terrier was brought to the US towards the end of the 19th century and was officially recognized by the AKC in 1885.

Caring for Your Bull Terrier

The extremely short, smooth coat of the Bull Terrier requires very little maintenance. Only basic routine grooming is necessary. This breed tends to shed at a low to moderate rate, though shedding does increase seasonally.


The Bull Terrier is an active dog that needs a suitable outlet for its high level of energy. Though the breed does not have a lot of endurance, it is a strong and athletic dog breed that needs plenty exercise each day. Frequent short runs, moderate walks, and occasional games will help keep your Bull Terrier happy and healthy.

Proper obedience training is absolutely essential in order to manage your Bull Terrier. This dog breed can be stubborn, mischievous, and sometimes even destructive. Your Bull Terrier needs structure, routines, and boundaries to keep him focused.

Bull Terrier Health Problems

Responsible breeders take careful measures to uphold the breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to develop hereditary conditions. In general, the Bul Terrier is a healthy dog breed. However, a few hereditary health issues can occur in the breed. Be aware of the following conditions:

Is a Bull Terrier Right for you?

Overall, the Bull Terrier has a friendly, playful disposition. This breed can be a loving companion for many types of households.

Bullies tend to get along remarkably well with children when properly trained and socialized. However, it may take time for this breed to get along with other pets. If raised together, well-trained and closely supervised, they can learn to get along beautifully.

Bullies are very affectionate and tend to bond closely with their owners. If you are active, patient and able to provide plenty of one-on-one affection to your dog, the Bull Terrier could be the dog breed for you.

To learn more about the Bull Terrier and decide if this breed is right for you, talk to Bull Terrier owners, your veterinarian, Bull Terrier breeders, rescue workers, and other pet professionals.