Basics of Dog Breed : Bull Terrier

Posted on September 30 2018

Basics of Dog Breed : Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier differs from the miniature Bull Terrier mainly in size, less than 35.5 cm at the withers for the miniature (the two breeds should not be confused).

Breed Information:

Other names: English Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier Standard
Origin: UK UK
FCI Group: warren
FCI number: 11
Hair type: Short
Shape of the head: Oval

Race history

The Bull Terrier descends from a cross between the English Bulldog and the White English Terrier, developed as early as the 18th century. Originally, this breed was created for the organization of fights against various animals , such as bears, bulls, horses, wolves ... This dog is reputed to be the "gladiator of the canine race". By the mid-1830s, bans on animal fighting led to the end of the selection of aggressive animals, leading to a gradual decline of the breed until the second half of the 20th century.

Physical characteristics

His hair: flush, shiny and hard to the touch. 
Its color: the dress can be brindle, fawn, tricolor or white; white dresses may be spotted, but only at the level of the head; on colored dresses, color predominates over white. 
Its head: long, egg-shaped, very smooth, without hollows or depressions; the skull is almost flat from one ear to the other. 
His ears: small and erect. 
His eyes: small, narrow and triangular, black or very dark brown. 
His body: very muscular, with a compact silhouette; we can distinguish males and females thanks to the shape of the body. 
His tail: short, stretched horizontally.

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 20 kg and 40 kg Between 35 cm and 50 cm
Male No data Between 20 cm and 40 cm

A Bull Terrier dog is classified as a large dog .

Behavior and character

The Bull Terrier is a dog deemed stubborn but brave . He does not necessarily get along with all his fellows , but he is very affectionate towards humans . If he shows an unrestrained attachment to the members of his house, he also tends to seek the friendship of all the people he approaches. He needs companionship and vandalism if he is bored or neglected. He is calm and always in the mood.


To make him accept the company of other animals, it is better to bet on early socialization . His strong and persistent character requires patience and tenacity. From an early age, it must be submitted to strict and clear rules so that it does not take the bad habits that it will have difficulty to lose afterwards. Similarly, you have to get used to it very quickly to bear the loneliness.


The life expectancy of this dog is about 13 years old . The breed is unfortunately subject to a hereditary defect, deafness . This is why it is necessary to submit to a hearing test, the PEA (Potential Evoked Hearing). White dogs are prone to various skin problems , such as allergies. They tend to dislocate the patella and suffer from hip dysplasia. Some lines are also prone to kidney problems. Finally, because of its Bulldogs ancestors, the Bull Terrier inherited a predisposition to heart disease .

Maintenance & Hygiene


His short hair makes his maintenance easy . He brushes once or twice a week . We must be particularly careful to use for its toilet products adapted and good quality to limit the risk of allergies to which these dogs are sensitive.


It should not be washed too often, every 3 to 4 months or if it is really dirty. In case of strong sunshine, it is recommended to put sunscreen adapted to the areas not covered with hair (ears, around the truffle and belly). For dogs with skin problems, veterinary advice is required.

Physical activity

The Bull Terrier needs a long daily walk in the company of his master, and several walks a day in the ideal.

Living conditions

The Bull Terrier gets used to living in a big apartment very well if he has been educated to bear the loneliness (if any). He also prefers life in the city near his master to life in the countryside where he is forced to spend long hours of solitude in a large garden: the proximity of humans reassures him. If he has to stay alone, he needs a lot of space to play. If you have to leave it alone for the day, it is best to have a good game or sports session early in the morning to encourage you to take a nap.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 1000 € 1500 €

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