The Bull Terrier was originally developed in the 19th century as a fighting dog and, later, a fashionable companion for gentlemen, but these days he’s a family companion and show dog. He’s a dog breed distinguished by his long, egg-shaped head.
Dog Breed Group:Terrier Dogs
Height:1 foot, 9 inches to 1 foot, 10 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight:35 to 75 pounds
Life Span:10 to 15 years
- Bull Terriers thrive in the company of their people, and should live indoors with their human family. They don’t do well when left alone for long periods and will wreak destruction when bored.
- Bull Terriers aren’t suited for cold, damp climates. Keep your Bull Terrier warm with a coat or sweater in winter.
- These aren’t high maintenance dogs, grooming-wise. A weekly brushing and occasional wipe-down with a damp cloth is usually all it takes to keeps them clean, although they must be brushed more frequently during twice-yearly shedding periods.
- The Bull Terrier needs 30 to 60 minutes of exercise, play, and mental stimulation daily.
- Ownership of Bull Terriers is restricted or banned in some cities, states, and provinces. Research your local dog laws before you get one; banned dogs may be seized and euthanized.
- The Bull Terrier is strong-willed and can be difficult to train. He’s not recommended for timid or first-time dog owners.
- Without early socialization and training, Bull Terriers can be aggressive toward other dogs, animals, and people he doesn’t know.
- Bull Terriers are too rough and rambunctious for homes with young children, but they’re tireless playmates for active older kids who’ve been taught how to interact with dogs.
- Never buy a Bull Terrier from a puppy mill, a pet store, or a breeder who doesn’t provide health clearances or guarantees. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies and who breeds for sound temperaments.