Bull Terrier

Group 2: Terriers
Height: No height regulation.

Energy Level:  Moderate
Original Function: Bull Baiting
Lifespan: 8 – 15 yrs

Recommended for: Most people

Bull Terrier

About This Breed

Developed in England the Bull Terrier was developed from a variety of breeds. Originally bred for ‘Bloodsports’, such as ‘Bull Baiting’,’ Pit Fighting’ and ‘Rat Killing’.
Their courage was proverbial, endurance and resistance to pain unbelievable, and their intelligence was almost uncanny, these virtues, which we admire in both humans and animals, made them great fighters.

They have a sense of humour, imagination and lots of determination. Their individuality is unique. They can be stubborn, but are amenable to discipline. They are not a breed suited for everyone, they enjoy the family environment, they crave for human companionship, especially from their own family. These qualities make them not only reliable with children, (under supervision) but also a companion and protector who can be depended on.

When properly trained and in good hands they are usually sweet natured, gentle and playful.

General Characteristics

Appearance: Strongly built, muscular, well balanced body. A downfaced, egg shaped head with a keen, determined and intelligent expression. Their eyes are triangular in shape and deep set, small erect ears & short tail.

Temperament: Of even temperament and amenable to discipline. Although obstinate is particularly good with people.

Characteristics: The Bull Terrier is the gladiator of the canine race, full of fire and courageous.

Colour: For White, pure white coat. Skin pigmentation and markings on head not be penalised. For Coloured, colour predominates; all other things being equal, brindle preferred. Black brindle, red, fawn and tri-colour acceptable. Tick markings in white coat undesirable. Blue and liver highly undesirable.

Coat: Short, flat, even and harsh to touch with a fine gloss. Skin fitting dog tightly. A soft textured undercoat may be present in winter.

Grooming: Easy breed to groom, their shorthaired coats can be groomed using a rubber-grooming mitt once or twice a week

Exercise: active breed that require a fair amount of exercise, both free running and long walks.

Health: This breed is generally hardy but have pups checked for deafness. Some dogs can suffer from obsessive-compulsive behaviours, such as tail chasing or rock pushing.