Description: They’re affectionate, lively, boisterous, spontaneous, cheerful and courageous defenders. But bull terriers can be hard on themselves – they show an incredibly high pain threshold – and can be stubborn. They were bred to defend, not start a fight.
They love to play. But the power of the breed belies its size so you may not want to let kids play with your bull terrier until he/she can hold their own. Bull Terriers are valued as a loyal and loving friend. Because they are so muscular, Bull Terriers need plenty of exercise to stay fit, and love nothing more than playing catch with a bouncy rubber ball. They make the most delightful of companions -- in the city or country. Their playful, loving, sensitive and affectionate nature belies their tough appearance. Bull Terriers thrive on being with the people they love and are miserable if kept in a basement or shut away from people.
Other Names: English Bull Terrier
Height: 21 - 22 inches
Weight: 52 - 62 lbs.
Colors: Pure white, brindle, black, red, fawn and tri-colored.
Coat: Short and flat.
Temperament: Fearless, determined
With Children: Yes, if properly socialized and supervised.
With Pets: Needs to be properly socialized and supervised, but dog-aggressiveness is prevalent in some lines.
Special Skills: Family pet.
Watch-dog: Very High, looks are tremendous deterrent.
Care and Training: Brush coat with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when necessary. Rubbing of the coat will keep it shiny and clean. Needs plenty of exercise, keep on a leash when in public. Puppies need early socialization to prevent them from becoming dominant.
Learning Rate: Medium, smart, independent thinker.
Living Environment: Indoor- outdoor dog that does best with a fenced yard and plenty of play outlets.
Health Issues: Hereditary zinc deficiency. Some puppies are born deaf.
Life Span: 10 - 14 Years
Litter Size: 4 - 8
Country of Origin: Great Britain
History: Crossed with the old English Bulldog and terriers early in the 19th century he was a lighter more agile dog who was used to bait bulls, dog fighting and to tackle vermin. Prized for their courage, agility and speed.
First Registered by the AKC: 1885
AKC Group: Terrier