Bull Terrier

Breed stats

Breed group Terrier Size Medium Life span Over 10 Years Exercise Up to 1 hour per day Grooming Once a week Coat length Short Coat sheds? Yes
This easily recognisable, powerfully-built dog can be very entertaining, loving and loyal but they can be a bit of a handful.

There is no specific height for the standard Bull Terrier although mini Bull Terriers should not exceed 14 inches. Their heads are very distinctive, designed not to have a stop but to be half the shape of an egg. They are a muscular dog with 75% of their body weight on the front. Colours include white, brindle, black brindle/white, tricolour, solid red, red/white, fawn, solid brindle and even silver brindle.

They were bred from fighting dogs, a mix of the Bulldog and English White Terrier, with a little Dalmatian to give added height.

Positive and consistent training is needed with these dogs with plenty of mental stimulation as they have a tendency to be quite destructive if bored. They do respond well to clicker training and food rewards, however.

Generally excellent with people and children, some have a natural tendency to want to fight other dogs and occasionally other animals. They enjoy moderate exercise and are happy to play with a ball but make sure it is a sturdy one as their powerful jaws can destroy many toys.

They don't need a lot of grooming but they do moult with the seasons. Health tests are highly recommended for heart, kidney, hearing and patella.

Watch our videos about some of the dog breeds in the Terrier group.