Bull terrier

Other names: English Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier Standard

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Atypical with its particular muzzle, the Bull Terrier is a dog that has lost all trace of aggression. It is perfect as a life companion for a single person or families with or without children. He is very devoted and faithful to his master whom he cannot do without. He does not appreciate solitude and can be destructive if necessary. It is very easy to maintain, but has a sometimes fragile health. A big appetite envelops everything. The Bull Terrier differs from the miniature Bull Terrier mainly by size, less than 35.5 cm at the withers for the miniature (the two breeds should not be confused).



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Hair type Short
Origin UK
Template Big
Head shape Oval
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 20 kg to 40 kg From 35 cm to 50 cm
Male From 20 kg to 40 kg From 35 cm to 50 cm
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History of the breed

The type of Bull Terrier was first established in the 1850s by a certain James Hinks . He wanted to select this ovoid shaped head. The Bull Terrier descends from a cross between the English Bulldog and the White English Terrier , developed in 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 breed”. From the mid-1830s, prohibitions against animal fighting brought about the end of the selection of aggressive animals, and led to a gradual decline of the breed until the second half of the 20th century.

Bull Terrier Pictures

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Physical features

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

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Bull Terrier is a dog known to be stubborn but courageous . He does not necessarily get along with all his fellows , but he is very affectionate towards humans . If he exhibits a boundless attachment to the members of his household, he also tends to seek friendship from everyone he approaches. He needs company and can engage in acts of vandalism if he is bored or neglected. He is calm and even tempered.

The Bull Terrier is a courageous person , but who will defend his territory very moderately. Because if he devotes a real cult to his adoptive family, he is not against the presence of strangers. What he demands above all is a human presence by his side, games and long outings . Alone , he could engage in acts of vandalism out of boredom. He is therefore not a loner . It is not to be made to cohabit with a male of the same race. However, the presence of other animals is not a problem.

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To make him accept the company of other animals, it is better to bet on early socialization . His strong and stubborn character requires patience and tenacity. From an early age, he must be subject to strict and clear rules so that he does not acquire bad habits that it will be difficult to lose afterwards.

Likewise, he must be accustomed very quickly to enduring loneliness. His master must be respected, but must also pay attention to his great sensitivity . In addition, it is advisable to teach him to stay alone so as not to see his destructive side take over in the absence of his master.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Bull Terrier gets used to living in a large apartment very well if it has been educated to endure loneliness (if applicable). He also prefers city life near his master to country life where he is forced to spend long hours of solitude in a large garden: the proximity of humans reassures him.

If he has to be left alone, he needs a large space in which to play to occupy himself. The ideal is to plan a good session of games or sports early in the morning to encourage him to take a nap before your departure. It will take one long outing per day (one hour minimum) as well as one or two short walks .


Ease of gaining weight

The life expectancy of this dog is approximately 13 years . The breed is unfortunately prone to an inherited defect, deafness . This is the reason why it is necessary to submit to a hearing test, the PEA (Hearing Evoked Potentials). White dogs are prone to a variety of skin problems , such as allergies. They tend to dislocate their kneecaps 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 .

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 1 and 9 puppies

To guard against these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Bull Terrier dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 11 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Bull Terrier is, on average, between 11 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

Its short hair makes its maintenance easy . He brushes once or twice a week . Particular care must be taken to use suitable and good quality products for washing to limit the risk of allergies to which these dogs are sensitive. It is also advisable to buy products for his toilet adapted to his skin, because it is frequent that he develops allergies .

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 suitable sunscreen on areas not covered with hair (ears, around the nose and belly). For dogs with skin problems, veterinary advice is required. Apart from his weekly brushing , the Bull Terrier must be supervised at the level of his ears . Its claws can also be checked from time to time, as they tend to get damaged and be the source of infections.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1500 €

The purchase price of a Bull Terrier is between 1000 € and 1500 €.

Annual maintenance cost

1350 €
1400 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Bull Terrier is between € 1,350 and € 1,400.

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The Bull Terrier is a terrible glutton. He enjoys food and can swallow it without taking the time to chew it. This is not necessarily good for his digestive system. It can feed on human food , but also on industrial food such as high quality kibble . In any case, it should be rationed well, as it is prone to overweight and obesity .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Bull Terrier needs a long daily walk in the company of his owner, and ideally several walks a day. The Bull Terrier is a very active and athletic dog. l can be enrolled in several canine activities . It also helps to strengthen the relationship between the owner and his dog.


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FCI Group

Group 3: Terriers

Recognized by FCI

Since 1993


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