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Bull Terrier

Bull Terrier

This article also relates to: Miniature Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier originates from...

One of the oldest native terrier breeds in England, the Bull Terrier, or 'White Cavalier' as it was earlier known, was originally bred as a combat dog, utilised in the sport of fighting dogs and other animals. Such savagery was permissible in England in the 1800s, and pictorials of the time feature Bull Terriers alongside wealthy Victorian aristocrats, who invested in the breed as a good money earner and fashionable companion pet. Standardised by Birmingham born James Hinks in the 1880s, the Bull Terrier gained enormous favour and was progressively used to guard, rat, watch and herd. Officially recognised by the Kennel Club in 1885.

The Bull Terrier is characterised by...

Highly distinctive, the Bull Terrier is not easily mistaken. Possessing a muscular and compact build, an ovular head and deep-set, almond-shaped eyes, small ears and proportionate legs, the breed is commonly recognised in colour variations of brindle, red, black, fawn and tricolour. The white Bull Terrier will have patterning on the head but nowhere else. Combining the best features of its early forebears the Bulldog and Old English Terrier, the breed is engineered for resilience, fearlessness and companionship, with the modern Bull Terrier having lost some of its in-bred fighter instinct.

The average Bull Terrier...

Despite having been bred for combat, the Bull Terrier breed of today is amongst the most affectionate, loyal and sweet-natured of breeds, devoted to its family and obedient when trained consistently from an early age. Requiring plenty of exercise and regular human contact, the Bull Terrier is the ideal breed choice for families or the dedicated sole owner, providing sufficient training is dealt as early as 8 weeks old. The average weight of a healthy Bull Terrier is 16-22 kg, with a life expectancy of 10-12 years when shown appropriate care.

Because no breed is without its weakness...

Typically healthy and hardy, the Bull Terrier is prone to various skin allergies, whilst being susceptible to more serious afflictions such as kidney insufficiency and failure, heart defects, slipped patella, and zinc deficiency. Breed-specific complaints further include early-onset deafness and easy weight gain. Feeding human foods is not encouraged for this reason.

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Our Bull Terrier owners' thoughts

17th Sep 2013
Lynne Savage
  • VioVet Customer Since: March 2011
  • From: Hampshire, United Kingdom

Bull Terriers are wonderful dogs to live with. They are devoted companions, and really only content when they are with you - they are not dogs that are happy in kennels. They will protect YOU against anything, but for your valuables forget it - they are not guard dogs, despite their fearsome appearance.
They can be clowns, often doing what we owners call a Bullie run - look it up on YouTube - but do go to the loo first!!!
Any love you give to a BT will be returned 100 fold, but beware, they are stubborn; firm, consistent, loving discipline is required at all times.
Have a look at the BT Welfare site, there are always dogs in need of good homes.

17th Jan 2014
Deborah Rafferty
  • VioVet Customer Since: June 2010
  • From: KENT, United Kingdom

We have 2 Bullies and I wouldnt be without them. they are so loving and want nothing more than to snuggle up for a cuddle. They have wonderful characters and can be so funny and entertaining.
You need to show them you are the boss as they are strong and powerful and will try to dominate you. But if they know your in charge they are happy to do what they are told...mostly! They certainly do have a stubborn streak though.
They are great to live with I wouldn't choose any other breed...they are my babies
Both of mine are rescue and as Lynne says there are loads that need homes so if you are looking for a wonderful loving kind beautiful dog look no further than a Bully...

10th Aug 2015
Roxanne Fairweather
  • VioVet Customer Since: May 2015
  • From: Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

Not my choice of dog, but could not see him go to a rescue home (long story) he is actually my son's dog, say no more! I would not be without him now, loyal is not the word he is my shadow. A great companion and never a dull moment with him. He is, mmmm, how do I put this? Just like having a man around the house, he snores and trumps...and gives great cuddles!

28th Apr 2017
Vicki Greenall
  • VioVet Customer Since: January 2014
  • From: Merseyside, United Kingdom

I have 3 rescue bull terriers. I've had six altogether and never had an aggressive one. A stubborn breed but so loving and loyal. I love them and wouldn't change breeds. They snore trump love to sleep and love cuddles

17th Jul 2017
Linda Baker
  • VioVet Customer Since: July 2017
  • From: West Midlands, United Kingdom

Snoopy is our 6th rescue bull terrier our first was in 1976, love them, would never choose another breed

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