The Bull Terrier was known for being gladiators in the dog fighting ring. Originating in Great Brittain, they were bred by crossing the bulldog with popular Old English Terriers during the 18th Century. Admittedly, when the white variety came about, they became very popular with English gentlemen. Now, this friendly dog loves nothing better than the company of their family. They have a distinct look with a muscular build, triangular eyes, and oval head.
These Terriers are good family companions, who are playful and protective. Bull Terriers are high energy class clowns. Granted their antics will keep you on your toes. Training is a must with this breed, as they are notorious leash pullers and cat chasers. Left to their own devices they have a strong temperament, willful mind, and happily take on the pack leader role. Hence, these are Terriers, so get ready for plenty of tail chasing, along with barking and chewing. An owner who can emphasize consistency in training along with plenty of mental and physical activity will be rewarded with Bull Terrier who is a model pet.
For more on the breed check out the American Kennel Club
The life expectancy of the Bull Terrier is 10-15 years.
Size & Activity Level
The Bull Terrier is part of the Terrier Group and comes in two sizes. Miniature Bull Terriers can be expected to weigh between 25- 35 pounds. The larger standard Bull Terrier is between 45-75 pounds. These dogs are very active, and require plenty of vigorous interactive play. Bullies are known to get destructive when bored. This breed is rough, rowdy, and can be aggressive. Therefore, they are not recomended to be with younger children. This breed is strong-willed and can be difficult to to train. He's not recommended for timid or first-time dog owners.
Care & Grooming
The Bull Terrier's short coat is low maintenance when it comes time to groom. Many owners successfully use a dry shampoo on their Bully. Although moderate shedders you should expect them to shed extensively twice a year. You will enjoy the minimal doggy odor. These Terriers will eat anything, so don't leave them unsupervised where they can get into mischief.