Bull Terrier

Terrier Group

Brindle Bull Terrier lying on ground in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

21-22 in

Weight

50-70 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-13 yrs

History

The Bull Terrier originated in England during the early 1800's. Their Bulldog ancestors were originally bred for the gruesome sport of bull baiting, where a pack of dogs would fight a bull and spectators would bet on the outcome. Once bull baiting became outlawed, people moved to fighting dogs in the cellars of taverns. Bulldogs were too slow and lumbery for the sport, so they were bred with faster, more agile terriers to create the Bull Terrier. Once dog fighting became illegal, Bull Terriers became popular with young gentlemen and were fine-tuned to be more gentle and affectionate.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Bull Terriers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★☆☆☆

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★★★

★★☆

★★

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★☆☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Playful, comical, and sometimes mischievous 

Tend to be stubborn and strong-willed and can be a bit of a challenge to train

Brave, full of spirit, and protective of their family (especially children)

Require lots of attention and affection and may become destructive if left alone for long periods of time

May be uneasy around strangers, dogs, and other animals if not sufficiently socialized when young