Bull Terrier

Bull Terrier

Dog Stats

Type:
Terrier
Energy:
High
Exercise Requirement:
Medium to high
Affection Level:
Very affectionate
Protection:
Very protective
Size:
Medium
Grooming Maintenance:
Low maintenance
Temperature Preference:
Temperate
Typical Lifespan:
11-14 years

About the Bull Terrier Breed

The Bull Terrier is a strong, muscular dog, and is not square in proportion. It is a bit longer than it is tall. Its build means it is good in a fight; squat, with a low centre of gravity, it is especially hard to knock over. It has a distinctive head, which packs a lot of strength into its jaws.

Because of these traits it is not a surprise that it was bred for bull-baiting and fighting. The tight skin and close coat could have been beneficial for this too, helping to stop other dogs getting a good grip on it. The coat can be a variety of colours, including brindle, white, fawn, and black. Most of the time, it will have at least some white markings on it somewhere, especially on the belly and chin. It has large ears that frame the distinctive head, and a medium-length straight tail that hangs down behind its legs, but may be raised up and out when it is alert.

The Bull Terrier is an exuberant and playful dog, always ready to run about and have fun. It is comical and mischievous. However, like some other fighting dogs, such as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, its aggressive history hides an affectionate and devoted nature.

The Bull Terrier does need to be entertained, kept physically and mentally active every day, or it may become bored and destructive around the home. This dog is happiest living indoors but with constant access to a garden. The short coat needs minimal care.

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