Bull Terrier

Breed History

Bull Terrier laying down

Known for its speed, power and agility the Bull Terrier is one of the most unique faces in the dog world. Features that promote a wild smile, attentive ears, and enough energy to change the mood in any room.

The Bull Terrier have their roots in the bull baiting arena in the 19th century. Fighting bulls and bears were the exact reasons why the breed is around today. They were using them in other ways to control the rodent population. Overall, they were in use to take care of some type animal physically.

All pit bull or breeds that are like them, like the Bull Terrier, are a mixture or some type of bulldog and terrier. In this case they are a mix of an Old English Bulldog and Old English Terrier.

Becoming the target mascot and becoming a regular on multiple famous movies or tv shows you can tell why the popularity of this dog is always higher than normal.

American Kennel Club shows them as the 13th dog they have registration in their history dating to 1885. First of any bulldog and terrier cross breeds to get registration in America.

Due to a lack of color in their breed they were bred with Staffordshire Terrier and that’s where you get a lot of the brindle colors we see today. Before the 20th century those colors were not a part of the colors.

First bred for fighting they show the ability to be excellent dogs for any family with an owner that is willing to train them properly.


As we mention before they were in the top 15 getting registration in America’s top kennel club and have worldwide recognition. Across all the Kennel Clubs internationally you will notice they are always in the terrier breed.

Here are the major Kennel Clubs that give them recognition.


Male Height: 18-22 inches

Female Height: 18-20 inches

Male Weight: 50-70 pounds

Female Weight: 45-55 pounds

Litter Size

Bull Terriers will have around 6 to 8 puppies in each litter. At times they will have a little more or a little less depending on a few conditions including age, feeding, and health in general.


  • Brindle is the preference color with this breed
  • The popular mostly white dog would be a disqualification.
  • White is ok with markings only on the head.
  • Dogs eyes cannot be blue for any reason.

Different Types

Different types of Bull dog and Terriers are the following

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Bull Terrier
  • Miniature Bull Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Boston Terrier


They will cost $2,000 to $5,000. Bull Terrier are one of the more expensive dogs in the Bull dog Terrier community. Getting a dog with the correct bloodline and characteristics without mix breeding is important especially with this breed.

There are so many dog breeds that are closely related to this one you need to make sure you get the quality you will be paying for.

Dogs without papers will cost much less. Expect to pay anywhere from $300-$500 for a nice puppy. Without papers you have no idea how much cross breeding has been going on and if you got the breed you paid your money to get.


Having a very short coat it is easy to determine that you will not need any professional help grooming this dog. Shedding will be minimum, and you don’t have much to worry about with grooming overall.

  1. Brushing
  2. Combing
  3. Bathing
  4. Ears
  5. Nails
  6. Professional Help

Brushing will be the only thing you should do regarding brushing or combing the coat. The short coat doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.

Combing isn’t necessary because the coat is too short. There is no reason to comb this dog at any time in its life.

Bathe the dog when they get dirty or start developing an odor. Just kidding, that’s one way you can go about it, and nothing is wrong with that. Scheduling the bathes may be the best method.

Ears can get an infection if you don’t clean the dirt and debris out of them. Some living areas are more prone to this than others but make sure you take the proper precautions.

Nails will need trimming if you are not going to exercise. Exercising will trim the nails on the payment, and you will not have to worry about trimming them as much.

Although the dog doesn’t require professional help like some coats you can get some help if you chose to go that route.

Life Span

Bull Terriers live 10-14 years.

Once you get this dog you can expect to have them for at least a decade and in many cases much longer than that. Preparation and proper expectations are the key to a strong foundation.

Health Issues

Bull Terrier Club of America health statement recommends these four tests for a Bull Terrier

  • Kidney
  • Hearing
  • Patella Luxation

The heart test checks for heart murmurs. When vets listen to the heart beat, they can determine if the beat is irregular and displays a different sound. Dogs can live a long time with a heart murmur.

Kidney test are done to check the urine protein ratio and make sure it is in the required ranges. Male dogs have a bigger issue than females with this problem. When the levels are off the dog can have cancer in the prostate or kidney stones, so this test is important.

Deafness is a real issue with the Bull Terrier, and it is best to get a hearing test done to determine if the ears are functioning properly. Problems with hearing will be apparent after the first month of life.

Patella Luxation is a kneecap condition that affects small and medium size dogs. Getting this test will consist of an x-ray showing if the kneecap is regular or if it is showing signs of decline.

Breed Group

Bull Terriers are members of the Terrier Group. Terriers are a special group of dogs that were bred for hunting reasons. Mostly hunting animals or rodents of smaller sizes that bigger dogs didn’t have the speed to catch. Very strong guard dogs as well.

These are some of the popular dogs in the Terrier Group

Movies and Television

  • Rocko’s Modern Life (1993)
  • Toy Story (1995)
  • Babe: Pig in the City
  • Friday After Next (2002)
  • And many more

Exercise Needs

Everybody agrees that the Bull Terrier should get enough daily exercise. The real question is how much exercise do they need? I would say no one can tell you but the dog!

Look at the dog’s behavior and you will get a strong indication of the type of increase you need to give them. Throwing the ball is nice but we need to give this dog something much tougher.

Most people find it easier to let the dog drive themselves crazy, chasing their tail, biting themselves, nipping family members, hitting everybody with their tail hard, and many other activities when all they must do is exercise the dog.

When you see these behaviors, the dog is in need of an emergency run.

Here is what we recommend daily.

Morning Hour (Run, Walk, or Treadmill)

Evening 30 minutes (Run, Walk, or Treadmill)

Younger dogs may need two hours per day. Older dogs around two to three years old will need about one session and at times two sessions. Senior dogs will need one session and not every day.

Whenever the dog is calm and following all instructions you have arrived as a dog owner that your dog will respect and admire.

Look at any dog, wolf, or lion documentary they are all walking and running the entire film. The dog should get some type of run and walk every day with us as their owners. The world would be a better place if everyone made the commitment.

How to Stop Dog Behavior Problems


  1. Exercise program
  2. Commands
  3. Socialization
  4. Corrections

Exercising is only way to make everything else easier to do. That’s why we recommend this is the first place you start in your training program. When you exercise two hours a day the dog is listening to you for two hours per day. Hours long listening will only happen within the structure of the walk.

Command training will be a blast, but there are two things to keep in mind. Keep repetition as the mother of all teaching. Give it a few days before the dog are starts catching on. Second thing to remember is to have them sit or lay during regular daily activities.

Socialize this dog early and often but only after exercise. Take them on an hour walk or run in the morning and take them to the dog park after. Bring friends over to the house after their second walk of the day and the dog will socialize in a normal fashion.

Corrections will have to take place at some time with strong and powerful breeds. The intensity will be at the lowest level to start which is verbal. If that doesn’t work use a leash correction. After you get the attention make sure the dog sits or lays.

Are Bull Terriers Good Pets?

Excellent pets that are good with the family and kids. Other dogs can become a problem if you don’t socialize them right. Trainable dog that is eager to please the owner.

Lazy owners who don’t want to put the work in with make them a bad pet. That goes for all breeds. A Chihuahua can be a terrible pet that is destructive and wants to bite every ankle. Training is the key to a great dog.

Is a Bull Terrier Dangerous?

No! The Bull Terrier isn’t a dangerous dog and isn’t born with a bad trait. It doesn’t exist and there is no way to prove something as silly as that is true.

What’s true, however, is that they can be a victim of learned behavior? Owners who want them to fight or attack humans will have a dog that is willing to please them in those efforts.

You combine a bad owner with the power, speed, and agility of this breed and you can have a serious issue on your hands.

Responsible dog owners will train this dog to love, socialize, and become productive members of the dog community. Situations like these are proof that we blame the symptom of the problem instead of the root problem of the cause.

Many dogs come out of shelters from fighting and become great family pets. We can’t paint any dog with a broad stereotypical brush, even a pit bull!