Bull Terrier Facts
- AKC, CKC, UKC
- 21" - 22"
- 45-65 lbs.
- 14 years | Add yours
- Exercise Requirement
- Training Requirement
- Grooming Requirement
- Breed Characteristics
bullies, bull and terrier, English bull terrier
The Bull terrier originated in Birmingham, England.
Date Of Origin
This breed was developed in 1835.
The Bull terrier was established by James Hinks, probably by mating the Bulldog with the now extinct white English terrier, then by crossing this mix with a Spanish pointer. It was originally known as a bull and terrier. Although it was known as a fierce dog fighter it was not supposed to provoke a fight.
The bull terrier is a muscular, medium size dog with a distinctive egg shaped head. The nose is black and its dark eyes are small, triangular shaped and sunken. The ears are close together, small and naturally erect. The body is round with a deep, broad chest and well boned legs. The tail is short and tapered. It has a short smooth coat and the preferred color is brindle.
The bull terrier is friendly, playful and affectionate with humans. It is a good guard and very lively and busy. It may be aggressive toward other animals. If not well socialized it can be food and toy possessive and reactive to provocation. Well socialized bull terriers do fine with children and small animals, but two males generally will not get along.
Born to be a courageous gladiator, it was later used as guardian of flocks, mouse hunter, companion dog, and bodyguard/watchdog.
Deafness, heart problems, renal problems, ski allergies, spinning disorder.
In Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist, Bill Sykes owns an English Bull Terrier named Bullseye. Also,
Kirk Hammett of the thrash metal band Metallica has a bull terrier named Darla.
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