Don’t judge a book by its cover… or by its name! The Bull Terrier might not look or sound like the friendliest of folks, but when socialised well, this breed makes an affectionate and loyal companion. A firm hand is needed in training to bring out the best in a Bull Terrier and prevent behavioural booboos such as aggression towards other animals.
Breed Group: Terrier
Coat length: Short
Exercise: Up to 1 hour per day
Grooming required?: Once a week
The Bull Terrier was bred by a chap called James Hinks in the 1850s by crossing a Bulldog with an English Terrier. Once a pit dog who was born to fight, this breed mellowed out and eventually found its way into the show ring – as well as households far and wide.
The Bull Terrier lives on average 11-14 years.
This breed is susceptible to knee problems, heart problems, allergies and behavioural issues (which can be prevented with adequate training). More serious health problems include kidney failure and deafness.
The daring clown
Bull Terriers aren’t afraid to play the fool. With appropriate obedience training, this erstwhile pit dog is now renowned for being gentle and loyal, while never failing to make you laugh.
Structure and exercise
If you let your Bull Terrier get the upper hand in terms of dynamic, you’ll find your hands pretty full pretty quickly. Children will need instructing in appropriate handling and how to show strong leadership. This breed needs plenty of exercise to channel its energy and keep the risk of behaviour problems to a minimum. They are not recommended around small pets.
Firm training is needed to prevent the Bull Terrier from becoming destructive. Overall, the breed is considered among the more difficult dogs to train.
Bull Terriers are notoriously difficult to housebreak without a confident, experienced owner leading the process.
Where to find Bull Terriers
Bull Terrier Groups
Fancy hanging out and sharing stories with fellow Bull Terrier owners? Find a group below.
Adopt a Bull Terrier
Want to adopt a Bull Terrier in need of a loving home? Find a rescue centre below.
Sold on the idea of owning a tricky-but-worth-it Bull Terrier? Take a look at these Kennel Club Assured Breeders.