Bull Terrier

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If dogs were to be categorized as introverts and extroverts, a Bull Terrier definitely is naturally extroverted by its genes.

Their physical appearance is quite robust and muscular, and the shape of their face would resemble the oval shape of eggs.

It’s as if there is no separation between their beak and skull, the skull starts and curves downwards to form the beak which often gives an overall look as shark-shaped.

The shape of their eyes is triangular, which makes their eyes appear smaller in comparison to their football-shaped face. They’re the only breed who have triangular shaped eyes. They are highly agile and dynamic by nature.

Every time you’d spot something interesting going on somewhere, chances are that a Bull Terrier is a part of it. If there’s a slot for a perfect family member, Bull Terriers are the most suitable for that slot.

They’re highly affectionate with people and especially children, making them a perfect family guy.

The Bull Terriers were employed in South Africa for hunting bush-pig and warthog, which was a wild pig with curved tusks.

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Bull Terrier Pictures

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Quick Facts

Average Height: 21 to 22 inches.

Average Weight: 50 to 70 pounds.

Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years.

Dog Group: Terrier

Colors: White, Tri-color, Brindle and White, Fawn and White, Red and White and White and Black Brindle.

At a Glance

Males – 55 - 65 pounds, 21 - 22 inches

Females – 45 – 55 pounds, 21 - 22 inches

The lifespan of the BT is approx. 10 – 15 years of age. He can sometimes live more than that.

The Bull Terriers do well in apartments without young children. They can still play nicely with older children and adults. They are not good alone in an apartment.

Bull Terrier puppy is the friendliest with the family that gives him a lot of playful activities. He is most happy indoors with his family.

Bull Terriers can behave aggressively towards other dogs who are of the same gender and are okay with BTs of the opposite sex.

The Bull Terriers do well in apartments without young children. They can still play nicely with older children and adults. They are not good alone in an apartment.

They usually bark or howl less in normal environments. If they are intimidated or fought with, they will fight and bark badly.

Cold Weather Tolerability: The Bull Terrier cannot do well in cold weather. Taking the dog outdoors in winters will ruin his day.

Hot Weather Tolerability: Bull Terriers adapt well to the summer season.

Not only is BT intelligent, but he is also innovative. This goes against the ideal nature to be obedient and loyal to the owner.

BTs need regular exercise to keep themselves going. In fact, they enjoy doing exercise. This is very important as otherwise; they can become very destructive.

These dogs do not need much maintenance because they are okay with occasional teeth brushing and coat brushing.

The miniature bull terrier is less likely to be as highly hypoallergenic as other Bull Terriers and other dogs.

Bull Terriers are available at a price from $500 to $1000 in America. In India, their price is from 35000 to 45000.

About Bull Terriers

Originally, the Bull Terrier was made to become a fighter dog who could easily defeat his opponents. In the later part of history, he became a true companion for people.

This dog breed is unique in the sense that it has an ovular shape of the head and nowadays, they are used as show dogs.

Humans have been enthralled by this dog ever since its appearance in a beer commercial. It was since widely cherished for its affectionate nature, muscular frame, and most importantly, its head.

The dog is considered as a clown because of its funny quirks. This dog breed also has a smaller version called the miniature version. It too possesses similar characteristics.

He likes to imitate what his fellow humans are doing and hates to stay alone for long periods of time.


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When the white English Terrier (now extinct) was crossbred with the Bulldog, Bull Terrier was formed. This happened approximately in the year 1835.
Later, in order to make them larger, they were crossbred with Spanish pointers.
As time passed, the BTs had begun proving their mettle as fighting dogs in rings and became famous for their courage and manners.

The AKC (American Kennel Club) registered the breed in the year 1885. Inspired by the popularity and usefulness of the breed, the Bull Terrier Club of America was formed soon afterward.
In 1936, a colored variant of the BT was recognized throughout the world, and by 1992, a distinct breed called the miniature BT came into existence.
Among these variations, the BT ranks 62, the color variant ranks 85, and the miniature ranks 129.

the average lifespan of a Bull Terrier is 10 – 14 YEARS. The longest a Bull Terrier Dog ever lived was from Australia called “Pappa Trout”, who lasted up to 17 years.

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As time passed, not only appearance-related changes took place in the breed, but behavior also started changing in the breed. These dogs were not fighters anymore.
They became more social, towards family as well as other home dogs. In the present times, good temperament has been built into the dog, and it has also become courageous and fun-loving.

Facts Theatre

  • A barker for a reason.
    You will not find a BT barking often. Carefully pay attention when he is barking as he barks only for a reason.
  • Has the most distinct face among all dogs.
    With a nose of Roman type, they have faces that are egg-shaped that slope. Also, they have uncommon triangle-shaped eyes that are very unique.
  • A Marketing Guru!
    A BT named Spuds MacKenzie was Bud Light’s mascot. He was advertised as a man’s dog and made the sales of Bud Light go up by 20 percent.

Parenting Guide & Care

  • The breed is now not what it used to be as it has become gentler. It is highly protective and it secures his owner from a dangerous situation. Yet, it is not ideal as a guard dog.
  • Sometimes clownish and sometimes brave enough, the BT is a faithful, mannerly, and obedient dog.
  • They turn too close to their owners when too much friendliness happens. When you as a dog parent impose a firm and continuous leadership, BT makes for a good pooch.
  • If you supervise him well and be a caring companion, you can make your BT a very desirable dog.
  • Keep them away from small children as BTs are intimidating and are more energetic than expected. In fact, children should learn how to become a leader of a BT. It is difficult for timid owners to effectively handle a BT.
  • They need to be provided with a lot of organization and exercise, otherwise, they may turn destructive.
  • They must be mingled well from an early age or they will become extremely aggressive with other dogs.
  • If the BT is not neutered, he may not mingle well with other male dogs. Some other pets such as guinea pigs, hamsters, and rabbits are not suitable for being socialized with them.
  • A BT alone in the home can be disastrous. If someone is there to watch out for him in the home, it will be good for the home.
  • They just eat anything in their path and later die probably because of obstructions in the gastrointestinal passage. Early diagnosis can save a BT’s life. Do not keep Rawhide toys near him as they could be harmful.
  • Because of his active nature, up to an hour of exercise daily, both physical as well as mental, is recommended. His favorite pastime can be an interactive toy, chasing a ball, or going for walks.
  • He can chase other animals if let loose, so always keep him monitored on a leash.
  • A Bull Terrier puppy is agile and active, and making him do a rigorous exercise can destroy his growing bones. Let your puppy evolve to 12 – 18 months of age and then you can involve him in activities such as jumping from and to a piece of furniture.

Personality & Temperament

  • The BT is a participative pooch. He does not stay quiet for long and is such a friendly extrovert that he is always buckled up for some social excitement.
  • Unlike some dogs, a BT is happy all the time when he sees the owner. He will make your day fulfilling even if you have been having a bad day.
  • You will not usually see a BT who is timid and repulses strange people. This is not in his personality and if you see this trait, then there is a problem with him.
  • A BT is very brave and highly energetic. Even though this is a good sign, during jealously and possessiveness, he can become chaotic and destructive.
  • Just like other dogs, early socialization for a BT is essential. Due to his energetic nature, he can become aggressive towards other dogs if he is not socialized early in his life.
  • Their habit of chewing can be an issue sometimes. Sometimes, they chase their tails and are especially hard to housetrain.

BTs have often appeared in a lot of famous movies such as A Dog’s Life, Babe: Pig in the City, Next Friday, The Incredible Journey, and Oliver!.

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Grooming & Colors

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  • The texture of the BT’s coat is hard and glossy. The surface of the coat is flat and short.
  • Many color variants exist for a BT: one is white, and the rest are all colored. Markings on a completely solid white BT may be present on its head and not in any other part of his body.
  • White markings can be present on colored Bull Terriers. Colored BTs come in varieties such as tri-color, brindle and white, red and white, and black and white.

Given below are some easy tips to groom your BT:

  • A BT is relatively easy to groom. The only requirement is brushing them weekly with a curry comb.
  • When they shed two times in a year, regular brushing every day will be needed to keep the hair regulated.
  • BTs do not need to be bathed often. Bathing is needed only if his body has become dirty and smelly. Dry shampoos are great for cleaning his body so that later, it can be removed easily with a wet cloth.
  • You should brush your dog’s teeth twice or thrice in one week to remove any bacterial buildup of germs and tartar.
  • Nails are better if trimmed at most twice in one month.

Suggested: Red Nose Pitbull Terrier



The BT needs a good amount of food to keep himself healthy. You can have two meals for him in a day. The best quantity to give would be around 1 5/8 to 4 ¼ cups of dog food.

The type of food you give can be either homemade or commercial – it really does not matter much. Whether he is young or not, give him any diet that is appropriate.

Including calcium in their diets at a young age is beneficial for their bones as it is the main source of building healthy bones.
Giving him a little milk and yogurt can be highly advantageous. Especially when a BT is in a fast-developing stage, you can provide him items such as broccoli as it is high in calcium.

Keep an eye constantly on your dog’s intake of calories because he may be vulnerable to becoming overweight easily.

We all know that treats are very delicious, but then giving too many of them to your BT can make him obese.

The breed is filled with energy, and so, an ample amount of fat and protein is needed to be given in their diet.

Many types of food items are present in the market and many of them have fewer things in common. A few ingredients can even be dangerous for your dog, so you must ensure that you avoid feeding such food items.

It is very important that one prefers to give a protein-rich diet to their dog. With that, also ensure to give him many vegetables and fruits.

Given below is a breakdown of food by age:

Puppy Phase

In the initial months of a puppy’s life, you need to give him ample fat and protein to maintain their growth.

During this period, cognitive development is very critical to their overall growth and accommodation with the society.

According to standards, the ideal proportion would be 10% fat and 20% protein in their diet.

Adult Phase

This dog breed varies a lot in size. Hence, you generally need to provide 2 – 4 cups per day of food depending on their activity level and size.
Just like humans, not all BTs require equal amounts of food. Measure their weight occasionally and accordingly, set aside their diet requirements.

This breed is highly susceptible to obesity, and hence feed them restricted amounts of table food, canned food, and treats.

Senior Phase

At the age of seven or eight years, their activity level will start decreasing and as a result, they will start gaining weight.
As this happens, you can start decreasing their daily level of feeding and begin with a diet rich in quality which involves meat-based proteins.
You could give them a special diet of dog food for seniors.

Health and Vaccination

When you get a BT, you may have the results for the hearing tests called BAER (Brainstem auditory evoked response) for the white BT, thyroid, and heart clearances.

The following are the health problems that occur in BTs and that should be cared about.

1. Hereditary Nephritis

This condition is unique to BTs and is related to kidneys. Nephritis occurs in a young dog at a very early age. When a BT pup’s kidneys are very small and undeveloped, they may get damaged and result in this condition.

One of the causes is that the kidneys cannot function well, does protein get accumulated in high amounts, which leads to excessive urinal protein.

With the onset of this illness, the BT won’t survive more than the first 3 years of his life. Kidney failure results in death if the BT survives up to 6 to 8 years. The diagnosis involves beginning a urine/protein test in dogs from 18 months of age because experts recommend that.

Preventive measures include a test. If the test concludes an improper ratio of urine, then the indication is that the BT should not be bred. In renal dysplasia in BTs, the kidneys malfunction makes them unable to do tasks properly because of being born with immature kidneys.

2. Deafness

White BTs are often seen deaf as it is quite common. Surprisingly, the BTs who are colored are seen as being deaf in only one ear. The BTs who have been deaf in a single ear can still carry on a normal life.

In the diagnosis, the BAER testing ensures that the hearing is kept to a normal.

The treatment for puppies with deafness in both ears need special handling and training to resolve the case.

3. Heart Disease

Bull Terriers can face defects in heart function and structure.

In dogs with symptoms, you can actually recognize the heart problem in your dog when you hear a murmuring sound from within.

To diagnose, an ultrasound of the heart is required to successfully identify the heart issue.

Some resilient BTs outlive their murmurs because without being affected by any heart complication or heart failure.

The BT may need treatment in the form of medication or he may need surgery. The procedures may be decided based on the severity of the issue and the degree of affectedness.

4. Skin Problems

Unsurprisingly, the BTs with white skin are affected more by skin conditions such as irritations and rashes because they have more sensitive skin.

Another common cause of skin allergy is inhaling certain substances. Chemicals present in the air such as mildew, dust, and pollen are the culprits of allergies inhalant and contact allergies.

As a preventive measure, to avoid rashes of the skin, frequently check the BTs skin.

5. Spinning

When the BT is around six months into his life, he may begin the unusual act of spinning, which is a severe form of tail-chasing.

You would see symptoms of your dog’s disinterest in food and water when your dog would relentlessly keep spinning.

Treatments include some medications that can deal effectively with spinning such as Prozac, Anafranil, and phenobarbital. However, it is easier for females to get cured rather than males.

If your BT’s tail-chasing is mild, then as a preventive measure, by keeping him away from boredom, you can prevent tail-chasing behavior.

6. Lens Luxation

To cause the luxation of the eye lens, the adhesive ligament degrades, displacing the lens that is kept intact by the ligament.

Symptoms include eye irritation in 2 to 8-year-old dogs. Other symptoms include tearing of the eye, squinting, and excessive blinking.

Surgery or medication can be the treatment for this condition. Only in grave cases, would the eye removal be necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

In India, the Bull Terrier price is on an average ₹35000 - ₹45000. Our recommendation would be to prefer buying a dog from a nearby Bull Terrier rescue location. Be cautious of unethical breeders who may try to deceive you.
Because of their nature of being highly protective, they make very good guard dogs. They are capable of caring for and being highly protective of their home family members.

BTs seldom shed throughout the year because they are seasonal shedders. In a regulated and restricted manner however, they sometimes shed often. Regular brushing becomes a necessity during the shedding season as the quantity of hair fall becomes excessive.

Novice dog owners will find it very challenging to handle a BT, thus having a BT is absolutely not ideal for a new dog owner. These pooches demand tremendous teaching and direction from caretakers so that they socialize well with other fauna. The need for a large amount of exercise is also something that could be challenging for new owners.

BTs are highly heat tolerant. Living in hot areas is a cake-walk for a BT. No owner is required to provide a BT anything in a hot climate because BTs are strongly built and can resist high temperatures well.

The BTs in America are priced at $500 - $1000. Our recommendation would be to prefer buying a dog from a nearby rescue location. Be cautious of unethical breeders who may try to deceive you. Read the breeding standard for Bull Terriers before making a decision.

Because of their nature of being highly protective, they make very good guard dogs. They are capable of caring for and being highly protective of their home family members.

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