The Unusual Looking Bull Terrier How This Breed Gained Popularity

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Is the Bull Terrier Right for You?

  • 1 Bull Terriers are known for their bravery, loyalty, and obedience to their owners which makes them a great companion.
  • 2 They are highly protective to the point that they are not recommended with other pets.
  • 3 Bull Terriers are fun-loving and active dogs.


Back in the 1800s, when Bulldog v. bull fights were in vogue, aficionados of the โ€˜sportโ€™ decided to cobble together the ultimate bull fighting dog. They crossed a Bulldog with the Old English Terrier, threw in a little Spanish Pointer, and voila! The Bull Terrier was born. Turns out, Bull Terriers werenโ€™t all that great at bull fighting, but the breed still stuck around, being used as a guard dog, ratter, herder, and a watchdog. Also gaining popularity with the nobles, the white-coated Bull Terrier (aka โ€˜White Cavalierโ€™) became quite the commodity. By 1885 the Standard Bull Terrier was accepted by the AKC.

Quick Facts

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    Medium, Large

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    10-14 years

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    Hair Length


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    Male Height

    20-24 inches (51-61 cm)

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    Male Weight

    45-80 pounds (20-36 kg)

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    Female Height

    20-24 inches (51-61 cm)

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    Female Weight

    45-80 pounds (20-36 kg)

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    Litter Size

    1-9 puppies per litter with 4-5 the average


The Bull Terrier is well-known for their courage, agility, loyalty, and speed. Bull Terriers possess a special kind of inborn protective instinct, by which they defend their owner in needful circumstances. A brave, fun-loving, and active dog, the Bull Terrier is quite faithful and obedient to their owner, thus making them an extremely good companion and a family pet. Bull Terriers are highly protective, determined, and show enmity towards other animals. As a result, Bull Terriers are not recommended with other pets. The dog hates being teased and would find it rather tough to cope with children..


White or any color with white markings. Brindle, fawn, brown, and tan are common colors with or without white markings.

Health Concerns

The normal lifespan of a Bull Terrier usually ranges from 10-14 years. The common health problems which affect Bull Terriers are:


The Bull Terrier has a short, thick coat with a striking combination of colors; pure white, black, brindle, red, or fawn in color. Their head is flat at the top and slopes down proportionately till the end of the nose. The dog has small, attractive, dark, almond-shaped eyes and a horizontal tail. There are two main varieties of Bull Terriers: White ones and colors other than white. The average height of the breed ranges from 22 inches and it weighs from 52 to 65 pounds.

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