In the early 1800's Bulldogs crossed with terriers were popular.
By 1830 combat between Bulldogs and bulls were at the height of
their popularity. Lovers of this so called "sport" decided
to create a dog that would attack even more agilely. They crossed
the Bulldog with the Old English Terrier adding in some Spanish
Pointer blood, the result was the Bull Terrier breed. They soon
found that the Bull Terriers were not the most successful fighters.
In 1860 the white-coated variety, which was nicknamed the "White
Cavalier" was bred by a dog dealer named English dog dealer
James Hinks and soon became a fashionable pet for nobles.
The coloured variety of Bull Terriers were created by back crossing
them with brindle Staffordshire’s The breed has been used
as a guard, ratter, herder and watchdog. The Miniature was developed
to have the same qualities as the Standard Bull Terrier but with
a more manageable size. The UCK (United Kennel Club) does not place
any height or weight restrictions but does require the dog to be
in proportion. The Bull Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel
Club in 1948
The Bull Terrier is a strongly built, muscular dog. The body is
well round with a short strong back. The head is long and strong,
oval looking in shape, almost flat at the top, sloping evenly down
to the nose with no stop. The nose is black. The eyes are almond-shaped,
small and deep-set, dark in colour. The ears are small, thin and
close together. The long neck is very muscular, with robust shoulders.
The tail is set low and on the short side carried horizontally.
The coat is dense, short, flat and harsh to the touch. The White
Bull Terrier can have colour markings on the head, but no where
else on the body. The Coloured Bull Terriers may be black, brindle,
black-brindle, red, fawn and tri-colour with white markings.
Though this breed was once a fierce gladiator, he is much gentler
now. A Bull Terrier might have a preventive effect and it might
defend it's owner in a truly critical situation, but it isn't bred
to be a watch dog or any kind of guard dog. Courageous, scrappy,
fun-loving, active, clownish and fearless. The Bull Terrier is a
loyal, polite, and obedient dog. They become very attached to their
The Bull Terrier needs a solid pack leader to make decisions and
take command and plenty of affection and makes a fine family pet.
Bull Terriers like to be doing something and fit in well with active
families where they receive a great deal of companionship and supervision.
They do not do well in situations where they are left alone for
8 hours a day. With the right type of owner this breed is a joy
to own, but not recommended for most households. Fond of both grown-ups
and children, but if they do not get enough physical and mental
stimulation they may be too energetic for small children. Children
should be taught how to display leadership towards the dog. Meek
owners will find them to become very protective, wilful, possessive
and or jealous.
Bull Terriers may try to join into family rough housing or quarrel.
They need very firm training and lots of exercise. Bull Terriers
must be given a lot of structure or they could develop behavioural
problems. Be sure to socialize them well and remain the alpha leader
of what they consider their pack all of the time, otherwise, they
can be extremely aggressive with other dogs. Males may not get along
with other male dogs. They are not recommended with other pets although
they can get along with other dogs. This breed can be somewhat difficult
Standard Bull Terrier
Height: 51-61 cm. Weight: 20-36 kg.
Miniature Bull Terrier
Height: 25-33 cm Weight: up to 11-15 kg
Prone to slipped patella (dislocation of the kneecaps), heart defects,
kidney failure and skin and flea allergies. Prone to suffer from
a zinc deficiency, which can cause death. Gains weight easily. Do
not overfeed. White Bull Terriers are prone to hearing problems
Bull Terriers will do okay in small dwelling or flat if they are
sufficiently exercised. They are fairly active indoors. They prefer
This breed needs vigorous daily exercise, with at least two walks
a day. The Bull Terrier has a tendency to become overweight and
lazy if it is not properly exercised.
About 10-12 years
As little as 1 puppy and as many as 9 - Average 5
The Bull Terrier is easy to groom. An occasional combing and brushing
will do. This breed moults twice a year. You can remove loose hair
by a daily rubdown with a special rubber glove.