25-35 kg (approx)
10-12 years (approx)
The Bull Terrier is a strongly built, muscular dog. The body is well rounded 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, and the eyes are almond-shaped, small, and deep-set, dark in colour. The coat is dense, short, flat and harsh to the touch. The ANKC recognises white, black, brindle, red, fawn and tri-colour.
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. 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.
Though this breed was once a fierce gladiator, they are much gentler now. A Bull Terrier might have a preventive effect and it might defend its owner in a truly critical situation, but it isn't bred to be a guard dog. Courageous, scrappy, fun-loving, active, clownish and fearless. The Bull Terrier is a loyal, polite, and obedient dog and they become very attached to their owners. The Bull Terrier thrives on firm, consistent leadership and affection and makes a fine family pet.
This breed needs vigorous daily exercise, which includes a daily, long walk. The Bull Terrier tends to become overweight and lazy if it is not properly exercised. The Bull Terrier is easy to groom. An occasional combing and brushing will do. This breed is an average shedder, shedding twice a year. You can remove loose