Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier is a stocky, well-muscled dog with a distinctive egg-shaped head and forms part of the terrier group. The Bull Terrier was were originally bred for dog-fighting and bull baiting and is thought to have been created by crossing other terrier breeds including the Bull Dog and the Manchester Terrier.

Bull Terrier breed Group


Size of the Bull Terrier


Country of origin


Bull Terrier Breed introduction and overview

The Bull Terrier is a medium sized, stocky and muscular dog. It is very much a ‘people’ dog, and loves human companionship. It has a fun, outgoing and fearless nature with a stubborn streak. The short coat and often white coat is prone to sunburn in the summer months, so sunscreen should be used to prevent problems, especially on the ears. Deafness is fairly common, around 20% of dogs with white coats are thought to be affected.

Bull Terrier temperament

The Bull Terrier is confident, strong willed and stubborn. Males can be problematic around other dogs, particulary often showing aggression, so care should be taken when out dog walking. Care should also be taken around cats and other smaller pets, as the the Bull Terrier retains a high prey drive. Two male dogs living together may not be possible, although two female together is often fine.

The Bull Terrier  is certainly  not a breed to consider for families with young children, and ideally suited to an owner with good knowledge and experience of this fascinating dog.

Colour varieties of the Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier breed comes in a wide variety of colours and markings which include:

  • Black Brindle
  • Black Brindle & White
  • Brindle
  • Brindle & White
  • Fawn
  • Fawn & White
  • Red
  • Red & White
  • Tricolour
  • White
  • White With Black Head Markings
  • White With Black Markings
  • White With Brindle Head Mark
  • White With Brindle Markings
  • White With Fawn Head Markings
  • White With Fawn Markings
  • White With Red Head Markings
  • White With Red Markings
  • White With Tricolour Head Mark
  • White With Tricolour Markings

Size and weight of the Bull Terrier

Height bitch 45-55cms

Height dog 45-55cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 22-38kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 22-38kgs

Exercise requirements of the Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier requires around an hour of exercise every day.

Is the Bull Terrier a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No, this is a dog for experienced handlers and owners with a good understanding of this breed.

Bull Terrier coat length

The glossy coat is short and low maintenance.

Grooming requirements of the Bull Terrier

Low. The short no-fuss coat requires little grooming, although a regular brushing with a good quality bristle brush or polish with a hound glove will add a lovely sheen to the coat.


No. The Bull Terrier sheds hair steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier is generally considered a healthy, robust and hardy dog. However, deafness is known to affect around 20% of white coated dogs. Deafness can be notoriously difficult to spot in young puppies, so veterinary advice should be sought.

White coated dogs are particulary at risk from sunburn, especially the ears and nose where the skin is exposed or fur is this. White coated Bull Terriers should be protected in hot sunny weather. Dog sunscreen cream can help protect vulnerable dogs.

Bull Terriers also have very short fur, which can make them more prone to skin allergies than other dogs. Bites from parasites such as ticks and fleas can result in sore and painful reactions, so ensure your Bull Terrier is protected by administering regular preventative flea and tick treatments, not forgetting worming treatment. A good quality natural dog food may help reduce skin flare ups and keep the skin healthy, and fish oil in the diet can also be beneficial.

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Bull Terrier

A healthy Bull Terrier should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-15 years.

Approximate Bull Terrier pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £750-£1,000 for a pedigree puppy, and litters are often available. There are normally an average of 5-10 puppies in a litter.  There were 1477 pedigree Bull Terrier puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Estimating how much a Bull Terrier would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 25kgs will require around 330gms of complete dry food daily. A dog weighing 30kgs will require around 365gms of complete dry food daily.

A bitch weighing 25kgs will cost around £8 per week to feed. A dog weighing 30kgs will cost around £9 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment