Bull Terrier

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 English Bull Terrier Temperament,

Comparable Breeds

Bull Terrier Information and Breed Notes

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The Bull Terrier Temperament is Courageous, Tenacious, Obsessive, Obstinate, and Feisty

popular amongst young gentlemen about town and they acquired the nickname of “White Cavaliers”, owing to their reputation for defending themselves but not provoking a fight. By the early 20th century, colour was being bred back into the breed which won acceptance into the AKC in 1936.

Their comic nature and expression has won the breed many friends and they have proven to be very successful in movies and advertising.

Bull Terrier Temperament:

Fun loving, people focused and attentive sums the breed up,very often with clownish behaviour and a keen intelligence that often seems to know what their owner is thinking and planning to do.

This dog craves companionship and with proper training and socialization will be an absolutely wonderful family pet, they love children and are great playmates for kids of all ages. Does not suit at all well to being left alone for any length of time.

The Bully, like many terrier type breeds does have a possessive/jealous streak in them and are prone to guarding objects or people.

This is a dominant breed, (the males in particular) so games such as tug of war that directly pit the dogs's strength against a person are to be discouraged, they can also be very aggressive towards other dogs ( especially if two males) so neutering is recommended.

This breed really does benefit from effective and ongoing training as well as proper socialization with children, small animals and other dogs from an early age.

They really are a fantastic and characterful breed to have around, you just need to know what you are doing  so perhaps this isn't the best dog for the novice owner.

Children: Very loving with kids of all ages if socialized early. There are of course many other dog breeds that are good with children

Exercise: Highly athletic and enjoys regular extended exercise sessions, makes a great jogging or hiking companion. Very playful! great for flyball, agility and weight pulling activities, or playing with children.

 Recognized everywhere,The English Bull Terrier is  powerful, energetic, versatile and not to be confused with his smaller cousin the Miniature Bull Terrier. Known originally as the “Bull and Terrier” they were once considered to be the ultimate pit fighting dog, however with the abolition of dog fighting a number of owners and breeders turned to dog shows to compete and gradually started to breed for appearance.

Throughout the 1860s their fearsome Bull Terrier temperament was gradually subdued by crossing with other breeds such as the Dalmatian - until a new all white strain began to emerge. This white strain proved to be extremely

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Staffordshire BullTerrier



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Protection level: Good watchdog will bark to notify of strangers or intruders, unlikely to be an effective guard, can be very aggressive towards other dogs if not socialized early, high prey drive not good around other pets or small animals.

Grooming: Very simple rub down and brush on a weekly basis.

Coat: Short, fine with harsh texture very flat against the body.

Health: Though generally a healthy breed, the Bull Terrier does have some genetic health problems associated with it:

Deafness, All white Bull Terriers are prone to either being born deaf or going deaf very shortly after birth.

This breed is prone to skin allergies caused by fleas or environmental factors, they are also susceptible to sunburn.

Zinc deficiency or Lethal Acrodermatitis is a serious defect present from birth in very young puppies usually untreatable and puppies are generally euthanized.

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) they can be prone excessive tail chasing , scratching or other anxiety type behavioral disorders and can be treated effectively with medication.

Problems associated with the breed can be mitigated by  Finding  a reputable breeder .and ensuring you have adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

  The Ideal Bull Terrier Owner is experienced, strong willed, and able to actively play and motivate him, not likely to leave the dog for long periods of time. As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club.

Don’t forget to check out our Bull Terrier Rescue page if you would like to know more about adopting a Bully.


Bull Terriers love to be the centre of attention and can be ringmaster of their own circus. Prone to “bully runs” they have high bursts of energy, tearing through the house, bouncing off furniture and skidding round    corners….”Chris Walcowicz-the Perfect Match

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Older Children


Ease Of Training

Novice Owners

Breed Popularity

Breed Health




Other Dogs

Shedding Amount

 Younger Children


Active Lifestyle


Apartment Living

Cats Or Small Pets

How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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