Dog Breed

Bull Terrier

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Full Name
Bull Terrier
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Life Span
10 - 15 years
35 - 75 pounds

Sensitive, Friendly, Affectionate with Family, Kid friendly

Bred For
Fighting Dog
    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Bull Terrier good with children?

    The Bull Terrier is about average in how friendly they are with children. They can be friendly and loving with children, but we recommend that they get early socialization, and are not left alone with children for extended periods.
    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Bull Terrier friendly with strangers?

    Yes, the Bull Terrier is very friendly with strangers. We still recommend early socialization while the Bull Terrier is a puppy to introduce them to various new people, but in general they are friendly with everyone.
    Dog Friendly

    Is the Bull Terrier friendly with other dogs?

    The Bull Terrier is about average in how friendly they are with other dogs. They can be timid or defensive, but with proper training and socialization can be fine for dog parks and living with other dogs at home.
    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Bull Terrier like to cuddle?

    The Bull Terrier loves physical affection and cuddles. If you're looking for a cuddle partner you may have found the one!

    Does the Bull Terrier like to play?

    The Bull Terrier is always ready for play! It's important to keep in mind, as they need to be stimulated with games and affection throughout the day.
    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Bull Terrier make a good service dog?

    The Bull Terrier is not typically used as a service dog. There are always exceptions to the rule, but a service dog has to have many natural traits in addition to the proper training- smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner.
    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Bull Terrier good for first-time owners?

    The Bull Terrier would not be the best fit for first-time owners. A breed is only good for first-time owners if it is raised for home companionship, and is open to training and is motivated to please its owner.
    Training Potential

    How well can the Bull Terrier be trained?

    The Bull Terrier is about average when it comes to training potential. The Bull Terrier can be seen in competitions and can have advanced training, but it would require much dedication and oftentimes professional training.
    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Bull Terrier shed a lot?

    The Bull Terrier does shed, but less than average.
    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Bull Terrier easy to groom?

    The Bull Terrier requires very little grooming relative to other dog breeds, their coat is very low maintenance.
    Exercise Need

    Does the Bull Terrier need a lot of exercise?

    The Bull Terrier has a lot of energy and getting daily exercise is very important, both for their well-being and for their focus, which is important when you train them.

    How smart is the Bull Terrier?

    The Bull Terrier has average intelligence. They are smart and witty, but do not need to be constantly challenged mentally, as some other breeds.
    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Bull Terrier bark? Does the Bull Terrier bark too much?

    The Bull Terrier barks very little compared to other dog breeds. This is excellent for apartment living and is very convenient for travel and otherwise when you are out in public.
    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Bull Terrier a good guard dog?

    The Bull Terrier can serve as an excellent guard dog. It is both physically intimidating and also enjoys having a "job" to protect its family and property.
    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the Bull Terrier good at staying alone? Is the Bull Terrier independent?

    The Bull Terrier is not very independent and does not do great when left behind for longer than a couple of hours. This is one of the most important things to consider when getting a new dog.
    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Bull Terrier a good apartment dog?

    The Bull Terrier is not a good dog for apartment living for several reasons. It is still possible to make it work if the owner is dedicated to plenty of training and daily exercise, but it may be challenging.

    How big is the Bull Terrier?

    The Bull Terrier is a medium sized dog breed. They can range in size depending on genetics, and males are larger on average than females.
    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the Bull Terrier tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Bull Terrier?

    The Bull Terrier can tolerate hot weather well. They still prefer having some variation and a cool space to sleep, but overall they can do well in warm climates.
    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the Bull Terrier tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Bull Terrier?

    The Bull Terrier does not tolerate cold weather very well, and we would not recommend having a Bull Terrier if you live in a very cold weather climate. Even if your home is warm, it can be inconvenient to go on walks, and you may need to have a sweater for your Bull Terrier.
    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Bull Terrier try to run away?

    It is natural for the Bull Terrier to run away. They are easily distracted and excited, so the urge to run away should be expected and prepared for- a fenced yard is important.
    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Bull Terrier a healthy dog? The health of a Bull Terrier should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    The Bull Terrier is very healthy, but it is still important to feed the Bull Terrier high-quality food and to live a healthy lifestyle.
    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Bull Terrier?

    It seems like the Bull Terrier never runs out of energy. If you are looking for a 5 AM run partner, the Bull Terrier is your dog! A dog's energy level is one of the most important considerations when getting a new dog, and we would only recommend the Bull Terrier for a family where it will get plenty of exercise.
    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Bull Terrier drool?

    The Bull Terrier drools very little, typically to where it's never a concern.
    Prey Drive

    Does the Bull Terrier have a large prey drive? Does the Bull Terrier like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?

    The Bull Terrier has a high prey drive and has a natural tendency to chase after any small animal. Every case is unique, but the Bull Terrier may not be the best dog for living with other cats or small animals.

    Is the Bull Terrier atheltic?

    The Bull Terrier is athletic and has average levels of endurance. They need a lot of exercise, and can be an exercise partner as long as it's nothing too extreme.
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The Bull Terrier is a purebred dog that belongs to the Bull Terrier sub group, which falls under the larger Terrier dog breed group.
Terrier group: Anyone who has had a terrier knows that they come with a big personality. Across the Terrier dog group there is much variation, but they are all feisty, proud, and extremely loyal to their family. With this strong personality comes stubbornness, so they are not the easiest dog, especially for a first time dog owner. However, with training and a strong owner, they can be some of the most rewarding dogs- their strong personality is fun, active, and will always bring something new. Terriers were originally bred for hunting, exterminating small vermin, and home protection. Terriers are a healthy and athletic breed. Because of this they require a good amount of exercise.
Bull Terrier sub-group: Bull Terriers are a funny dog breed. Bull Terriers have so much energy to the point that they can be described as intense, but they are friendly and always looking to have a good time. They are built like bowling balls, so sometimes with the combo of playfullness, intensity, and physicality can be too much for small children, despite their good intentions. On the other hand, they do love children and will be willing to play 24/7. Bull Terriers are extremely loyal and brave as well. They can be used as personal protection dogs, or guard dogs, but need to be well trained. Despite their goofiness, and deep bond and love they develop with their owners, they are not an ideal dog for a first time dog owner because of their huge personality. Certain breeds have been bred for fighting, so they have a certain level of aggression in their DNA. So just like any dog, early socialization with other people and dogs is crucial.

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