Bull Terrier

History/Evolution:

Bull baiting and dog fighting were in vogue in England in the early 1800s, and patrons worked to breed dogs into fighting champions. Crosses between Bulldogs, various Terriers, and Dalmatians yielded the Bull Terrier, which captured the attention of the public. Despite the breed’s somewhat unapproachable appearance, the Bull Terrier is a friendly and fun-loving dog who has become popular as a devoted family pet and exceptional competitor in agility and conformation.


Size:

Medium; 21 to 22 inches, 50 to 70 pounds.

Color:

White, colored variety may be brindle or any color.

Temperament:

Playful, mischievous, natural clowns; may be too exuberant for young children. Prone to bursts of energy; can be destructive chewers. May be aggressive with other dogs and small animals.

Energy level:

High.

Best owner:

Active owner in a suburban or rural home.

Needs:

Daily mental and physical exercise, leash, fenced yard, human companionship, obedience training, minimal grooming.

Life expectancy:

11 to 14 years.