|Other names||Bully, Gladiator|
Bull Terriers are affectionate, assertive, and playful animals. The breed is easy to recognize, having an egg shaped head, flat on top from ear to ear, and small triangle shaped eyes with a long snout. Medium sized, they have short front legs, are sturdy, and compact with a low center of gravity befitting their history of being bred for blood sport and as vermin catchers.
They make excellent companion pets for engaged owners who have time to spend with them and can commit to the strong bond the animal will quickly develop. They are energetic and require activity and exercise to prevent them from descending into boredom. Their strong jaws are quite willing to exercise themselves on shoes and other personal effects if the animal is not otherwise entertained. Their short hair means little grooming other than the usual bathing.
Being bred to fight and catch vermin, they can pose a risk to other small animals in the home such as cats or rodent pets. Those same prey instincts, along with their assertiveness, can pose a risk to small children as well. Pet seekers unaccustomed to this breed who have small children should probably choose a more child friendly pet.
Though bred to hunt, they aren’t suited for outdoor environments so should be kept in the house rather than outside in a kennel.
Stats & Characteristics
|Country of origin||England|
|Weight male||60-70 lbs|
|Weight female||50-60 lbs|
|Energy level||High energy|
|Affection level||Moderately affectionate|
|Protection ability||Very protective|
|Good with dogs||Shy|
|Cold tolerance||Medium tolerance|
|Heat tolerance||Medium tolerance|
|Life span||11 – 14 years|