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AKC Meet the Breeds: Bull Terrier

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

Playful and clownish, the Bull Terrier is best described as a 3-year-old child in a dog suit. Given his muscular build, the Bull Terrier can appear unapproachable, but he is an exceedingly friendly dog, with a sweet and fun-loving disposition and popular in the obedience, agility, and show rings. The Bull Terrier can be all white (markings on the head are permissible) or colored.

A Look Back
Bulldog-terrier crosses, of various sizes and colors, became popular as sporting dogs in the early 1800s. Around 1860, English dog dealer James Hinks developed a more refined version of these crosses, distinguished by its all-white coat. These dogs soon established themselves as a new breed -- the Bull Terrier. In Hinks's day they were often referred to as White Cavaliers. In the early 1900s Bull Terriers were back crossed with brindle Staffordshires to produce a colored variety.

Right Breed for You?
Bull Terriers become very attached to their owners and families and do not thrive when left alone. The breed loves children, but obedience training is necessary and care must be taken that they don't get overstimulated around younger children. Their short coats are easy to care for, but the breed requires daily exercise.

  • Terrier Group; AKC recognized in 1885.
  • No size standard, but most stand 21 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 50-70 pounds.
  • Game sports.

 

 

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