Illustration of Bull Terrier

No one could mistake a Bull Terrier for anything else. Built on lines reminiscent of the bull from which his name is partly derived, he stands on firm, powerful legs, staring straight at you. But for all his somewhat forbidding presence, he is, in fact, a kindly chap, loving the human race, even if he is none too sure about his attitude to the dog next door. Handled properly, he will live in peace with his neighbour, but he does need a firm hand if he is to fit effectively into modern life.

It was a certain James Hinks who first standardised the breed type in the 1850s, selecting the egg-shaped head. The breed was first shown in its present form at Birmingham in 1862 and the Bull Terrier Club was formed in 1887.

Most people think of him as being basically white all over, with an occasional piratical patch over one eye, but he also comes in other hues, including brindle, red, fawn and tricolour. One noteworthy feature of his standard is that ‘There are neither weight nor height limits, but there should be the impression of maximum substance for size of dog consistent with quality and sex’.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Terrier Breed Group

Dogs originally bred and used for hunting vermin. 'Terrier' comes from the Latin word Terra, meaning earth. This hardy collection of dogs were selectively bred to be extremely brave and tough, and to pursue fox, badger, rat and otter (to name but a few) above and below ground. Dogs of terrier type have been known here since ancient times, and as early as the Middle Ages, these game breeds were portrayed by writers and painters.

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