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Bull Terriers

With a downfaced, egg-shaped head, Bull Terriers have a unique and endearing appearance, matched with an affectionate and mischievous nature. The Miniature Bull Terrier is a scaled-down version of their larger relative, is an equally fun, exuberant, and sometimes stubborn companion. 

The development of the Bull Terrier began about 200 years ago in England, where the breed was used for bull-baiting and dogfighting. With the abolition of dogfighting, the Bull Terrier became a show ring dog and was bred for appearance and temperament. 

Bull Terriers are a medium dog, standing 53 to 56 cm at the shoulder and weighing around 23 to 32kg. The Mini Bull is a small dog, standing up to 36 cm in height and should weigh around 11 to 15 kg. They both possess a short, coarse coat, either white or coloured. The life expectancy for Bull Terriers is 10 to 13 years.

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Dog Breed Facts & Characteristics

Origin

England, 1800’s 

Also known as 

English Bull Terrier, Bully | Mini Bull 

Size

Bull Terrier: 53 to 56 cm height; 23 to 32 kgs weight

Miniature Bull Terrier: Up to 36 cm height; 11to 15 kgs weight

Weight Range

Bull Terrier: 23 to 32 kgs

Miniature Bull Terrier: 11to 15 kgs

 

Colours

White, brindle, fawn, red, black, and tricolour 

Life expectancy

10 to 14 years

Coat

Short, coarse, sheds 

Temperament 

Confident, mischievous, affectionate  

Activity levels

Moderately active 

Best suited for

Active households of experienced dog people 

Apartment friendly

Better suited to larger properties; Minis may adapt to apartment life

Personality 

Bull Terriers have comical and playful personalities and make a popular choice for families with children. That said, they often have an independent streak which may make them stubborn. Early training is therefore vitally important, and they tend to be better suited to a household with experienced dog people to aid in that training.

With fighting instincts in their veins, they may have tendencies towards aggression with other dogs and small animals. As with training, early socialistion will help them become used to other dogs, animals and people will help them be a better adjusted adult dog. BullTerriers need a moderate amount of daily exercise, such as leash walks, to stay fit. Both sizes appreciate a backyard to sniff around, but the smaller sized Mini may adapt to apartment life if given plenty of exercise, toys, and company. 

Grooming

The Bull Terrier has a short, coarse, coat that sheds but is easy to maintain. White, hairless tummies are prone to sun damage so protecting your Bull Terrier with a cute t-shirt or pet safe sunscreen is a good idea. Flea control all year around is recommend as is tick control if in a tick area. 

Feeding

When choosing a food for your Bull Terrier, select a premium dog food appropriate to your dog’s life stage. Help your fur baby avoid becoming overweight by ensuring that you follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size. Make sure your dog always has a supply of fresh, clean water available.

Common Health Concerns 

The five most common reasons for Bull and Mini Bull Terriers to visit the Vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure data across the 2020 calendar year included allergic skin disease, ear infections, foreign body ingestion, gastrointestinal upsets including canine haemorrhagic gastroenteritis, and tumours.

Rank

Condition

Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)

1

Skin diseases, including allergic skin disease

$194

$2,220

2

Ear infections 

$175

$1,906

3

Gastrointestinal problems, including canine haemorrhagic gastroenteritis 

$462

$5,092

4

Foreign body or toxin ingestion

$918

$4,272 

5

Tumours and cancers 

$439

$4,272

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

Most popular Bull Terrier names (PetSure data 2020)

Most popular names

  1. Frankie
  2. Bella
  3. Bruno
  4. Buddy
  5. Roxy
  6. Zeus
  7. Arlo
  8. Bruce 
  9. Chilli
  10. Coco

Most popular female names  

  1. Bella 
  2. Frankie
  3. Roxy
  4. Chilli
  5. Coco
  6. Ellie
  7. Harley
  8. Iggy
  9. Lola
  10. Missy

Most popular male names 

  1. Bruno
  2. Buddy
  3. Zeus
  4. Arlo
  5. Bruce
  6. Frank
  7. Monty
  8. Murray
  9. Roy
  10. Taco

Did you know?

Born in 1929, Patsy Ann was a completely deaf Bull Terrier who earned the name of “Official Greeter of Juneau, Alaska” for her unwavering service and uncanny ability to tell when a ship was coming into dock, long before everyone else did. Pasty passed away in 1942, and some 50 years later a bronze statue was erected in her honour on the dock where she greeted so many during her life. 

Where can I get a Bull Terrier?

Although they are a pure breed of dog, breed specific rescues may have Bull Terriers for adoption. It may also be possible to find a wonderful dog for your family at the local shelter or rescue organisation who is looking for a loving home. 

References

  1. American Kennel Club, Miniature Bull Terrier, Accessed on 20/05/21
  2. American Kennel Club, Bull Terrier, Accessed on 20/05/21 
  3. Australian National Kennel Council 2021, Breed Standard of the Bull Terrier, Accessed on 07/05/2021 
  4. Australian National Kennel Council 2021, Breed Standard of the Miniature Bull Terrier, Accessed on 07/05/2021
  5. Patsy Ann – Official Greeter of Juneau, Alaska, Accessed on 20/05/21
  6. Media News Group 2021, Swagger, Beloved Bull Terrier Mascot of Cleveland Browns, Remembered, Accessed on 04/05/2021

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

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