English Bull Terrier

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Life span

14 Years


29 Kg


Terrier Dogs

English Bull Terrier Overview

This dog breed belongs to the terrier dog breed group. Their looks are often deceiving as the English Bull Terrier is a sweet natured dog with a wonderful temperament. They're eager to please and keen to learn new tricks. You can lots of fun with the Bull Terrier as they're very active and playtime is their favourite hobby. The English Bull Terrier is very protective of their family and loyal to their owner.

The Bull Terrier colour comes in either brindle and white, tri-colour, white, red and white, fawn and white and brindle. The Bull Terrier weighs between 22-38kg and height between 45-55cm.

English Bull Terrier Characteristics

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History & Origin

Back in the 19th Century the "bull and terrier" breeds were developed for vermin control and were based on the Old English Bulldog (which is now extinct) and the Old English Terrier. This breed combined saw the development of the English Bull Terrier.

English Bull Terrier Temperament

The Engish Bull Terrier can be both very stubborn and independent and therefore this dog breed is not recommended for an inexperienced dog owner. This dog breed is known to be very kind, loving and loyal but they do need discipline and lots of regular training.

Early socialisation is a must for this dog breed if they are to get on with other pets and children. The English Bull Terrier is described as a courageous dog breed, fun-loving and kindred spirit, making them a wonderful addition to a family.


Training your English Bull Terrier should be based on positive enforcement and consistency. This approach will yield positive results and will help keep the dog's attention and help with training and obedience. 

This dog breed is prone to be very stubborn and therefore needs plenty of patience during training.


This dog breed is fairly easy to groom. As they're short-haired and have flat coats, their fur doesn't mangle or become matted. Simply brush your dog's coat once a week is enough to help keep their coat in a healthy condition. The English Bull Terrier only requires bathing occasionally but their teeth should be brushed daily. 

Wetting their coat before brushing works well for this dog breed. A reputable grooming mitt is best for brushing this dog breeds coat. Using a dog dry shampoo works well on an English Bull Terriers coat, especially if they're smelly and dirty.


English Bull Terriers puppies need to be checked for deafness as this can be a health issue later on in adult life. If in any doubt you should check with a reputable breeder if they've already had a hearing test or this can be done at your local veterinary practice.

This dog breed is also prone to developing skin allergies, so keeping their coat free of fleas, insects and mites can help protect their coat.

There are also other health conditions the English Bull Terrier is predisposed to and there are regular genetic tests that can be done to rule out any of the following conditions:

  • Kidney problems
  • Luxating patellas
  • Herat problems
  • Lethal acrodermatitis - a genetic disease that can cause fatal skin conditions 

If in doubt, you should check with your reputable breeder.


As with many dog breeds, English Bull terriers are very lively and can be boisterous if they don't get enough exercise and mental stimulation. The English Bull Terrier requires at least one hour of exercise a day to keep them healthy and happy. Exercise should include daily walks with extra playtime to prevent your dog from becoming bored and destructive with their behaviour. 

Splitting your dogs exercise up on a daily basis is better suited than giving your dogs daily exercise in one go.

Children and other pets

The English Bull Terrier loves people and as long as they are socialised correctly from a young age, they can get on very well with people of all ages. Although this dog breed is good with all children, they are better suited to a family with older children as they can be over-excitable. 

The English Bull Terrier can be nervous and sometimes aggressive around other dogs if they've not been socialised well from a young age. It is best to introduce a new pet to the home from a young age so they can both grow together and socialise better together.

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