Bull Terriers have a compelling mix of playful, clownish, powerful, fearless and obstinate characteristics.


Affectionately known as the gladiator of the canine world, this mix of a Terrier and the ancient bull-baiting dog is a remarkable combination of power, grace and agility. And while they aren’t for everyone, it’s said once you’ve met or owned a Bull Terrier, you’ll be hooked for life. Boisterous by nature, they sometimes have little tolerance towards other animals or pets, but are mostly even-tempered.

Fun fact: They are the only dog breed with

triangular-shaped eyes.

Early socialisation and training is a must. They need to be entertained, yet given structure. They should be led by an assertive and confident pet parent. If not stimulated properly, they can be destructive. An inexperienced dog owner may find their stubborn and independent nature difficult to handle. Miniature Bull Terriers are also popular pets and have a similar temperament to the Bull Terrier, but as their name suggests, they are smaller in size.

They love being with the family whether indoors or out. They don’t enjoy ‘me’ time. Notorious sunbathers, Bull Terriers need to be kept away from too much heat or cold. A daily rub-down will help remove loose hairs. Their coat sheds twice a year.

Bull Terriers love to chew and will gnaw through almost anything, so maybe you’ll want to keep that new couch on hold. They love daily long walks and an energetic game. For active households, a Bull Terrier will fit in perfectly. They are originally from Great Britain and grow to be a large dog, around 45cms in the withers and weighing approximately 33kgs.

Scheduled six monthly health check visits with your vet are important to ensure that your dog is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. While they are quite healthy overall, they are prone to skin conditions and deafness. Together with your vet, you can determine and maintain a preventative health care program based on the individual needs of your canine companion.

How big do Bull Terriers get?

A Bull Terrier is a large-sized breed weighing roughly 33kgs, with a height of roughly 45cms.

How much space do Bull Terriers need?

Yard space is ideal for this breed.

How much energy do Bull Terriers have?

Bull Terriers require a moderate level of exercise. A long daily walk and games of fetch will keep them happy.

How difficult are Bull Terriers to train?

Bull Terriers can be difficult to train. Patience and perseverance are required.

Are Bull Terriers suitable for families?

While best suited to a space with a yard, with plenty of exercise they can adapt to an apartment.

Are Bull Terriers compatible with other dogs and animals?

Introduce other pets from a young age to encourage friendship.

How much company do Bull Terriers need?

They prefer to have constant company and want to be around their family.

Are Bull Terriers a hypoallergenic dog breed?


What coat and grooming needs do Bull Terriers have?

They are low-maintenance. A weekly brush will help to keep their coat looking healthy and regular rub-downs will help remove loose hairs. They have a short smooth coat, usually in white.

Do Bull Terriers shed?

They shed a very small amount.

Do Bull Terriers have a tendency to bark?

Not known for having a chat, Bull Terriers’ tendency to bark is quite low.

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