Bull Terrier Puppies

History of the Bull Terrier breed

In the 1950s, James Hinks of Birmingham, England began breeding a new kind of dog, the white Bull Terrier. The breed was obtained as a result of a long-term breeding experiment, that involved Dalmatians in addition to the English bulldog and the white English terrier. For the first time, James Hinks showed a white bull terrier at a dog show in 1862. The appearance of the white bull terrier improved compared to the old bull and terrier, the undershot was corrected, the dog’s body became longer, the head took on an elongated, oval shape, the looseness of the lips and neck dewlaps disappeared. The bull terrier has absorbed their best features - vitality, endurance, muscularity and intelligence - from different dog breeds. Naturally, the combination of these great qualities made the white bull terrier much more attractive. At one time, it was considered a sign of good manners for Oxford professors and students to keep a white bull terrier. The Bull Terrier was recognized by the English Kennel Club in the last quarter of the 19th century, and in the early 20th century, colored bull terriers were also allowed to participate in club breeding.


Bull Terriers are friendly dogs. They have an excellent sense of humor! They can also be stubborn and are not the perfect dogs for an inexperienced owner. These dogs are generally calm, however, you should remember that historically this is a fighting breed. Therefore, the Bull Terrier always responds to a challenge, but usually isn’t the one to provoke the conflict. It’s a very affectionate dog that loves company. Therefore, it’s best not to leave it alone for a long time: a bored dog can make a serious mess in your room. Bull Terriers have a very good-natured disposition, but if they aren’t properly socialized and aggression is encouraged, they will definitely show off their instincts.

In this case, you will become the owner of a "cold weapon" - an incredibly smart and hardy dog with a strong bite and powerful muscles. Fortunately, studies by the American organization ATTS indicate that only 10% of Bull Terriers are potentially dangerous to humans. The rest of these dogs no longer resemble their distant ancestors - the bloodthirsty gladiators of the fighting pits. Properly bred Bull Terriers are the embodiment of friendliness and spirited cheerfulness. These dogs want to play and frolic all day long. When you let this fidget into your home, you should be ready for long and regular walks. Otherwise, your pet will feel unhappy and will find a way to have fun on its own. If you don't want to sacrifice your room slippers or furniture upholstery, take your Bull Terrier to the nearest park.

Physical exercise

Bull Terriers are an active breed that requires a fair amount of exercise, running off a leash, and athletic training, i.e., running along the road. An hour of exercise per day is the minimum requirement, although this breed will be happy with more exercise!

Hair care

The Bull Terrier’s coat is fairly easy to care for. Their short coat can be handled with a rubber grooming glove about once a week to remove dead hairs.

Best Breeds for Kids

These dogs usually get along well with children. However, dogs and children must learn to get along with each other, respect each other and feel safe together. In any case, young children should not be left alone with the Bull Terrier- adults must control all interactions between them.

Comments on the standard

The Bull Terrier standard helps to imagine the ideal dog of this breed. However, along with it there are also three more types of dogs. Bulldog type - compact, with strong bones, broad chest, very muscular limbs, fleshy shoulders. This type tends to be coarse, although the best specimens have incredible strength and energy; Terrier type - elegant outer lines, fine neck, good front and shoulders. However, it’s not powerful enough, has a frame that’s a little too light and a chest that’s a little too narrow; Dalmatian type - proportional, beautiful limbs, long neck and the most proper movements. The head is generally well-lined and rather long.

Common faults: leggy, flat chest, long loin, insufficiently filled muzzle. All three types balance each other and should not be underestimated. The Bulldog part gives power and strength, the Terrier improves the contour, mobility and reaction, the Dalmatian improves movement. The cross-breeding with the Dalmatian was probably decisive in balancing the two other hardly compatible breeds. Mixed dogs who are close to the ideal, have a long and strong neck, properly set shoulder blades, straight limbs, a wide chest, and a low-set tail. They are less coarse than the Bulldog type, but also less expressive. They are less flexible than the Terrier, but stronger and more energetic. And they are less elegant than the Dalmatian, but more compact and robust.


A Bull Terrier’s head is very different from that of any other dog. It has its own unique exterior features. The shape of the head set by the standard has been formed only in recent decades. This "down-face" (lowered down, curved muzzle) has become the typical feature of this breed all over the world. The elegantly curved line runs uninterrupted from the ears to the nose, only curving slightly downwards by the nose, which is known as the “classic Roman profile.” The filling of the muzzle under the eyes is considered one of the most important features, more important than a perfect topline. A bull terrier with a well-filled head is suitable for breeding even with a slightly arched topline.

In this case, it’s crucial to make the right choice of a breeding pair. As far as the length of the muzzle, the nose-to-eyes distance should be greater than the eyes-to-occiput distance. The defect is a sharp muzzle. It gives the dog a pincher-like appearance. Of particular importance is the powerful lower jaw, which is often overlooked. The dog should not be "big-headed", i.e., the head, even the best-shaped, should be proportionate to the body.


The shape of the eyes is of particular importance for the Bull Terrier’s appearance. His eyes should be small and triangular: the lower eyelid is the base of the triangle. The position of the eyes is oblique. Large, round eyes are considered a defect. Blue and brown eyes are seen as a deviation from the standard. However, eye color is a cosmetic flaw, and therefore these dogs should not be culled.


The nose is dark in color. Relatively little importance is given to this feature at present, although a dark chestnut nose is a serious deviation from the standard. There is also a "butterfly" nose type, with pink skin on a black nose. As a rule, it is observed in young dogs, and the pink spots on the nose gradually turn black with age.


Small and thin. Many dogs have a habit of laying their ears back, so it’s important to train your dog to prick up its ears on command. If a dog's ears aren’t standing up by the age of one year, the dog is likely to remain lop-eared, sometimes on one side, because of weak ear cartilage.


A good bull terrier stands on heavy-set legs, has a broad chest and strong shoulders. It needs a wider set of limbs than dogs of other breeds so that the enemy cannot overturn him and knock him down. The correct ratio of the depth of the chest to the length of the limbs is especially important. In addition, well-curved ribs are a requirement. A powerful barrel-shaped rib cage structure is very important, with the depth of the chest being an important factor. When viewed from the side, the elbow joint should be above the lower line of the chest. The bottom line should make a graceful curve towards the belly, but too pronounced. Despite the athletic build, the dog should demonstrate the grace of a good terrier. Muscles and a spacious chest are required, not fat.


The angle of the humeroscapular (neck and scapula) joint should be 90 degrees, which allows for the widest span of the forelimbs, a more elegant set of the neck, a larger chest and a smaller lumbar region. A straight front is characteristic of Fox Terriers and similar breeds, but unacceptable for Bull Terriers. Evaluation of the forearm and scapula bones hidden under the muscles presents a serious difficulty. A straightened shoulder blade is quite common, in which case the tip of the shoulder blade does not point far enough backwards, which is usually associated with a forearm that is too short. With this shape of the shoulder girdle, the forelimbs go forward and the dog seems overly stretched. Dogs of this type usually have a low neck extension. It is often the case that dogs with high shoulders suffer from choking and their movements are restricted. Properly set shoulder blades are the key to proper gait and correct neck and head alignment. A sufficient angle in the elbow joint is very important, but too little attention is paid to it, unlike the knee joint.


The standard body description barely requires any comments. In any case, we rarely see a really good back. The most common deviation is an overstretched body, often associated with a strongly pronounced overhang and an overly arched loin. Other common flaws include flat ribs and a short chest.

Hind limbs

The weak point of this breed has always been the back. The most common defect is a short thigh or lower leg, and sometimes both. Another common fault is flared knees, close hocks, and turned-out paws. In some cases, it’s the result of poor rearing, but sometimes it is a sign of dysplasia.


A perfectly low-set horizontal tail has become increasingly rare in recent years. It is difficult to judge the tail position in an agitated dog, as is often the case at shows or during a conflict between two dogs. Naturally, there are more important features, yet a high-carried, often referred to as "fun" tail is not the norm for a Bull Terrier. A feistily curled-up tail is often a sign of an abnormal croup.


The standard clearly describes the free, springy movements of the Bull Terrier. Truly flawless movements are the result of proper anatomy. On the other hand, improper training, fatigue, unnerving environment can also affect the movements. Speaking of movements, it is vital to remember the goals of breeding bull terriers. They are not adapted to dig like Scottish terriers or dachshunds, or to chase prey like a greyhound, or to trot for a long time like a sheep dog. They are created for their element - fighting the enemy. That is why they must put all their strength into the throw and avoid injury in the process. At the exhibition, however, the dog must be examined in trot, because at this gait it is easiest to assess the general correctness of its constitution, in particular, the structure of its limbs.


The tight fit of the skin to the dog’s body is important. Loose skin is a very undesirable legacy from the bulldogs. Often there are pale, round or somewhat oval pigment spots, especially on the skin of the abdomen. The hairs that grow out of these spots are not dyed, and the spots themselves are more visible in summer than in winter. Even when these spots are very numerous, they are not considered a defect.


In white dogs, colored markings are only allowed on the head. These markings can be any of the typical Bull Terrier colors: black, red (or tan), fawn (buck) or striped (brindle). In colored dogs, their color should be predominant, over 50% of the body surface. White markings are limited to those on the muzzle, neck and front of the chest, on the underparts of the limbs and the tip of the tail. Abdomen skin often remains uncolored. For practical breeding, it is important to know that the mating of two white dogs produces 100% white puppies, whether or not the white parents descend from white dogs.

White puppies can even appear in litters with all color combinations of parents. There is only one exception: when a dog of one solid color without any marks is mated with a white dog or with a dog of a different color, it can be guaranteed that there won’t be a single unmarked white puppy. White dogs from colored parents carry their color factor further as a recessive gene. Since white dogs are constantly used in color breeding, it is very important to know which gene a dog is carrying. A black and fawn dog without white markings has difficulty standing up against its competitors. If it had marks, it would be called a tricolor. Such dogs look especially elegant.

Colored dogs with no white markings at all are descended from solid-colored ancestors. In England and other European countries, colored dogs are not mated with each other; it’s either whites with coloreds, or whites with whites. The red color is especially popular. The ideal shade in this color is chestnut. Bright red Bull Terriers with small dark eyes are particularly popular. Our kennel has all kinds of purebred Bull Terrier puppies for sale, please contact us for a consultation.

Scale and proportions

The last standard regulates the size and weight and does not require any comments. Maximum strength is required. However, over the past decades, it has turned out that dogs within a certain proportion range give the impression of a typical Bull Terrier! The Bull Terrier’s proportions can be subdivided into three almost identical parts: the head in relation to the body is larger than in other dog breeds. If the bull terrier is viewed from the side, its body from the nose to the root of the tail along the length can be divided into three almost identical parts, where the head constitutes the first part.

The dog optically loses proportion if the head is too small or the legs are too long. Proportionality and conformation go hand in hand, and the lack of a general sense of the breed is the worst of faults. Any specific shortcoming can be forgiven if the dog is generally good, if the bull and dog the terrier are harmoniously combined in it. If you want to find your Bull Terrier puppy for sale, you’ve come to the right place.

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