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Meet the breed: Bull Terrier

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle is the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking for a four-legged friend that will play nice with kiddos, find out everything you need to know about the unique Bull Terrier.


  • Good with older kids
  • Playful temperament
  • High energy
  • Easy grooming
  • Stubborn nature



If Bull Terriers make you think “Target,” you’ve hit the bull’s-eye, metaphorically speaking. Bullseye, the official spokes-dog of the Target brand, is one of many in the line of famed Bull Terriers. From William the Conqueror, better known as General Patton’s loyal sidekick Willie, to the beer-loving Spuds Mackenzie of Bud Light commercials in the 1980s, bull terriers have the personality and charisma fit for television as well as any loving, active household. Find out all about the captivating Bull Terrier.

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Breed standards

  • AKC group: Terrier
  • UKC group: Terrier
  • Average lifespan: 11-14 years
  • Average size: 45-50 lbs
  • Coat appearance: Sleek, smooth, short
  • Coloration: White, brown and black
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Other identifiers:
  • Triangular eyes; egg-shaped skull; round, muscular body.
  • Possible alterations:
  • Coat coloring varies and can be seen in a variety of colors and combinations.

Is this breed right for you?

Bull Terriers can get along in most living enviroments, and they thrive in families with older children to play with. This breed can get along in smaller dwellings as long as a rigorous exercise regimen is part of their daily routine. Bull Terriers can be prone to various skin allergies and other more-serious health issues. All potential owners should take into consideration the financial responsibility with regard to a variety of health concerns.

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A dream day-in-the-life

Games, training, running and more games. The Bull Terrier was originally bred for fighting purposes, so though it is a playful breed, training is required not only to diminish its protective tendencies, but also for mental and physical stimulation. Loyal ’til the end, Bull Terriers live for constant companionship, and a day spent with its beloved human makes this breed happy as a clown.

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