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English Bull Terrier Dog Breeds


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Height at the withers: Males 50 – 61 cm, Females 50 – 61 cm

Average weight: Males 20 – 29 kg, Females 20 – 29 kg

The Bull Terrier is a well-muscled dog that boasts a very distinctively shaped head that is rather long and which boasts being egg-shaped when viewed from the front. The tops of their heads between their ears is virtually flat and in profile their muzzles curve downwards from the top of a dog’s head to the tip of their nose. A Bull Terrier’s nostrils are well developed and their lower jaw boasts being strong and deep.

Their eyes are quite narrow and triangular shaped being placed obliquely on a dog’s face. Colour-wise, eyes can be either very black or a dark brown with Bull Terrier’s having a very distinct “glint” about them. Ears are small, thin and placed neatly close together on a dog’s head and which they carry very upright. The Bull Terrier has a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite where their upper teeth neatly overlap their lower ones.

Their neck is extremely powerful, muscular and long which dogs carry arched and which taper from their shoulders to their heads showing no loose skin whatsoever. Shoulders are muscular, strong without being overloaded and a dog’s shoulder blades are flat, wide and close to the chest wall, having a pronounced backward slope to them. Front legs are round with lots of bone which sees the Bull Terrier standing very solidly and squarely on them.

Their body is well rounded with dogs having well sprung ribs, a good depth from their withers to their brisket. Their back is quite short, but very powerful and level only arching over a dog’s well-muscled and broad loins. Bellies curve gently upwards which adds to a dog’s powerful appearance.

Hindquarters are powerful with dogs boasting strong, well-muscled thighs and second thighs. Feet are compact and round with dog having well arched toes. Their tail is short and set low which dogs carry horizontally. It is thicker at the base, but tapers to the tip.

When it comes to their coat, the Bull Terrier boasts having a flat, short and harsh, yet glossy coat with a softer undercoat that typically grows during the colder winter months, but vanished in the warmer weather. They have tight fitting skin and the accepted registration Kennel Club breed colours are as follows:

  • Black Brindle
  • Black Brindle & White
  • Brindle
  • Brindle & White
  • Fawn
  • Fawn & White
  • Red
  • Red & White
  • Tricolour
  • White
  • White with Black Head Markings
  • White with Black Markings
  • White with Brindle Head Mark
  • White with Brindle Markings
  • White with Fawn Head Markings
  • White with Fawn Markings
  • White with Red Head Markings
  • White with Red Markings
  • White with Tricolour Head Mark
  • White with Tricolour Markings


When Bull Terriers move, they do so with determination and purpose, moving freely and covering a lot of ground with each stride. They move with a typical “jaunty” gait and when they trot, both their front and back legs move in a parallel motion with a nice easy and smooth action at the hip while a nice flex in their stifles and hocks.


The Kennel Club frowns on any exaggerations or departures from the Bull Terrier breed standard and would judge any faults on how badly they affect a dog’s overall health and wellbeing as well as their ability to perform.

Males should have both testicles fully descended into their scrotums and it’s worth noting that a Bull Terrier can be a little taller or shorter as well as slightly lighter or heavier than stated in the Kennel Club breed standard which is given as a guideline only.

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