The Bull Terrier was originally bred as a fighting dog in England in the 1800’s, but today is bred as a companion animal. I would say that this breed is an acquired taste – you either love it or you hate it. Those who love the breed find its unusual looks and ‘roman nose’ very endearing, not to mention its love and loyalty to their owner.
I have heard experts of the breed describe having one like having a little child – you never know what they will do next, so they really need lots of supervision. This is not a good choice if your dog is going to have to spend lots of time by itself in the backyard.
I think it’s really important to be firm with this breed when training it as a puppy, as they grow up to be quite a heavy, strong dog. It might seem cute when it jumps up as a puppy, but when a big heavy dog jumps up, it can knock little or old people over. This breed is probably not really suitable for the elderly as they can be very strong and quite difficult to handle on the lead if not trained well.
The average lifespan is around 10 years, but they can live for up to 13 years with the right diet, genetics and lifestyle.
They usually grow to about 30-38 cm in height and weigh between 16 and 22 kgs in peak condition.