There’s no mistaking the Bull Terrier for any other breed. With his football-shaped head, muscular body and unmatched swagger, this is a dog that commands attention anywhere he goes. He’s an icon, seen at the side of owners from General Patton to Princess Anne, and in advertising campaigns for beer — the famous Spuds McKenzie — and department stores. He’s a high-energy tough guy with a soft heart, crazy about kids and strongly attached to his family.
On the plus side, grooming is a breeze with a Bull Terrier; just brush him a couple of times a week to keep shedding to a minimum, and make sure his nails are trimmed and his ears are clean.
The Bull Terrier is an indoor dog. Besides having a short coat unsuited to cold or wet weather, he’s the kind of dog who thrives on companionship and needs to be with his family when they are home.
Other Quick Facts
- The Bull Terrier comes in two varieties: white and colored. They are exhibited in separate classes at dog shows but are otherwise the same breed. A colored Bull Terrier named Rufus (Ch. Rocky Top’s Sundance Kid) won Best In Show at Westminster in 2006, the first of his variety to do so.
- When you look at a Bull Terrier, you see a strong, muscular dog with a long oval head that resembles an egg (especially in the white variety). Small thin ears point upward, and small dark eyes with a piercing glint are sunken into the head. A short tail, thick at the root and tapering to a fine point, is carried horizontally
- Bull Terriers have appeared in hundreds of films, ranging from “101 Dalmatians” and “Best in Show” to “The Mask” and “The Wizard of Oz.”
- The only currently recognized breed with triangular eyes is the Bull Terrier.