Bull Terrier

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Breeder (professional)

Gender: Female

Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques

Quick to learn and train


Emotionally stable


Family oriented


Child safety


Safe with small pets


Doesn’t bark a lot




Easy to groom


Great watch dog


Great guard dog


Unique dog.


United Kingdom

Posted November 11, 2014

Firstly a note on the dog's scores. On training: I am genuinely unsure if English bull terriers are very intelligent but stubborn or eager to please but stupid, as every bull terrier we have had could be either. On emotional stability: generally quite sure of themselves, but the most bizarre or trivial things can upset or excite them. Health: pedigree dog problems. On barking: barks to let you know of things she thinks need your attention, but this could be a puddle she's seen. Child safety: can be excited by high-pitched noises, so that could be problematic with young children. On guard and watch dog: people are naturally wary of them and they can be vocal with people they don't know or people making violent or sudden movements. Sometimes they growl when they want to be friendly, but I am doubtful someone is going to be looking at the nuances of a growling bull terrier's body language to decide if it's friendly or not.

We've kept bull terriers since I was born. They are usually good with other dogs as long as introduced in a calm manner. Worth considering that they are strong and don't quite grasp that other animals are not always as robust as they are. Generally they have all seemed very sensitive to scolding, but following commands is not necessarily going to happen, which can be frustrating for dog and owner. Most I have had have been very food-oriented.

As pets in general, they're good but play-drive is not always that high. They enjoy multiple shorter walks, rather than one very long one. Surprisingly given their stubborn nature, they take to leads and walking to heel extremely quickly, grasping it in one or two goes.

They are quite clean animals, so crate-training is very effective. They like to be with you and will have sudden bursts of speed to get through open doors if you go into another room. On the plus side, this can make them easier to car-train.

English bull terriers sometimes go on something called "the bull terrier run". This usually results in them launching themselves off a chair or out of a basket and running at full pelt for a short while. They can break bones if they crash into things. You won't notice this because they are stoic and will not limp unless it's literally sticking out. They will also continue to do bull terrier runs on broken limbs as it seems to be instinctive. This can cause complications but I have no solutions.

Side-note for those who wish to breed them: they can be excited by the taste of blood and the youngs heads result in birth complications usually meaning c-sections are required. This is not inherently a problem, just be aware it could happen, especially with pedigrees.

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