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Bull Terrier - Appearance & Grooming

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015
Bull Terrier


The AKC standard for this breed states, “Given his muscular build, the Bull Terrier can appear unapproachable, but he is an exceedingly friendly dog, with a sweet and fun-loving disposition and popular in the obedience, agility and show rings.” Bull Terriers are strong, medium-sized sized dogs with very large oval shaped heads. They have unique triangular-shaped eyes that are small but almost always described as piercing. There are two varieties of Bull Terrier: White and Colored. The White variety may have markings on his head, but nowhere else on the body. Colored Bull Terriers come in brindle, black-brindle, red, fawn and white or tricolor.

Size and Weight

Bull Terriers stand between 21 and 22 inches at the shoulder and weigh anywhere from 35 to 75 pounds. In the show ring, their proportions and build are more important than the actual height and weight of the dog.

Coat and Color

Bull Terriers have a shiny, short, flat coat that has a hard texture. They come in two color varieties: white and colored. White Bullies may be solid white or have colored markings on the head. No color is permitted anywhere else on the body. Colored Bullies may be brindle, black-brindle, fawn, red and white or tricolor.

Grooming Needs

Bull Terriers are very easy to groom. They only require weekly brushing in order to keep their coat looking shiny and to keep loose hair under control. They do shed heavily in the spring and fall, and brushing will need to occur daily. Bullies don't require frequent baths, and many owners use a dry shampoo or damp cloth to keep the dog looking and smelling fresh in between baths.

As with all dogs, the Bull Terriers ears should be checked weekly for signs of redness and infection. Weekly cleaning with a veterinarian-approved cleanser can keep harmful bacteria from building up. Weekly tooth brushing will keep the teeth and gums healthy and prevent bad breath. Nail clipping may be required if the dog does not wear his nails down naturally.

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