Bull Terriers

This dog is more than just an eye-catching pop icon. Find out what makes the Bull Terrier an excellent family pet (and a super party animal).   

Famous for its signature egghead and triangular eyes, the Bull Terrier’s striking looks made it a natural choice for royalty, socialites and some of today’s most well-known advertising campaigns. It’s no wonder that the most famous Bull Terrier dog, Spuds Mackenzie, was famously known as Budweiser’s “super party animal,” as this breed is extra friendly, highly energetic and a lovable trouble-maker.

Bull Terriers were originally bred for dog fighting in the 19th century. However, their good-natured disposition meant they were unsuccessful in the ring. Today, these intelligent, people-loving dogs make ideal family pets. Bull Terrier dogs love children, perhaps because their curiosity and mischievousness make them much like children themselves.

Why We Love the Bull Terrier Breed

  • Bull Terriers dogs have striking looks without the hassle of needing excessive grooming, and they’re also hypoallergenic!
  • These dogs are 45 pounds of pure, lovable muscle — they adore kids and are sturdy enough to handle them.
  • Bull Terriers are extroverted and always eager to greet you at the door.
  • This breed comes in a miniature version as well! Much like their larger counterparts, Miniature Bull Terriers make great family pets.

Things to Consider

  • Bull Terriers are forever in their terrible twos. Intelligent but willful, these dogs need firm training to manage their behavior and are best for more experienced dog owners.
  • An active owner is best for this super party animal, as they must have daily exercise to temper their high energy levels and prevent destructive behavior.
  • As people-lovers, Bull Terrier dogs crave your attention and require your time and maintenance.
  • 20% of Bull Terrier puppies are deaf. Deafness is difficult to detect at a young age, so a hearing test is recommended for Bull Terrier pups.

Why Rescue?

When Bull Terrier Spuds Mackenzie became a pop culture icon, the popularity of the breed soared — and so did aggressive breeding of these dogs in order to keep up with demand. And over-breeding of any animal will cause significant health issues that aren’t good for pets or their families.

Also, an owner who adopts this dog solely for its eye-catching looks may not be ready for the maintenance required by this loving, rambunctious breed. For that reason, many Bull Terrier dogs end up in shelters without a human family. If you’re ready to adopt a Bull Terrier, check out Bull Terrier rescues before turning to breeders or puppy mills. 

Bull Terrier Rescues

If you’re ready to adopt one of these adorable eggheads, there are plenty of Bull Terrier puppies and adults who are in need of a home. Here are just a few:

People-Loving, energetic & curious
Avg. Weight
45 - 50 pounds
Avg. Life Span
12 - 15 Years
Bull Terriers near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA emziemer@aim.com
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA longstreetcats@gmail.com
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA littlebuddies@erols.com
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