Bull terrier – General appearance

The Bull Terrier is a strongly built dog, muscular, well balanced and active with a keen, determined and intelligent expression. The Bull Terrier is courageous, full of spirit, with a fun loving attitude. A unique feature is its down-faced and egg shaped head. Regardless the size, dogs should look masculine and bitches feminine.

Bull terrier – Characteristics

The Bull Terrier is courageous, full of spirit, with a fun loving attitude. A unique feature is its down-faced and egg shaped head. Regardless the size, dogs should look masculine and bitches feminine.

Bull terrier – Temperament

The Bull Terrier is the gladiator of the canine world, full of courage and zest. It is well-balanced in temperament and amenable to discipline. Although obstinate, it is particularly good with people.

Bull terrier – Head and Skull

The head is long, strong and deep right down to the end of the muzzle, but not coarse. Frontally viewed, it is egg-shaped and completely filled, its surface lacking hollows or indentation. The top of the skull is almost flat from ear to ear. Profile gently curves downwards from the top of the skull to the tip of the nose, which should be black and bent downwards at the tip. Nostrils are well developed and under-jaw deep and strong.

Bull terrier – Jaw, Mouth and Teeth

The jaw is strong and deep. Teeth are clear of disease or deformation; they are clean and strong, of good size, regularly disposed with perfect and complete scissor bite; i.e. upper teeth are closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaw. Lips are clean and tight.

Bull terrier – Eyes

Appearing narrow, obliquely placed and triangular, black or as dark brown as possible so as to appear almost black, its eyes are baring a piercing glint. Distance from tip of nose to eyes perceptibly greater than that from the eyes to the top of the skull. Blue or partly blue eyes are undesirable.

Bull terrier – Ears

They are small, thin and placed close together. Dog should be able to hold them stiffly erect, when they are pointing straight upwards.

Bull terrier – Neck

It is very muscular, long, arched, progressively tapering from shoulders to head and free from loose skin.

Bull terrier – Forequaters

Shoulders are strong and muscular without loading. Shoulder blades are wide, flat and held closely to the chest wall and have a very pronounced backward slope of front edge from bottom to top, forming almost a right angle with upper arm. Elbows are held straight and strong, pasterns are upright. Forelegs have the strongest type of round quality bone, so the dog should stand solidly upon them and they should be perfectly parallel. In mature dogs, length of foreleg should be approximately equal to depth of chest.

Bull terrier – Body

Body is well rounded with marked spring of the ribs and great depth from withers to brisket, the latter being nearer to the ground than the belly. The back is short, strong with backline behind wither’s level, arching or reaching slightly over broad, well muscled lions. Underline from brisket to belly forms a graceful upward curve. Chest is broad when viewed from the front.

Bull terrier – Hindquarters

Hind legs are parallel when viewed from behind. Thighs are muscular and second are thighs well developed. Stifle joint is well bent and hock is well angulated with bone to the short and strong foot.

Bull terrier – Feet

They are round and compact with well-arched toes.

Bull terrier – Tail

Tail is short, set on low and carried horizontally; thick at root, it tapers to a fine point.

Bull terrier – Gait/Movement

When moving appears well knit, smoothly covering ground with free, easy strides and with a typical jaunty air. When trotting, movement parallel, front and back, only converging towards centre line at faster speeds, forelegs reaching out well and hind legs moving smoothly at hip, flexing well at stifle and hock, with great thrust.

Bull terrier – Coat

Coat is short, flat, even and harsh to touch with a fine gloss. The skin fits the dog tightly. A soft textured undercoat may be present in winter.

Bull terrier – Color

For white, pure white coat: skin pigmentation and markings on head are not to be penalized. For colored, color predominates: all other things being equal, brindle is preferred. Black, brindle, red, fawn and tricolor are acceptable. Tick markings in white coat remains undesirable. Blue and liver is highly undesirable.

Bull Terrier - Size

There are neither weight nor height limits, but there should be the impression of maximum substance for size of dog consistent with quality and sex.

Bull terrier – Faults

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be exact proportion to its degree.