What Do Bull Terriers Look Like? (Height, Weight, Coat, and Colors)

What Do Bull Terriers Look Like? (Height, Weight, Coat, and Colors)

Do you remember the Budweiser advertisements from the late 1980s? The ad featured Spuds Mackenzie, a Bull Terrier whose sly grin and on-screen antics made the breed a cultural legend. The breed’s distinctive head and strong form drew a lot of attention. The popularity of the Bull Terrier skyrocketed when the commercials aired.

Bull terriers have been around for a long time. The first bull terrier was a British dog bred in the 1800s by John Henry Walsh. It was originally used as an all-purpose farm dog, and it became popular as a sport dog for bull baiting.

What do Bull Terriers look like? Here is a detailed article about the breed’s height, weight, coat and colors.

Bull Terrier Appearance

The Bull Terrier is a terrier mix of English, Irish, and Scottish breeds. These dogs are known for their distinct appearance and physical traits. They have a broad head with a blunt muzzle and almond-shaped eyes. They have erect ears that are triangular in shape.

Bull Terrier Size

Bull Terriers stand between 21 and 22 inches tall and weigh between 50 and 70 pounds.

Bull Terriers used to come in three sizes: standard, miniature, and toy. The Toy variation is no longer available, and the Miniature variety has evolved into its own breed, measuring 10–14 inches in height and weighing 18–28 pounds.

Bull Terrier Head/Skull

Bull Terriers are recognized for their distinctive “egg-shaped” heads. It has an oval shape skull and softly curves downward from the top of the head to the nose. The head is long, robust, and deep. From the side, you can see an arc from the top of the head to the tip of the snout. It is also known as a Roman nose for this reason.

With time, to obtain a flawlessly egg-shaped head and an extended muzzle, refinements were made to eliminate the stop, the line between the muzzle and the skull.

Body Structure

Bull Terriers are robust and well-built dogs. They move with a fluid pace and a jaunty attitude that conveys quickness and power, and they have powerful shoulders, a short back, and big-boned yet straight legs.

Their neck is muscular but not too thick or long and their chest is broad with deep ribs. Their back legs are straight while the front legs are slightly bent at the elbow so they can move more efficiently when chasing prey or defending themselves.

Their little black eyes have a piercing sparkle and are deep into the skull, and their small slender ears point upward. A short tail is carried horizontally, thick at the root and tapering to a fine end.

Fun Fact: Bull Terrier is the only recognized breed with triangle-shaped eyes.

Coat Type

A Bull Terrier’s coat is short, flat, and rough to the touch. It has a nice sheen to it, and the skin is well-fitting.

Coat Colors

Bull Terriers come in a variety of colors and patterns. Colored Bull Terriers can be any color, however, brindle is favored, and all other colors are equally acceptable in the show ring.

There are two types of Bull Terriers: “White” and “Colored.” This may appear strange at first. Why are there just two groups while “Colored” has so many different and gorgeous shades? Find out all about it in our article Bull Terrier Colors: A Complete Guide’


The Bull Terrier is a medium-sized, muscular dog with a wrinkled, leathery nose and a tail that curls over its back. The coat is short, smooth, and glossy. It comes in various colors including black, white, red, and tan.

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To know more about the Bull Terrier, explore more about the breed here.

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