The Bull Terrier must be strongly built, muscular, symmetrical  and active, with a keen determined and intelligent expression, full of fire but  of sweet disposition and amenable to discipline.

Head Should be long, strong and deep right to the end of the muzzle, but not coarse.  Full face it should be oval in outline and be filled completely up giving the  impression of fullness with a surface devoid of hollows or indentations, i.e.,  egg shaped. In profile it should curve gently downwards from the top of the skull  to the tip of the nose. The forehead should be flat across from ear to ear. The  distance from the tip of the nose to the eyes should be perceptibly greater than  that from the eyes to the top of the skull. The underjaw should be deep and well  defined.

Lips Should be clean and tight.

Teeth Should meet in either a level or in a scissors bite. In the scissors bite the  upper teeth should fit in front of and closely against the lower teeth, and they  should be sound, strong and perfectly regular.

Ears Should be small, thin and placed close together. They should be capable of being  held stiffly erect, when they should point upwards.

Eyes Should be well sunken and as dark as possible, with a piercing glint and they  should be small, triangular and obliquely placed; set near together and high up  on the dog’s head. Blue eyes are a disqualification.

Nose Should be black, with well-developed nostrils bent downward at the tip.

Neck Should be very muscular, long, arched and clean, tapering from the shoulders to  the head and it should be free from loose skin.

Chest Should be broad when viewed from in front, and there should be great depth from  withers to brisket, so that the latter is nearer the ground than the belly.

Body Should be well rounded with marked spring of rib, the back should be short and  strong. The back ribs deep. Slightly arched over the loin. The shoulders should  be strong and muscular but without heaviness. The shoulder blades should be wide  and flat and there should be a very pronounced backward slope from the bottom  edge of the blade to the top edge. Behind the shoulders there should be no slackness  or dip at the withers. The underline from the brisket to the belly should form  a graceful upward curve.

Legs Should be big boned but not to the point of coarseness; the forelegs should be  of moderate length, perfectly straight, and the dog must stand firmly upon them.  The elbows must turn neither in nor out, and the pasterns should be strong and  upright. The hind legs should be parallel viewed from behind. The thighs very  muscular with hocks well let down. Hind pasterns short and upright. The stifle  joint should be well bent with a well-developed second thigh.

Feet Round and compact with well-arched toes like a cat.

Tail Should be short, set on low, fine, and ideally should be carried horizontally.  It should be thick where it joins the body, and should taper to a fine point.

Coat Should be short, flat, harsh to the touch and with a fine gloss. The dog’s skin  should fit tightly.

Color Is white though markings on the head are permissible. Any markings elsewhere on  the coat are to be severely faulted. Skin pigmentation is not to be penalized.

Movement The dog shall move smoothly, covering the ground with free, easy strides, fore  and hind legs should move parallel each to each when viewed from in front or behind.  The forelegs reaching out well and the hind legs moving smoothly at the hip and  flexing well at the stifle and hock. The dog should move compactly and in one  piece but with a typical jaunty air that suggests agility and power.

Faults Any departure from the foregoing points shall be considered a fault and the seriousness  of the fault shall be in exact proportion to its degree, i.e. a very crooked front  is a very bad fault; a rather crooked front is a rather bad fault; and a slightly  crooked front is a slight fault.

Disqualification Blue eyes.




The Standard for the Colored Variety is the same as for the White except for the  sub head “Color” which reads: Color. Any color other than white, or any  color with white markings. Other things being equal, the preferred color is brindle.  A dog which is predominantly white shall be disqualified.

Disqualifications Blue eyes. Any dog which is predominantly white.