How Much Does a Bull Terrier Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 13, 2018

During the early 1800s, it was common for Bulldogs to fight with a Terrier and was known as a popular sport.

Eventually crossed with the Bulldog and the Old English Terrier, mixed with some Spanish Pointer, the Bull Terrier breed was eventually formed as it is known today.

How Much Does a Bull Terrier Cost?
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How much does a Bull Terrier cost?

The cost of a Bull Terrier, as with any purebred, will greatly depend on the breeder you’re adopting from, their reputation, supply/demand, the inclusions with the adoption, the quality, the colors, age and the geographical location.  Even though more factors can be involved, the average cost of a high-quality, purebred Bull Terrier from a reputable breeder, can range anywhere from $1,400 to $2,100.  

Of course, this is the price for the dog only and will not include the ongoing costs in the future.  As with most dogs, be prepared to spend an additional $500 to $900 per year for annual costs.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal, in its “The 30 Most Expensive Dog Breeds to Own,” noted the average Staffordshire Bull Terrier can average $1,500, while the Miniature Bull Terrier can average $1,600.

Via the official AKC Marketplace, there were over 50+ active breeders who had listings at the time of this publishing.  According to most of the breeders we did look at, the costs ranged anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000.  At a minimum, most breeders included the first vaccine — DHPP, deworming, a vet exam and the puppies were cleared of any potential genetic disorder.

NextDayPets.com states that you shouldn’t be surprised if you find a top quality dog costing as much as $2,400 to $10,000+, but according to most of the active listings we saw on their website, the prices did range from $850 to $3,500.

What should be included?

At adoption, a reputable breeder, at a minimum, should include the AKC registration paperwork (if registered), a health guarantee that lasts at least 30 days, up-to-date vaccinations, a vet checkup, all medical paperwork and all registration paperwork.  While not necessary, some breeders may microchip, clear for any genetic disorders, include a small starter pack and/or provide lifetime continuous support.

Size and weight

Females weigh anywhere from 50 to 60 pounds, while males weight slightly more at 60 to 70 pounds on average.

As for the height, both males and females measure 21 to 22 inches.

The Bull Terrier is known for its head and muzzle, which is ovular in shape with a longer skull that curves deep down to its nose with no distinguishable stop.  This breed has small, deeply set-looking eyes, positioned in the middle, and its eyes are smaller-than-average, triangle in shape and are fully erect most of the time.

If you’re unfamiliar with the look, the Target dog, Bullseye, is a Bull Terrier breed.

Coat

Its coat is a thick, short-haired cost that’s white in color with some dogs displaying highlights of varying colors ranging from red, black or fawn.  Most breeds will have a marking on their heads, often in the form of a spot near the eyes and/or a strip on the bridge of the nose.

This breed will shed a lot, especially as the seasons change and grooming sessions, at least once per month, are highly recommended.  A bath and simple brushing every week is recommended once a week in order to keep their coats healthy and remove any dead hairs present.

Be prepared to see a lot of shedding and hairs sticking to your clothes all the time.

Character and temperament

A Bull Terrier lives up to its size, known to be very excited, entertaining, independent, and good-natured at a time, but some can be stubborn and even lazy at times, especially if not trained at an early age.  According to PuppyFind.com, this breed can be gentle to those they are comfortable they know, but when it comes to defending their owners and/or feeling threatened, they can defend if the scenario presents itself.

They love to play with just about anyone, including children, other dogs and even cats, as long as introduced at a young age.  As with any dog, they should always be monitored, even if you feel you know their personality.  However, do be forewarned they often do not do well with dogs of the same sex as they have strong instincts to protect their food and even their surroundings, again, especially if they are untrained.

Facts to know

As long as healthy, a Bull Terrier has a life expectancy of 11 to 15 years, making it about average for a dog of this size.

Due to their excitement levels, they do need exercise at least 20 to 30 minutes a day.  If refused, they can become bored, hyperactive and/or destructive inside the home, often leading to unwanted situations such as chewing on furniture or even barking excessively.  Preferably, these dogs will need a longer 20-30 minute walk, either on a walking trail, a dog park or in a field nearby off the leash (as long as it’s safe).  Playing fetch is also an activity they enjoy as well.

The Standard Bull Terrier and the Miniature Bull Terrier are known to be separate breeds, but in general, they do have similar temperaments, according to YourPureBredPuppy.com.  The same can be said about the English Bull Terrier as this breed, like the Miniature, is much different than the American Bull Terrier.  In some cases, the English Bull Terrier are actually banned as they are deemed dangerous dogs.

As this is considered a very popular breed, consider checking out a local shelter or rescue group to see if you can adopt an older dog for a fraction of the cost.  When adopting an older dog, this is a great way to see what you’re getting in terms of personality.

This breed is susceptible to kidney disease, eye diseases and deafness.


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