bull terrier


Definition of bull terrier

: any of a breed of short-haired terriers developed in England by crossing the bulldog with terriers

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Recent Examples on the Web Of all the famed fashion pets, there might not be one more iconic than Neville Jacobs, Marc Jacobs’s bull terrier. Katherine Cusumano, New York Times, "Amid a Fashion Month Like No Other, Scenes of a Not-So-Distant Past," 2 Oct. 2020 Even deWildt’s own bull terrier, Sonny, plumped up during the height of the Boston-area shutdowns. Kim Kavin, Anchorage Daily News, "Overfed and underexercised, some dogs are putting on pandemic pounds," 6 Sep. 2020 She was convicted of a criminal offense After an incident where her English bull terrier Dotty bit two children, Anne became the first senior member of the royal family to be convicted a criminal offense. Monique Jessen, PEOPLE.com, "5 Fascinating Facts to Know About Princess Anne on Her 70th Birthday," 15 Aug. 2020 The V-8-powered Defender is the undisputed British bull terrier of off-roaders—the perfect cross between a Mercedes Gelandewagen and a 1951 Willys Overland. John Phillips, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1995 Land Rover Defender 90 Goes Nowhere, Man," 24 Mar. 2020 According to the American Kennel Club, the miniature bull terrier usually is about 10 to 14 inches tall and weighs between 18 and 28 pounds. David Rising, BostonGlobe.com, "German court rules dogs not too big to be miniature," 17 Feb. 2020 For ten years, Ellroy and Knode owned a red-furred bull terrier named Margaret, after his favourite British prime minister. The Economist, "James Ellroy finally has happiness in his sights," 8 June 2019 Princess Anne has been spotted walking with her bull terriers at the Gatcombe Horse Trials. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Does the Royal Family Actually Walk Its Own Dogs?," 14 Sep. 2018 According to the Wichita Eagle, the dog was a 35-to-40-pound English bull terrier. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Bodycam video shows Kansas officer firing on dog, injuring little girl," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of bull terrier

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bull terrier

bulldog + terrier

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15 Oct 2020

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“Bull terrier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bull%20terrier. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bull terrier

: a type of dog that is very strong and has short hair

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