bull terrier


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

Examples of bull terrier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Frankie, a colored bull terrier, represented the terriers Tuesday night. Karina Zaiets, USA TODAY, 15 May 2024 The Córdoba Named for the Argentinian province from where it was first bred, the Córdoba is a cross between a mastiff, bull terrier and English bulldog —among others. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 5 Oct. 2023 Rufus Rufus the bull terrier won his Best in Show title amid a snowstorm that pummeled New York City during the 2006 Westminster Dog Show. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 8 May 2023 Another first-time visitor at the walk was Jessica Stevenson of Escondido, who brought her all-white, 9-month-old miniature bull terrier named Harry. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2023 Law enforcement and animal control officers located the pit bull terrier, which had blood around its face and mouth. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2023 Examples of this group include the West Highland white terrier, Scottish terrier and bull terrier. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2023 The bull terrier bit the boy’s thigh. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 11 Nov. 2022 At a maximum weight of just over 30 kilograms, about the size of a bull terrier—but reaching maturity at less than two kilograms—skipjack seem unremarkable next to the charismatic and much-desired Pacific bluefin, which can grow to three meters and weigh as much as a large grand piano. Christopher Pollon, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Mar. 2021

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Word History


bulldog + terrier

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bull terrier was in 1831

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“Bull terrier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bull%20terrier. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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bull terrier

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

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