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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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 Thin or well-muscled dogs like greyhounds, Weimaraners, pit bull and bull terriers often don’t have much body fat to insulate their muscles and other tissues. Karen Asp, Good Housekeeping, "6 Ways To Protect Your Dog From Common (But Potentially Deadly) Winter Dangers," 29 Dec. 2017 According to that research, the temperament of pit-bull terrier type dogs scored better than many other breeds’, including golden retrievers and border collies. Phil Ferolito, The Seattle Times, "Yakima taking another look at 30-year-old ban on pit bulls," 6 May 2018 Moon is a bull terrier, and Dodman believes the animal has a dog version of autism spectrum disorder. Kathryn Bowers, Slate Magazine, "Can Dogs Have Autism?," 12 June 2017 In addition, her bull terrier was poisoned and nearly killed earlier this year, Matthew Caruana Galizia said, and one of her younger sons, a Maltese diplomat, was recalled from his post in New Delhi without explanation. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Daphne Caruana Galizia, journalist who assailed the powerful, dies in car bombing," 17 Oct. 2017 Blanca is a 6-year-old pit-bull terrier who has called EBHS home for the past eight months. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A new leash on life: Elmbrook Humane Society cares for neglected dog," 15 Sep. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bull terrier

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

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