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The Coat Colours of The Bull Terrier

The coat colours of the bull terrier.
In white Bull Terriers, the coat is pure white.

Bull terrier colours. We know that the Bull Terrier was initially only white, and this variety is examined first: The coat is pure white in white Bull Terriers. Therefore, pigmentation of the skin and spots on the head are not to be considered a defect.

At a time in history such as today, when we see the proliferation in some breeds of colours not provided for by the Standard but dictated by fashion, it seems fitting to me to shed some light on what colours are provided for the Bull Terrier.

First, we say that so-called ‘exotic’ colours do not exist!!! The term ‘exotic’ only conceals an attempt to pass off as ‘purebred’, which is not purebred.

Fortunately, there is still no great diffusion of harlequin bull terriers, merles, and so on, so I am particularly keen to discuss the subject.

As they say, prevention is better than cure. Let us, therefore, see what the Bull Terrier Standard says. We know that the Bull Terrier was initially only white, and this variety is examined first: The coat is pure white in white Bull Terriers. Therefore, pigmentation of the skin and spots on the head are not to be considered a defect.

Bull terrier’s favourite colours

I think there can be little doubt about what a white coat should look like: pure white. However, suppose I add a personal note. In that case, I must say that it is also my favourite colour because the expression given by these little black eyes on a white background is unique and challenging to replicate in a coloured subject unless it has a head that is white in the eye area.

As far as the spots on the head are concerned, they may be of any of the colours laid down in the Standard, which states: “For coloured Bull Terriers, the colour must predominate over white. But, in equal quality to the rest, the tiger colour must have preference.

The bull terrier colours: Black, tiger, red, fawn and tricolour coats are permitted. “As far as colour distribution is concerned, we can say that it is about 2/3 colour and 1/3 white, the latter localised mainly in the head, chest, belly and paws/feet areas”.

Sometimes the tail may end in a white tuft. However, this distribution percentage can vary to having subjects with very little white, usually only present on the toes, in a minor starlet on the thorax, or even in a small stripe in the middle of the head. These subjects are ‘solid’ and can only produce coloured subjects even when mated with white subjects.

Colours Bull terrier pigmentation spots

The coat colours of the bull terrier.
Black, tiger, red, fawn, and tricolour coats are permitted for Bull terriers.

Mottling on a white coat is undesirable“. Do not be confused with pigmentation spots, which, unlike mottling, are small areas of pigmented fur that are localised at the skin level.

The Bull Terrier colours: Standard concludes that ‘blue coat and liver (brown) coat are highly undesirable, and here he indirectly warns us against the infamous ‘exotic’ colours that are often carriers of even lethal pathologies, as well as an indication of the introduction of other breed blood for those breeds that historically have never manifested them. So, in conclusion,

Bull Terrier, yes, but one of a colour covered by the Standard; first of all, it can be a healthy and, why not, also typical subject.

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The "Frenchie Breed" website is a blog aimed at dog owners. We regularly publish articles about our four-legged furry friends. Among the contents of our blog, you will find ample space on the latest news in the sector, with information and in-depth analysis dedicated to the world of dogs in all its forms, the latest trends and news of the moment, curious facts, events devoted to dogs, product reviews, as well as an intense activity of information regarding the health and well-being of pets.

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