Gull Terrier

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Gull Terrier
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Other names
  • Pakistani Bull Terrier
  • Gull Terr
Weight Male 55–65 lb (25–29 kg)
Female 45–55 lb (20–25 kg)
Height Male 18–22 in (46–56 cm)
Female 18–22 in (46–56 cm)
Coat Short, dense
Color White
Life span 10–14 years
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Gull Terrier (often called the Pakistani Bull Terrier, Gull Terr) is a breed of dog that allegedly originates from Pakistan and it is believed to be several hundred years old. They are often used in dog fighting, hunting, and guarding. This dog breed is related to the English Bull Terrier breed that comes from Great Britain. This English dog breed played a major role in the Gull Terrier’s breeding development and it is considered as the direct ancestor of the modern Gull Terrier.[1]


Differences between Bull Terrier and Gull Terrier.

During the British Empire, British rulers introduced the Bull Terriers to Pakistan. They crossbred Bull Terriers with local breeds to develop the Gull Terrier, often called the Pakistani Bull Terrier. A medium sized dog with short, smooth fur that resembles the Bull Terrier. [2][3] These dogs were originally used in blood sports such as bull baiting, and dog fighting - a bloody entertainment introduced by the British to the Indian subcontinent.[4] When the blood sport was made illegal across the Empire, the Gull Terriers were used as guard dogs.


Kohati Gull Terr.

The Pakistani Gull Terrier is guard dog that will be wary towards strangers. Their high aggression and strong drive to protect makes these dogs excellent protectors, guardians of people, and property. This is a dog breed known to offer their lives if need when defending their human family. Although, known to be aggressive with intruders and fierce because of their blood sports history, the Gull Terrier will be good with children in his immediate human family. These dogs should not be trusted with children that are not members of their family and pet animals that are non-canine. The Gull Terr is also famous for being very fast, very agile and nimble on his feet!

Bred For[edit]

Gull Terr from Rawalakoti Gull Terr.

The Gull Terrier is Pakistan’s version of the English Bull Terrier dog breed.


The Gull Terrier can be kept as an apartment pet, but it is imperative that they are given sufficient exercise, are well trained, and socialized properly.


A Gull Terrier does not require a lot of attention, but does have some special needs when it comes to their grooming.


Gull Terriers are very talented and easily trained.


The Pakistani Bull Terrier is prone to deafness, but aside from that, there are no common medical problems affecting these dogs.


Gull Terriers are very energetic dogs, and demand exercise every day and should be taken on long walks.


A Gull Terrier is a tall, broad chested, medium sized molosser dog that is mostly found in Pakistan. Gull Terriers have large erect ears. Their coats are normally white, although sometimes they have dark colored markings on their faces and bodies.[3]


Gull Terriers are wary of strangers. They are protective of their owners and territory. They are highly trainable .[3]


Under the New York City Housing Authority, Gull Terriers, alongside Gull Dongs, are banned in homes.[5][6] The dog is also banned in the Cayman Islands.[7]


  • The World of Fighting Dogs by Carl Semencic ISBN 1539606007


  1. ^ "Gull Terrier - Dog Breeds Guide - Pet Advisor". Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  2. ^ Kemmerer, Lisa (27 August 2015). Bear Necessities: Rescue, Rehabilitation, Sanctuary, and Advocacy. BRILL. ISBN 9789004293090. Retrieved 17 October 2018 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b c Singh Dhesi, Paramjeet. "Gull Terrier, Gull Terr, Kohati Gultair White Beauty and the Ancient Beast from the East". Creature Companion - A Pet care magazine. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  4. ^ "The bloody world of dog fighting: Victory or death, there is no mercy!". The Express Tribune . Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Working to End Dog Breed Ban in Public Housing". Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Changes to NYCHA's Pet Policy" (PDF). New York City Housing Authority Journal. 39 (4). April 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-09-26.
  7. ^ Government of Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (9 October 2015). "List of Dog Breeds Prohibited for Import into the Cayman Islands". Retrieved 4 January 2019.