The now extinct Blue Paul Terrier was a Scottish breed which was also known as Blue Poll. This breed highly resembles the pit dog breeds. It was a strong, muscular dog breed with a large head, high set ears which were usually cropped. They had sight dip between the eyes and the eyebrows were contracted. They stand strong with their thick legs, broad and deep chest.

This breed had a different facial expression which was not seen in any other breeds. So, it was often recognized as a mixed breed by people. It was believed to be heavily mixed with the Staffordshire Terrier and American Pit Bull. This results in their evolution to the modern pit bulls.

Origin and History

The exact origin or development of the Blue Paul Terrier is not traced. However, it is said to be introduced to Scotland by John Paul Johns when he brought this breed to his hometown Kirkcudbright in 1770. They were aggressive, so people started breeding them and engaging them in dogs fighting. It was also named after John Paul Johns who present this breed to Scotland.

How Did Blue Paul Terrie Extinct?

There is a few theory about the extinction of the Blue Paul Terrier. Some believed that it was extinct at the beginning of the 20th century when there was a restriction on dog fighting. As it became illegal to involve dogs in fighting, it slowly declined. Although there are no written documents regarding these breeds extinction, people (mostly fighting dog fancier) didn’t believe that the Blue Paul Terrier was entirely gone.

It is also believed that this breed was immerged with other fighting dogs due to frequently crossing them with other breeds. The fighting dog fancier often blended the Blue Paul Terrier with the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Staffordshire Terrier. Therefore this breed is said to have evolved into them with different variations of color.

Blue Paul Terrier drawing
Drawing Blue Paul Terrier.
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Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

The temperament of the Blue Paul Terrier was brave, fierce, and courageous. The bravery and strength are what we can expect from the fighting dog that is involved in a death game. It was aggressive and violent which is why people involved in dogfighting fancied them.

The bold and threatening personality of the Blue Paul Terrier was the reason that it was not kept in a house as a pet. Its nature was not suitable to live as a family companion.

Was Blue Paul Terrier Child-Friendly?

As mentioned above, the Blue Paul Terrier was an aggressive fighting dog. Due to which it was not at all suitable for children. It could have been great with kids if it was raised from a small age in a loving environment. But people never want to risk their children with a fierce fighting dog.


  • The Blue Paul Terrier was not always blue and they sometimes produce red or brindle puppies.


The Blue Paul Terrier was found in the following colors.

  • Blue
  • Brindle
  • Red


Height: The average height of the Blue Paul Terrier was 14-20 inches.

Weight: The average weight of the Blue Paul Terrier was around 45 pounds.

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