The background of the Miniature Bull Terrier parallels that of his bigger brother - the Standard BT. At the time of its development in the 19th century, the main objective seems only to have been to breed a dog of more manageable size. A club was founded in England for the mini versions in 1938, by Colonel Glyn.
Long gone are their early days when they were associated with the fighting pits, and also used for ratting.
Today they are enjoyed as a delightful family companion and much of the pit behavior toward other dogs has
Except for the difference in size, the miniature has all the personality and clownish behavior of the breed and looks like a carbon copy of the standard size dog.
Friendly, affectionate, obedient and intensely loyal to their owners. They are quite fearless and make good
They are intelligent and even-tempered, but can be a bit on the stubborn side. They thrive on interaction with their owners and need to see you as their leader. Training should be very consistent, firm and fair, including early socialization with other dogs.
The Miniature Bull Terrier is happiest surrounded by family and getting lots of attention. He does not like to be left alone for hours.
Height: 10-14 inches
Weight: 24-33 lbs.
Color variations: White, Brindle, Black, Red, Fawn, or Tricolor
The short and harsh textured coat fits tightly and is glossy in appearance. It is easily maintained with weekly brushing and bathing only as needed.
With minimal to no shedding this is a suitable breed for those with allergy problems.
Below is a list of the health issues related to the Miniature Bull Terrier that may affect the breed during its lifetime of up to 13 years.
A professional breeder will have tests completed on breeding stock to include:
and subsequently do a health check on the puppies for these areas.
When seeking a puppy, test results should be readily available.
This is a very active breed. Significant daily exercise, on a leash, is top priority in caring for this dog.
If you can't get to the dog park, or when the weather doesn't cooperate or time is tight, a dog fitness treadmill is a handy alternative option to provide exercise.
Miniature Bull Terriers will adapt to apartment or house.
Ideally, a secured outdoor area to play is very helpful - did I say he likes to play? A yard also serves to use up some of his high energy in addition to his regular walks.
He can be very rambunctious so better suited to older children who may enjoy and be able to keep up with his playful way. Small children would probably find him a little overwhelming.
The best policy, whenever pets and children are are interacting and no matter what the breed, is to have adult supervision in place.
No more loyal dog could be found for seniors or any dog loving person. Also a good watchdog.
However, this breed does need ongoing training and combined with his exercise needs, this should be taken into account.
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Resource: Miniature Bull Terrier Welfare And Rescue