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Miniature Bull Terrier

Essentially a scaled down version of its cousin, the Bull Terrier, the Miniature Bull Terrier is powerful, squarely proportioned, and big of bone without being coarse. The long, deep head curves from nose to topskull and forms an oval outline when viewed head on. Small, deep set, triangular eyes are placed close together, as are the small, erect ears. The body is strong and well muscled throughout, with a short, strong back and arch over the loin. Feet are catlike. The tail is low set and carried horizontally. The coat is glossy, short and harsh. Coloring can be pure white, white with markings on the head, or any color other than white so long as it covers more than half the coat.

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Fast Facts

11 - 14 years
19th century
25 - 33 lb
25 - 33 lb
10 - 14"
10 - 14"
Minuture Bull Terrier, Miniture Bull Terrier, or Minature Bull Terier.

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Miniature Bull Terrier Temperament

The Miniature Bull Terrier’s temperament is virtually identical to that of the Bull Terrier....

An amiable and gentlemanly dog with plenty of imagination, the Miniature Bull Terrier loves a game or a joke, and is highly sociable. The Miniature Bull Terrier is as stubborn as a bull, and should be trained with a firm, patient attitude. The Miniature Bull Terrier is aloof and occasionally scrappy with other dogs and loves to chase small animals; friendliness toward strangers and house pets is better than most terriers. Curious and energetic, the Miniature Bull Terrier loves to dig and explore, and his constant antics are sure to keep you in stitches.

Caring For a Miniature Bull Terrier

It is much better to give you Miniature Bull Terrier a good bit of exercise every day rather than having it run a Sunday marathon and locking it up in the house for the rest of the week....

Easy access to a yard will help the Miniature Bull Terrier expend some energy during the day. If you live in an apartment, you should compensate for the lack of yard with longer walks. Miniature Bull Terriers should not live outside. Coat care is an afterthought, requiring little more than an occasional brushing. Some white Miniature Bull Terriers are genetically inclined toward deafness, a carryover from their Dalmatian forebears. Other things to watch out for include glaucoma and lens luxation.

Miniature Bull Terrier History

A Brief History of the Miniature Bull Terrier

Not surprisingly, the Miniature Bull Terrier is a direct descendant of the Bull Terrier, which was produced during the 19th century from crosses between the Bulldog, Old English Terrier, White English Terrier and Dalmatian....

The great variation in the Bull Terrier’s constituent breeds led to a wide range of sizes, from as little as four pounds all the way up to the seventy pound full sized Bull Terriers we see today. The Miniature Bull Terrier is the product of breeding among the small to medium sized specimens – so-called “Toy” Bull Terriers died out during the early 20th century. The Miniature Bull Terrier has existed in the United States as long as the Bull Terrier, which was AKC recognized in 1885, but recognition of the Miniature Bull Terrier did not come until much later. Because Miniature Bull Terriers were so few in number, there were concerns that recognizing them as a distinct breed and only allowing them to breed with one another would result in their extinction; the English Kennel Club recognized the Miniature Bull Terrier in 1939 and was confronted with this very problem. As the Miniature Bull Terrier slowly grew in the United States, the American Kennel Club admitted it into the Miscellaneous Class in 1963 and granted full recognition as a member of the Terrier Group in 1991. For some reason, the Miniature Bull Terrier has never enjoyed anything like the popularity of the Bull Terrier, but dog aficionados believe this is ripe to change, as the Miniature’s size makes it amenable to a greater variety of living conditions.