Miniature Bull Terrier

Generally speaking, Miniature Bull Terrier is the same as a Bull Terrier, only smaller. These dogs are muscular and very strong compared to their size. Their official trademark is a large egg-shaped head and they also reflect attributes of the standard variant of Bull Terrier. They also go by the name English Miniature Bull terrier and the Mini Bull. These dogs are tough and loyal to their family. They are athletic dogs that enjoy spending time doing lots of fun activities with his family.

FUN FACT: This dog would definitely win the title of the: "Clown of the Dogs world" if such award exists.

Miniature Bull Terrier Height

Height:

10-14 in (25-36 cm)

Miniature Bull Terrier Weight

Weight:

18-28 lb (8-13 kg)

Miniature Bull Terrier Origin

Origin:

Great Britain

Miniature Bull Terrier Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

11-13 years

Breed History

Original Bull terrier was first created in 1830 by crossing Bulldogs and the English terriers (now extinct). Soon after those breeding programs, they began to breed miniaturized versions of these dogs, and after a long period, the result was Miniature Bull Terrier. Although this breed was registered by 1939 by the English Kennel  Club, these dogs never gained massive popularity. AKC recognized Miniature Bull Terriers in 1991 and the breed is still fairly uncommon but they are gaining more and more popularity.

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Trainability
Intelligence
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

Since this is a fairly old dog breed, it is recognized by the many world canine organizations including FCI and the AKC. Standard says that these dogs are strongly build, with well-developed muscles and intelligent expression. Miniature Bull Terriers are courageous, full of spirits, and good with people.

FCI

  • Group 3 Terriers. Section 3 Bull type Terriers
  • Height should not exceed 14 in (36 cm)
  • There is no weight limit for these dogs and they should be balanced all the time

AKC

  • Height: 10-14 in (25-36 cm)
  • Weight: 18-28 lb (8-13 kg)
  • Group: Terrier Group

miniature bull terrier with toy

Grooming

Miniature Bull Terrier dogs don't require a lot of care and grooming. They have a short, smooth coat that is easy to groom. Regular brushing should be enough to keep his coat clean and healthy. With a few baths and occasional brushing, your dog will look at his best.

The rest is basic care: check their ears for any signs of infections (redness, bad odor), trim their nails if you hear them clicking on the floor or if the dog doesn't wear them down naturally, and brush their teeth regularly.

Excercise

These are active dogs that require constant and daily exercise. That doesn't mean that you must exercise your dog all day. Sometimes a few longer walks will do the trick. With the Miniature Bull Terriers, you must be very careful not to over-exercise them while they are puppies. In most cases, if you provide them with a lot of activities their joints will not handle those levels of exercises and you will need to slow it down. For that reason exercising your Miniature Bull Terrier puppy should be kept at a minimum. When the dog grows up you are free to train him more often without worrying that you'll hurt your dog.

Training

Like all dogs and Miniature Bull Terriers require proper training. They are very intelligent dogs that will try to please their owner so training should be a bit easier. However, they need a firm owner who will know how to work with this dog. You should never use harsh methods of training as these dogs don't respond well to such training methods. Always be positive and keep training sessions fun and you will get your dog's attention.

adult miniature bull terrier

Miniature Bull Terrier Socialization

To secure that your puppy grows into a well-rounded dog, socialization will play a great part. You need to start socializing your dog as soon as possible and if you do it right you can be sure that you will end up with a great behaved dog. Miniature Bull Terriers are great family dogs and they can learn to get along well with everybody. Expose your dog to many different situations so you can be sure that he will learn how to properly react to them. Because they are family dogs and they make strong bonds with his owner in some cases you can expect that your dog will have separation anxiety if you leave him alone for too long.

Miniature Bull Terrier and kids

These dogs love kids and are great playing partners for them. Especially they love kids from their own family. They may be a better choice for older kids who already know how to play and interact with the dog since this dog can be a little too much for small children because of his high energy drive.

Other pets

These dogs can learn to get along well with everybody, but you must be very careful with other dogs since Miniature Bull Terriers can become territorial and aggressive with other dogs of the same sex. That is why correct and early socialization is extremely important.

Health problems

Miniature Bull Terriers have some unique health problems that every (future) owner should be aware of. The best way to be sure that you are getting a healthy puppy is to ask the breeder for the results of the health tests perform on his breeding dogs, and also of his puppies. These health tests include hearth, kidney, deafness, luxation patella, and primary lens luxation tests. That is why is extremely important that you only buy a dog from an official and responsible breeder because they will perform these tests on their dogs to be sure that their puppies will have the best possible health.

Breeders

Before searching for your new puppy, be true to yourself, and determine if this is the right dog for you. If you will not be able to provide your dog with the proper amount of exercise or if you are absent all the time, your dog won't be happy and he can start to develop some behavior problems (including separation anxiety). Miniature Bull Terriers are a lot more popular in Europe than they are in the US, so it extremely important that you only search for responsible and official dog breeders. Since responsible breeders will take good care of their breeding dogs as well as their puppies, there is a higher chance that your future dog will not develop any major health problems. When talking to breeders always ask them to show you health certificates and also if possible always try to see the mother and the puppies in person.

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