Miniature Bull Terrier

Lifespan: 11 - 14 years

Height: 10 - 14 inches

Weight: 25 - 33 pounds

Miniature Bull Terrier Traits
  • Jogging Partner

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  • Lap Dog

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  • Good with Children

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  • Warm Weather

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  • Cold Weather

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  • Grooming Requirements

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  • Shedding

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  • Barking

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  • Ease of Training

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  • When bull baiting and dog fighting were outlawed in England, many patrons of the bull and terrier breed, which was a popular gladiator, decided to clean up the dog's image. They bred for personality and appearance, and began to compete in dogs shows successfully.
  • Around 1860, James Hinks crossed the bull and terrier with the white English terrier and the Dalmatian, producing an all-white strain he called the bull terrier. These dogs became sought after as stylish companions for young gentlemen.
  • In the early days, the breed had a great range in acceptable sizes. In fact, tiny bull terriers as small as 4 pounds were recorded early on. These toy bull terriers were not very good specimens and eventually faded from the scene, but the slightly larger miniature bull terriers caught on.
  • The English Kennel Club recognized the miniature bull terrier in 1939.
  • The AKC recognized the miniature bull terrier in 1991.

Miniature Bull Terrier Behavior Concerns

  • Makes a loyal and lively companion.
  • Playful, comical and often mischievous.
  • Very good with children.
  • Fairly friendly toward strangers.
  • Not very friendly towards strange dogs.
  • Usually good with other pets.
  • The bull terrier learns quickly, but can be stubborn and independent. It tends to rebel against forceful methods.
  • Does best with a firm owner who can combine reward-based training with good control and leadership.
  • Some like to dig a lot.

Miniature Bull Terrier Suggested Exercises

  • Makes a calm and alert housedog as long as it receives regular exercise.
  • Requires daily exercise in the form of a walk, short jog, or energetic games.
  • The miniature bull terrier enjoys cold weather outings but its short coat is not suited to living outside.
  • Obedience training is essential not only for control, but for the mental exercise it provides.

Miniature Bull Terrier Grooming

  • Coat is short, flat and harsh.
  • The coat needs only occasional brushing, once every week or so, to remove dead hair.
  • Shedding is average.

Suggested Miniature Bull Terrier Nutritional Needs

  • Miniature bull terriers tend to stay in good weight or tend to be slightly overweight.
  • Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.

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