Miniature Bull Terrier
The Miniature Bull Terrier is an enthusiastic breed that requires plenty of exercise and stimulation. They are a smart breed that has endless energy.
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- Thick-set, well-proportioned, muscular build
- Tail tapers to a point and is low set
- Coat: Short, dense hair; comes in solid white or fawn, red, tricolor, black/brindle with white markings
- Head is flat at the top and egg-shaped with a dark nose
- Small, dark, almond-shaped eyes; set closely together
- Carries tail horizontally
- Height: 10-14 inches
- Weight: 25-35 pounds
- Average lifespan: 10-12 years
- Brave, energetic, humorous, feisty, loyal, gentle, obedient, protective, headstrong
- Interaction with people: Good with children when properly socialized. Children must display respect for the dog; it can't tolerate teasing.
- Interaction with animals: Males and females can live together happily but male-on-male aggression is common. Not recommended with noncanine pets.
- Level of attention needed: Thrives on human companionship and attention; doesn't like being left alone
- Training: Needs early socialization and needs very regular obedience training
- Protection: Excellent watchdog
- Compulsive behaviors (spinning)
- Congenital cardiac disease (including subvalvular aortic stenosis)
- Kidney disease
- Ophthalmic disorders (including lens luxation and glaucoma)
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- OK for apartments; need a small yard
- Prefers warm climates
- Needs daily, rigorous exercise
- Easy to groom
- Average shedder; sheds twice annually
- Needs occasional brushing
- No distinction was made between bull terrier sizes - toy, miniature and standard - until 1913
- Very independent
- This 80 year-old-breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991
- Native to England
- This breed is the product of an 1830 effort to create a dog that would attack more sharply than a bull terrier or bulldog; however, they were not very successful fighters
- By 1850 the White Bull Terrier, or the "white cavalier," was a popular pet among the gentry
- The Miniature Bull historically worked as a ratter