Description: The Miniature Bull Terrier is a muscular and strongly built dog. Standing between 10 and 14 inches in height, and 24 to 23 pounds in weight, it is stocky and short. The head is oval in shape long and strong, it slopes evenly down to their nose, which is black. The eyes are small, almond shaped and deep-set, these are dark in colour. Their ears are small, thin and close together. This breed has a long neck that is very muscular, with broad shoulders. The tail is set low, and is not long. Their coat is short, flat and dense that is harsh to the touch. There are two colours recognized by the AKC; the white bull terrier is allowed to have coloured markings on the head, but not on the body and the coloured bull terrier, which can be black and brindle, red, fawn and tricolour with white markings. Their life expectancy is between 10 and 12 years.
History: The Miniature Bull Terrier breed started in the 1800s when Bulldogs were cross with the Terriers. In 1830 there was a popular sport of Bulldogs fighting bulls in a pit. Lovers of this fighting wanted to create a dog that was more agile, so they cross the bulldog with an old English terrier, Spanish point blood. The result was the Bull Terrier breed, this was not as successful a fighter as the breeders had wished, and by 1860. the dog had switched, to being fashionable for nobles. This breed has been used as a guard dog, herder, ratter and watchdog. The miniature Bull Terrier was first recognized by the AKC in 1991.
Temperament: Although the Miniature Bull Terrier breed history is in the fighting ring, it is now a much gentler dog. Now it is bred to be a guard dog still retaining its courageous nature and ability to defend its owner. It is just as happy to be part of the family and lie in front of the fire. This breed loves and needs firm consistent leadership, combined with affection. This will make the miniature Bull Terrier, a wonderful pet. This breed will prefer an active family as they like to be doing something all the time. Without the right amount of mental and physical exercise this dog can be too energetic for some families, and definitely too energetic for small children. This is not a dog for a weak willed person, as this will bring out possessiveness, or jealousy, and over protectiveness in this breed. The males of this breed are unlikely to get on with other male dogs. The miniature Bull Terrier will not get on well with other non-canine pets such as mice, rabbits and rats. This breed is not the easiest to train, so is not recommended for new dog owners. The miniature Bull Terrier does make a wonderful and good watchdog.
Health issues: The Miniature Bull Terrier can suffer dislocation of the kneecaps, zinc deficiency, which can cause death, kidney failure and heart defects, skin and flea allergies. It is best not to over feed this breed, as they can gain weight easily.
Grooming: The Miniature Bull Terrier breed sheds twice a year. Being an average shedder, brushing over the coat every so often is all that is needed for the Miniature Bull Terrier.
Living conditions: Given the correct amount of exercise the Miniature Bull Terrier will do well in an apartment. A small garden will be all that is required.