Choosing a Miniature Bull Terrier

Choosing a Miniature Bull Terrier

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The miniature bull terrier is just what the name implies: a miniature version of the tenacious and beloved bull terrier. Comical and loving, this dog is a great family pet.

History and Origin

Around 1835 in Great Britain, dog fanciers wanted to develop the "Ultimate Fighting Dog." To accomplish this, the English bulldog was crossed with the now extinct English terrier. This resulted in a dog referred to as the "bull and terrier" and was a strong compact little fighter. A miniature version was also developed around the same time to be a bit more manageable as a pet and became very popular, particularly with the upper classes.

The miniature bull terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991 as a member of the terrier group.

Appearance and Size

The miniature bull terrier is an impressive dog and looks like a small version of the standard bull terrier. Strong and muscular, this breed's most unique attribute is the shape of his head. When looked at from the side, the head is egg-shaped. The eyes are narrow and dark and the ears are small and close together. The neck, shoulders and rest of the body are muscular with a deep chest. The tail is short and usually carried horizontally. The hair coat of the bull terrier is short and flat and can be various different colors including white or white with brindle patches.

The adult miniature bull terrier stands 10 to 14 inches at the shoulder and weighs 16 to 25 pounds.


Bull terriers have a unique personality. They are friendly and pleasant dogs with a wonderful sense of humor. The breed is outgoing but can be dominant. As a strong and sometimes independent dog, he is not the best choice for the first time dog owner.

Home and Family Relations

The miniature bull terrier is a courageous dog with the heart of a lion. This breed is a loving and wonderful companion that adapts well to almost any environment. The bull terrier can be somewhat distrustful of other dogs and strangers. For this reason, bull terrier owners should use caution when introducing their dog to a new animal or person. This breed adores older children but may not be as patient with the antics of very young children.


Training the miniature bull terrier requires a firm hand and may be frustrating since this breed tends to have a mind of his own. Obedience is a must in this strong, active breed. Early socialization is crucial to prevent dominance issues.


The miniature bull terrier has a short, fine coat, which means he does not need much grooming.

Special Care

The bull terrier does not require much special care if living in warm climates. The bull terrier is not too happy living in cold and damp areas. The white bull terrier does need some special consideration in the sun since they are prone to sunburn.

Common Diseases and Disorders

In general, the miniature bull terrier is a healthy dog with few medical concerns. However, the following diseases or disorders have been reported:

  • Entropion is a problem with the eyelid that causes inward rolling. Lashes on the edge of the eyelid irritate the surface of the eyeball and may lead to more serious problems.
  • Lens luxation is a dislocation or displacement of the lens within the eye.
  • Mast cell tumors are malignant tumors than can occur in the skin or within the body.
  • Tail spinning is a behavioral abnormality in which the dog continuously spins or chases his tail.
  • Sunburn can occur when sensitive skin is exposed to the sun's rays for a prolonged amount of time.
  • Deafness can be present at birth, especially in white mini bull terriers.

    Life Span

    The life span of the miniature bull terrier is approximately 10 to 12 years.

    We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information only.

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