May 13, 2013

Meet the Breed: The Miniature Bull Terrier

Overview:

  • Height: 10"-14"
  • Weight: 24-33 pounds
  • Historical function: Guard, ratter, herder, fighting.
  • Modern function: Companion
  • AKC classification: Terrier

Physical Characteristics:

The Miniature Bull Terrier resembles the Standard Bull Terrier with the most obvious trait being their egg-shaped head. They also have small, triangular-shaped eyes. Miniature Bull Terriers are very muscularly dense dog. Their coats are short and hard and available either in white, white with another color, or fully colored.

History of the Breed:

The Miniature Bull Terrier was developed from the breeding of the Bull Terrier which created a more manageable size, which was popular with English nobility. The Bull Terrier was developed by crossing bulldogs with English terriers for vermin control and for blood sports. These dogs did not prove to be very effective in the fight ring, but the miniature variety, in particular, did gain popularity as pets with the nobility. Various breeds were combined to refine the look and white was the most prized color; however, in an effort to reduce the deafness often associated with white breeds, colored Staffordshire Terriers were crossed back into the breed, introducing more color.

Temperament:

The Miniature Bull Terrier resembles the standard Bull Terrier in temperament, which means they are loving, playful and sometimes stubborn. Despite resembling a 3-year-old child in a dog suit, they make great pets for people who want a big-dog personality in a manageable size. They do not seem to realize their size, however, so care must be taken when they confront a larger dog. Do not trust this dog with small non-canine pets, especially rodents.

  • Best suited for: Active families with a sense of humor.
  • Preferred living conditions: This dog prefers warm climates. Adapts to apartment living with adequate exercise.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: Easy care short care should be brushed on occasion. Average shedder.
  • Exercise needs: Daily walk.
  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years.
  • Health concerns: May be prone to deafness and have eye problems. Other problems include skin allergies and luxating patellas, a problem in small breeds. Prone to being overweight, so monitor feedings carefully.

Breed Club Links: Miniature Bull Club of America

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

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