Mini Bull Terrier

mini bull terrierOther names for the Mini Bull Terrier are the Mini Bull, English Miniature Bull Terrier, or Miniature Bull Terrier. The breed is known for its courageous temperament and distinctive appearance. The dogs are bright, fiery, and amiable.

The Mini Bull Terrier descended from the now-extinct White English Terrier and the English Bulldog. Initially, the dogs were competitive gambling pit ratters. Later they became cherished family pets and watchdogs. The American Kennel Club recognized the Miniature Bull Terrier in 1963 in the Miscellaneous Class. In 1991, the breed received full approval as a Terrier Group member.

Appearance

Measured at the withers, the ideal height of a Miniature Bull Terrier is between ten and 14 inches. They typically weigh from 25 to 35 pounds. These small dogs are strong. They have egg-shaped heads. Piercing is the description often used to describe the unique triangular-shaped eyes.

The Bull Terrier has a neck that is muscular and long. Its chest is broad. The body is in square proportion. A muscular, back arches over the loin. The short tail is set low and carried horizontally. Two color varieties exist, colored and white. There may be markings on the head, but nowhere else, on the white type. Colored miniatures come in fawn, red, brindle, black-brindle, and tricolor. The flat, short coat is shiny and has a hard texture. A muscular body has skin pulled tightly over it.

Behavior

The Mini Bull Terrier is appealing to many people because it is easy to manage. As a clown of a dog, the breed is loving and playful. The dogs make excellent family companions if the family has an active lifestyle. Miniature Bull Terriers love people and like inclusion in family activities such as a romp in the park, a neighborhood stroll, or a ride in a car.

They have been known to cause lots of laughs as they tear through the yard or house for no apparent reason. Typically, the dogs are visitor-friendly, but they are excellent watchdogs and protect the family and home from those will ill intentions.

The Mini Bull Terrier needs a lot of exercise. Even though they are small in stature, they are hardy and happiest when active. Playing long games of fetch, short runs, or long walks daily provide their activity requirement. They let owners know if they lack needed exercise. Notoriously destruction behavior makes easy work of expensive furniture or flower beds.

Some develop neurotic behaviors. They chase their tails. Prolonged association with another unaltered male dog is intolerable for an intact Miniature Bull Terrier. Unpleasant confrontations take place that require permanent separation of the two makes.

Grooming

This breed is easy to groom. The short coat of the dog is easy to care for, but the ears require regular attention. A weekly brushing keeps loose hair under control and the coat looking shiny. In the fall and spring, the dogs shed heavily. Daily brushing is required.

Frequent bathing is not necessary. A damp cloth or dry shampoo keeps the dogs smelling and looking fresh between baths. Check ears for signs of infection or redness weekly. Cleaning once each week with a cleaner approved by a veterinarian prevents harmful bacteria buildup. The teeth need brushing weekly also to prevent bad breath and keep gums and teeth healthy. Nails not worn down naturally, require clipping.

Health Issues

The lifespan of a Miniature Bull Terrier is between ten and 12 years. This breed has a strong blindness predisposition caused by lens dislocation. The condition typically manifests when the dog is three years of age or older. Other health concerns include subaortic stenosis, mitral valve dysplasia, entropion, compulsive tail wagging, and allergies.

Training

The intelligent breed has a mind of its own. Training starts early and is done in a manner that is calm and assertive. Harsh tones and discipline receive no response. The short attention span means short training sessions are best. Even using treats as a reward is useless in preventing a Mini Bull Terrier from becoming disinterested easily.

Often, training is a long process. Fully trained dogs, test their boundaries as they grow older. Socialize puppies with children at an early age so the dogs accept the children as welcome guests.

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