The Miniature Bull Terrier has origins to a now-extinct white English Terrier and a Bulldog. Later down the line, the genetic pool crossed again with a different breed to reduce the breed’s size, which brought about the Miniature Bull Terrier.
Not only does the Miniature Bull Terrier come in a smaller size than the regular Bull Terrier, but it also comes in multiple colors which include white, black, brindle, red fawn and tricolor. They are not high maintenance so you can easily spend your time enjoying their company rather than keeping them groomed and clean.
Miniature Bull Terriers came from the standard Bull Terrier, which was created in the 19th century England, around 1835. Once Bull Terriers were no longer used for fighting, they became a calmer breed.
Officially the Miniature Bull Terrier was accepted membership in the American Kennel Club in 1991, and became its own separate breed in 1992 (previously it had been just a variation of the standard sized breed Bull Terrier).
The Miniature Bull Terrier is considered a medium-sized dog. The average height of a male Miniature Bull Terrier is 10 to 14 inches. The weight average for a Miniature Bull Terrier is 25 to 33 pounds. On the other hand, a standard sized Bull Terrier ranges from 35 pounds to 75 pounds.
Miniature Bull Terriers are normally very happy to see their owners. They are very friendly and constantly moving. They are always ready for a good time, and their extrovert personality shines. Miniature Bull Terriers are suspicious of strangers and can be aggressive toward other animals and people, but early training and socialization will make care of that problem.
This breed does well with children and other pets, but on the other hand, they are excessive chewers and also bark often. Miniature Bull Terriers thrive with their family around them and love to be outdoors; however they do not like cold climates. Many sure to keep your Miniature Bull Terrier close to you and enjoy playing with them.
The Miniature Bull Terriers live between 11 to 14 years, and they are generally healthy throughout their lives.
As with all breeds, there are health risk possibilities that all owners should be aware of. The problem with a Miniature Bull Terrier is that any health risks do not occur until the animal has matured to adulthood from puppyhood. This means there could be underlying problems that no owner can be aware of until the dog gets older, which makes it very important for owners to take their Miniature Bull Terriers in for regular checkups as recommended to ensure that if any ailments do exist, they can be seen sooner than later.
Some problems for Miniature Bull Terriers may include the following: Hereditary Nephritis, Deafness, Heart Disease, Spinning, Lens Luxation as well as some different skin conditions.
Miniature Bull Terriers need anywhere from half an hour to an hour’s worth of exercise every day. Going for walks, chasing a ball or playing with a toy would all make a Miniature Bull Terrier happy.
On the grooming side, they also need regular coat care as well as consistent dental hygiene and nail care.
The Miniature Bull Terrier does not do well on their own. If you leave one home alone for long periods of time, you may return to a lot of destruction. The reason for this is due to the Miniature Bull Terrier’s need to chew and eat anything. This is an actual cause for concern because they will eat times that could cause their death.
The training needed for a Miniature Bull Terrier needs to be consistent and needs to come early in puppyhood. Physical force or hard words will not work with a Miniature Bull Terrier, so a different tactic will be ideal. Also, something to note about a Miniature Bull Terrier, they are not an easy breed to train. Use positive reinforcement for the most effective training.
Miniature Bull Terriers can also be difficult to house train. Using a crate for this specific obedience skill is ideal. Because Miniature Bull Terriers have a tendency to be aggressive toward others members of the family, it is important to teach Miniature Bull Terriers early socialization skills to block out the characteristics of aggression.
Here is a link to the Miniature Bull Terrier Club of America. Please check your local area for other rescues near you or to learn more about this breed. www.mbtca.org