Country/Date of origin:
- Great Britain
- 10 to 14 inches
- 24 to 33 pounds
- Personality is identical to the larger Bull Terriers.
- A real people-lover.
- Loyal and faithful to family.
- Usually tolerant with strangers.
- Does not get along well with other dogs or cats.
Bull Terriers were developed in 19th century England for a specific purpose—fighting. It was created by crossing the Bulldog and various terriers, especially the now extinct White English Terrier. What resulted was an agile, courageous dog that would stand up to anything. The original cross was a small dog much like the present day Miniature Bull Terrier. By adding Pointer blood the size of the dogs was increased. Dogs were often pitted by weight and there was a group of fanciers that cultivated the miniature size. After blood sports were outlawed, it fell into disfavor. Recently breeders have been actively trying to improve the heads of the miniature variety, which were not as refined as the larger ones. They seem to have succeeded. Miniature Bull Terriers were granted membership in the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1992.
- A smaller version of the Bull Terrier.
- The natural tail is moderately short and carried just above level of the back. It is not altered.
- The small ears are carried erect and are not altered.
- The short, flat coat is harsh to the touch.
- Permissible colors are all white or white with red or brindle markings on the head only.
- Minimal grooming required.
Health and Wellness:
- Generally quite healthy.
- Inherited eye problem known as lens luxation.
- Skin problems including hives, hot spots and allergies.
What you should know:
- A great choice if you like Bull Terriers and don’t have much space.
- The egghead of the dog world.
- The Miniature Bull Terrier’s Roman-nose profile has made it the darling of cartoonists.
- Noses of puppies are pink but will darken with age.
- Extremely clean in its personal habits.
- Not to be confused with more aggressive pit bulls.