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Miniature Bull Terrier

Miniature-Bull-Terrier

A Protective Dog

Comical, Mischievous, Playful

Miniature Bull Terriers are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Miniature Bull Terriers, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Miniature Bull Terrier and some can be quite irritating! 

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where the Miniature Bull Terrier came from, which health conditions are a risk to them and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Height:10-14" Weight:25-33 lb Lifespan:11-14 years

Size
2

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
1

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
2

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Miniature Bull Terriers are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. They have a strong chase instinct, so they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must. They are energetic and active dogs that excel at canine sports like earthdog and agility.

Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: Miniature Bull Terriers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week.

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Miniature Bull Terriers are class clowns and tireless playmates, they love kids, but their high energy can be too much for small children.

Positive Traits:

  • Outgoing and friendly personality

  • Devoted, loyal, and protective

  • Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark

  • Loves to play games, especially fetch

  • Quirky, entertaining personality

  • Confident, steady, and fearless

Negative Traits:

  • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

  • Requires vigorous, frequent exercise and space to run

  • Likely to attack other small animals, including cats

  • Can be possessive of toys and food, tending to show dominance

  • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

  • Likes to dig

Whether you are considering adding a new Miniature Bull Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Miniature Bull Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Miniature Bull Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Miniature Bull Terrier could encounter:

Eye Problems

Displaced Lens

Glaucoma

Cataracts

Persistent Pupillary Membrane

Eyelid Abnormality

The Miniature Bull Terrier originated in England and was bred as a ratter. Like their relative the Bull Terrier, they are known for their large egg-shaped head and their tendency to grumble and groan when vocalizing. Until the early 1900’s there was no distinction between the standard Bull Terrier and the Miniature Bull Terrier. The only true difference is in their size; all other traits are similar. The Mini Bull is feisty and tenacious but loving and devoted to their family. They need frequent attention from the family, and they'll perform to get it – anything for a laugh!

Consult with a veterinarian if your Miniature Bull Terrier shows signs of the following:

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy

  • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest

  • Coughing, fainting episodes, tiring easily

  • Louder than normal panting, especially when hot or after exercise

  • Repetitive, compulsive whirling

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

  • Care

    Routine Care: Miniature Bull Terriers are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. They have a strong chase instinct, so they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must. They are energetic and active dogs that excel at canine sports like earthdog and agility.

    Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: Miniature Bull Terriers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week.

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Miniature Bull Terriers are class clowns and tireless playmates, they love kids, but their high energy can be too much for small children.

    Positive Traits:

    • Outgoing and friendly personality

    • Devoted, loyal, and protective

    • Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark

    • Loves to play games, especially fetch

    • Quirky, entertaining personality

    • Confident, steady, and fearless

    Negative Traits:

    • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

    • Requires vigorous, frequent exercise and space to run

    • Likely to attack other small animals, including cats

    • Can be possessive of toys and food, tending to show dominance

    • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

    • Likes to dig

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Miniature Bull Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Miniature Bull Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Miniature Bull Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Miniature Bull Terrier could encounter:

    Eye Problems

    Displaced Lens

    Glaucoma

    Cataracts

    Persistent Pupillary Membrane

    Eyelid Abnormality

  • History

    The Miniature Bull Terrier originated in England and was bred as a ratter. Like their relative the Bull Terrier, they are known for their large egg-shaped head and their tendency to grumble and groan when vocalizing. Until the early 1900’s there was no distinction between the standard Bull Terrier and the Miniature Bull Terrier. The only true difference is in their size; all other traits are similar. The Mini Bull is feisty and tenacious but loving and devoted to their family. They need frequent attention from the family, and they'll perform to get it – anything for a laugh!

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Miniature Bull Terrier shows signs of the following:

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy

    • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest

    • Coughing, fainting episodes, tiring easily

    • Louder than normal panting, especially when hot or after exercise

    • Repetitive, compulsive whirling

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    • Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

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