It is impossible to mistake the Bull Terrier for another breed – they are simply too unique. The Miniature Bull Terrier is a smaller, arguably cuter version of the original. Their overly large heads hint at the clowns they really are. However, these dogs were bred from Bulldogs and English Terriers to be serious ratters, and they retain much of the terrier personality required for that job. Read more to learn about the Miniature Bull Terrier.
Description of the Miniature Bull Terrier
This breed has many of the characteristics of a terrier. Miniature as they are, these dogs have a ton of personality built into a small package. They’re happy creatures, always up for a game. As amusing as they are, they’re also often up to no good!
The Mini has a short coat. They can be many colors, but are usually predominantly white. These dogs often have interesting markings of brown, red, black, and a myriad of other possibilities.
An egg-shaped head is what makes these dogs so unique. The Miniature Bull Terrier in particular appears as if its head is too large for its body. This is especially true because the eyes remain small and close together. This breed’s pointed ears give off the air that they are always ready for work (or play).
Life Expectancy and Size
The Miniature Bull Terrier stands only 10 to 14 inches at the shoulder. With such a square stature, it’s surprising how much they can weigh. They range from 18 to a hefty 28 pounds. There’s a lot of muscle built in to these pups!
Unfortunately, these dogs do have some health problems, some of which can be managed. It is extremely important to keep the Mini at a healthy weight, as they are prone to obesity. Working with a reputable breeder can help avoid some genetic issues.
Still, the Miniature Bull Terrier has a life expectancy of 11 to 13 years.
This breed was indeed bred to have some protective abilities. Of course, the standard size has a bit more bulk to back up the bark. Still, while most Minis are sweet with strangers, some do have a protective instinct. Bull Terriers in general are better deterrents than actual protectors. Given that these are the miniature version, they are not the best choice as guard dogs.
The Miniature Bull Terrier is a typical terrier when it comes to training. They are smart, and love to learn, but are also overwhelmingly independent, and have stubborn streaks. Generally, they don’t like to be bossed around. To get around this breed’s opinionated personality, it is advisable to keep sessions short and sweet. Playing training games helps to keep their attention, and limits any frustration they may feel.
Most Mini owners have great success with positive reinforcement methods. Treats can be a good asset for training this breed. However, be careful to limit treats, as these dogs are prone to obesity. Most owners opt to reduce food rations in relation to the number of treats they give.
This breed is relatively high energy. They are terriers, after all. However, they tend to have spurts of the jitters. This can send them racing around the house mere seconds after waking up from a nap.
More than anything else, these dogs like to use up their energy with their humans. The Miniature Bull Terrier is not one that you can send out in the yard to fend for himself. He prefers walks and games, anything so that he can pair his desire for exercise with his love for humans.
A lack in social stimulation or exercise is likely to lead to destructive behaviors.
What Living with a Miniature Bull Terrier is Like
Owning a Mini Bull Terrier is like owning a bundle of fun. These dogs are never short on energy, and particularly love channeling that energy into time with their family. They will always be up for a game or a snuggle.
Sometimes, of course, this energy can be a bit much too handle. Most are overly friendly, and may greet strangers with energetic bouncing. Although they are generally good with kids, they may accidentally knock over small ones with their excited rowdiness.
They’re amusing dogs to look at, with their rounded foreheads. It almost looks as if they’ve broken their noses one too many times! The Miniature Bull Terrier lacks some of the impressiveness of the standard size, which can at times seem scary. Instead, these little bundles of joy are just funny.
Unfortunately, these dogs do have some real health problems. This dramatically shortens their life expectancy.
Care of the Miniature Bull Terrier
This breed has some unique requirements to keep him healthy. For families that can manage, the Mini offers a endless company from a vivacious little class clown.
The Miniature Bull Terrier should do well in most environments. These dogs have short coats, so they cannot tolerate extreme temperatures as well as some others. Likewise, their energetic personalities and muscle density mean that they can overheat. Always have ample shade and fresh water available.
Providing the proper amount of exercise for the Mini is quite difficult. As puppies, they are extremely fragile. The combination of their stout frames and dense muscle puts them at greater risk for injury than most dogs. Puppies are in even more danger, thanks to their undeveloped bones.
While young, intense exercise should be limited. This can be difficult with such an energetic dog. However, the pain can be eased by provided lots of social interaction and puzzle games. Otherwise, these puppies are likely to go stir crazy.
As they age, exercise can gradually be increased. The breed should never be allowed to jump from large heights. Hands on play can be a good way to provide the Mini with adequate exercise while also keeping an eye on their sensitive joints. Walks are also good opportunities for gentle activity.
Shedding and Grooming
The Miniature Bull Terrier does have short, smooth hair. However, this does not mean that they shed any less. In fact, it can just mean that the hair is harder to clean up!
Regular baths and brushing with a soft brush or mitt can lessen the amount of hair that end up around the house. In addition to this, it is important to keep the Mini’s nails cut short. They are particularly thick and prone to cracking.
Ideal Home Environment
The Miniature Bull Terrier is a goofy companion.
They are best suited to families that understand their unique needs. Although they are high energy, they cannot be over taxed for fear of hurting their fragile bones and joints. This means that they may not be suited to owners that want exercise partners. It is also important to carefully watch the Mini to make sure that he doesn’t hurt himself.
That being said, these dogs are still energetic and need adequate stimulation and social time.
They work best in households that enjoy playtime, but don’t yearn for an intense workout partner. The Miniature Bull Terrier can be good with older kids that enjoy playing, but also know how to be gentle. Many individuals are aggressive with other dogs, especially those of the same sex. They may be better suited to one-dog households, although early socialization can do a lot to improve their social skills.
This breed has some unique health concerns. In the long run, it may shorten their lives more than most dogs of their size. Heart, kidney, knee, and eye problems are not uncommon. Some of these issues can be screened for by a reputable breeder.
These dogs are also prone to lameness. Monitoring their exercise and making sure that they do not become overweight are essential to their long-term health.
The Miniature Bull Terrier is generally easier to deal with than the full-sized Bull Terrier. They do have some terrier characteristics, though. This means that they can get up to a surprising amount of mischief, especially when bored. Problems can range from chewing to barking to digging. Most of these are corrected by adequate exercise and social time.
Some Mini’s are aggressive, especially with other dogs. Early socialization can help them to become comfortable in more situations.