VCA Salem Animal Hospital

Miniature Bull Terrier

Miniature Bull Terrier

Basic Miniature Bull Terrier Information

  • Lifespan: 11 - 14 years
  • Height: 10 - 14 inches
  • Weight: 25 - 33 pounds


Medical Conditions Seen in Miniature Bull Terriers


Miniature Bull Terrier Traits

  • Joggin Partner
         
  • Lap Dog
         
  • Good with Children
         
  • Warm Weather
         
  • Cold Weather
         
  • Grooming Requirements
         
  • Shedding
         
  • Barking
         
  • Ease of Training
         


Miniature Bull Terrier History

  • When bull baiting and dog fighting were outlawed in England, many patrons of the bull and terrier breed, which was a popular gladiator, decided to clean up the dog's image. They bred for personality and appearance, and began to compete in dogs shows successfully.
  • Around 1860, James Hinks crossed the bull and terrier with the white English terrier and the Dalmatian, producing an all-white strain he called the bull terrier. These dogs became sought after as stylish companions for young gentlemen.
  • In the early days, the breed had a great range in acceptable sizes. In fact, tiny bull terriers as small as 4 pounds were recorded early on. These toy bull terriers were not very good specimens and eventually faded from the scene, but the slightly larger miniature bull terriers caught on.
  • The English Kennel Club recognized the miniature bull terrier in 1939.
  • The AKC recognized the miniature bull terrier in 1991.


Miniature Bull Terrier Behavior Concerns

  • Makes a loyal and lively companion.
  • Playful, comical and often mischievous.
  • Very good with children.
  • Fairly friendly toward strangers.
  • Not very friendly towards strange dogs.
  • Usually good with other pets.
  • The bull terrier learns quickly, but can be stubborn and independent. It tends to rebel against forceful methods.
  • Does best with a firm owner who can combine reward-based training with good control and leadership.
  • Some like to dig a lot.


Miniature Bull Terrier Suggested Exercises

  • Makes a calm and alert housedog as long as it receives regular exercise.
  • Requires daily exercise in the form of a walk, short jog, or energetic games.
  • The miniature bull terrier enjoys cold weather outings but its short coat is not suited to living outside.
  • Obedience training is essential not only for control, but for the mental exercise it provides.


Miniature Bull Terrier Grooming

  • Coat is short, flat and harsh.
  • The coat needs only occasional brushing, once every week or so, to remove dead hair.
  • Shedding is average.


Suggested Miniature Bull Terrier Nutritional Needs

  • Miniature bull terriers tend to stay in good weight or tend to be slightly overweight.
  • Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.


Did you know?

  • Grapes and raisins are harmful to dogs.
  • Some dog parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your dog.


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