Once known as a gladiator in the bull baiting pit, the Standard Bull Terrier has come a long way and is now being enjoyed as a family pet. After the bull baiting was banned, breeders found a way to somehow lessen the aggressiveness of this breed and this quest was successful. Down the line, however, breeders came up with the idea of having the same Bull Terrier only smaller in size thus the Miniature Bull Terrier came to be.
Like the standard Bull Terrier, this miniature dog also possesses a head that everyone describes as the “egg shape”. Its eyes are triangular and closely set, and the tail is also carried horizontally. When it comes to the body, just like its bigger counterpart, this mini dog is also robust, lean and muscular.
This breed is tightly wrapped in a body- hugging coat that is short, course and shiny. The coat usually comes out in full white color, white with colored markings, or purely colored. The only acceptable colors for this breed are white, black, fawn, red, brindle and tricolor (blue and liver are frowned upon).
The first Bull Terrier actually came out looking like a Miniature Bull Terrier. But for gaming purposes, breeders developed it to be much larger and so they cross-bred it with the Spanish Pointer. In the early 1900s, there had been lots of Bull Terrier sizes that some ended up like a Chihuahua.
It was in 1970s when a weight limit was set in order to group the Standard Bull Terrier and the Miniature Bull Terrier. The miniatures was agreed to stand not more than 14 inches but not smaller than 10 inches. The weight is also agreed to scale 25 to 35 kilograms only.
Even though small, the Mini Bull Terrier is ferocious and courageous in defending its human companion. But because this breed is a terrier, it is natural for it to become stubborn sometimes. It also has the tendency to become overly active that small children get knocked over if not informed about the dog properly.
This breed is every inch a warrior when it comes to fighting because even at times that the opponent is a much larger breed, it doesn’t back down and fights as long as circumstances allow. This dog is also very loyal and in fact will defend the master against harm. On peaceful moments, however, the Mini Bull Terrier is playful, overly active and sociable towards humans.
This breed can survive well in a small apartment as long as it is given plenty of exercise everyday. It should be allowed to play outside in order to avoid behavioral problems from inflicting it. Once a week brushing or combing is all it needs in order to keep itself neat and clean.
- Upbeat, Mischievous, Comical
- AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 110 of 191
- Height: 10-14 inches
- Weight: 18-28 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 11-13 years
- Group: Terrier Group