Miniature Bull Terrier

Fast Facts

Country of Origin:England
AKC Group:Terrier Group
UKC Group:Terrier
Use today:Earthdog
Life Span:12 to 15 years
Color:Pure solid white or marked with any color.
Coat:Short, flat, harsh, and glossy.
Grooming:Brush weekly to minimize shedding.
Size:Medium Dog Breed
Height:10 to 14 inches at the shoulder
Weight:Proportionate to height

This little fellow is sturdy, muscular, active, intelligent and tenacious, yet good tempered. In looks and coloring, it's a scaled-down version of the full-sized Bull Terrier. This breed dates to the early 19th century when the Bulldog and the now extinct White English Terrier were interbred to produce the Bull and Terrier, later known as the Bull Terrier. Early Bull Terriers exhibited a range of sizes, from 4 to 16 pounds. The American Kennel Club standard now calls for a height of 10 to 14 inches at the shoulder, with weight in proportion to height. The short, flat coat needs only a weekly brushing to give it a fine gloss. Miniature Bull Terriers are just right for apartment dwellers who can deal with their high activity level. They are fine with children and make good watchdogs.

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Miniature Bull Terrier

Get to know this fiery, determined breed’s playful side.

By Elaine Waldorf Gewirtz

Top Traits

  • Egg-shaped head
  • Independent thinker
  • Mischief-maker

To retrieve Christmas decorations from the top shelf of her garage, Cheri Fulk of San Jose, Calif., climbed a 6-foot ladder. Snowy, her half-blind, 4-year-old Miniature Bull Terrier, scaled it, too.

"Snowy wants to do what I’m doing, and she’s absolutely fearless about heights or falling,” says Fulk, a longtime Mini Bull owner. "She’s confident, agile, and couldn’t care less about an exit strategy.”

A perpetual motion machine and the class clown of the dog world, the Mini Bull appeals to those who appreciate the antics of an active terrier.

Busybody

Mini Bulls live to entertain. "When they’re excited, they’ll do a ‘hucklebutt’ -- run a few feet, spin, and kick their back legs out, then repeat the process,” says Kim Landman of South Lyon, Mich., rescue chairperson for the Miniature Bull Terrier Club of America. "Or, while you’re walking, they’ll jump up and gently bump you with their noses.” 

Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991, the Mini Bull was developed  as a scaled-down version of the larger Bull Terrier, a popular gentlemen’s dog. But the Mini Bull was more interested in looking for rats than serving as a lap dog.

Today this strong, muscular dog with a long, distinctive, oval head resembling an egg possesses a determined, but intelligent expression. 

"Mini Bulls are meant to have a piercing wicked glint in their dark eyes, but there’s not a wicked thing about them,” says Crissy Brown-Stone of Murfreesboro, Tenn., president of the MBTCA.

No Bull

The Mini Bull makes a wonderful family companion if you don’t mind a few quirky personality traits:

  • Extremely persistent. "If a Mini Bull wants something and can’t get it right away, he’ll try 100 times,” says longtime owner Michael Martin of San Jose, Calif.
  • Toy obsessive and always looking for something to do.
  • Tends to bark, chase his tail, or become destructive if bored.
  • Protective of family.
  • Can be manipulative

People Lover

"Loyal and attached to their favorite person, the Mini Bull wants to be with you, but doesn’t live for you,” says Giselle Simonds of Petaluma, Calif., past president of the MBTCA and the club’s AKC delegate. "Give them something to chew or to do when you leave, and they rarely experience separation anxiety.”

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