Miniature Bull Terrier is a smaller Bull Terrier. The development of the Bull Terrier began about 200 years ago in England when the Bulldog and White English Terrier were crossed to create a dog breed then known as the Bull and Terrier. Some breed experts believe that the Black and Tan Terrier was also an ancestor, as was the Spanish Pointer. Although never one to back down from a challenge, the Bull Terrier was called the White Cavalier for his wonderful temperament. The medium-sized dogs, then ranging from 15 to 17 pounds, became known as Miniature Bull Terriers, while the larger dogs were simply called Bull Terriers.
The Miniature Bull Terrier is small but is still all Bull Terrier. Now, the Miniature Bull Terrier dog breed stands between 10 and 15 inches tall, and his weight should be in proportion to his height. His head should be long and deep, with a full oval face just like that of his larger cousin. The eyes are small and dark, and the ears are small and erect. The chest is deep and the body muscular. The tail tapers to a fine point. The coat is short and flat. White Mini Bulls should be pure white, while colored Mini Bulls may be of any color. Grooming consists of a weekly brushing with a soft bristle brush.
The Miniature Bull Terrier is a moderately active dog breed. He enjoys brisk walks, a chance to train in agility, and a good romp in the backyard. The breed can be busy and, if left alone for too many hours, also destructive. Miniature Bull Terriers need early training and socialization. Training should be structured and firm, and the owner must establish leadership.
The Miniature Bull Terrier dogs are active, stubborn (not stupid), and demanding of interaction. They need a firm, intelligent, consistent disciplinarian. For an owner who understands the breed, a Miniature Bull Terrier can be a fun, challenging, and sometimes chaotic companion. Miniature Bull Terriers can be great with kids but do not understand children’s roughhousing. They can be dog-aggressive. Health concerns include eye problems, heart and kidney disease, and deafness.