The Miniature Bull Terrier!

An evidently smaller version of the Bull terrier breed, the Miniature Bull terrier is quite rare, as it was recognized as a separate breed when there were not many of its kind. This breed’s build is round and heavy boned with even proportions. Its head has a characteristic shape, uniformly inclined from the top towards the tip of the nose. It has small eyes that are a relatively short distance apart, contributing to the odd but sharp expression.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
11 to 14 years

Energy Level:

Living Conditions:
Indoor only.


Exercise Needs:
Brisk 20 minute walk and a game of fetch.

Breed Group:


10 to 14 inches

24 to 33 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Black, red, fawn, brindle, pure white, and combinations of these.

National breed club:
The Miniature Bull Terrier Club of America

Miniature Bull Terrier Skills

When the Bull terrier, the combination of the Bulldog and Old English terrier breeds, did not turn out the great fighter that its breeders hoped it would be, smaller dogs of this breed caught the interest of enthusiasts. The toy size or smallest dogs of the strain, however, were found to be frail, and the miniature variety of the breed gained favor. Like the standard variety, the Miniature Bull terrier has served as herder, vermin hunter, guardian, and watchdog. The breed is also a good competitor in earth dog trials.

Miniature Bull Terrier Personality

The Miniature Bull terrier is an active and playful breed that does not like to stay put. It is a fun, loyal pet that’s not quite submissive, as it tends to be autonomous and stubborn. For this reason, this breed needs rigid but gentle training. Its owner will need to let it play and explore in secure areas, and provide exercise opportunities to use up its energy. It likes to be around its people and be shown affection, and will do well as a pet of an active family.

Exercise Needs

Brisk exercise is a must for this breed, as it otherwise tends to become sluggish and gain weight fast. A daily walk of medium distance or a lively game should meet its requirements.

Living Conditions

This breed prefers warm conditions, and should live indoors with its people. It will benefit from having yard access, though it is amenable to apartment living, provided it has adequate exercise.

Grooming Requirements

Infrequent combing and brushing of the Miniature Bull terrier’s coat would suffice. This breed may be expected to shed two times in a year, during which brushing of the coat should be more thorough.

Health Issues

Deafness is a common birth defect in this breed. The Miniature Bull terrier is also susceptible to kneecap dislocation and eye problems.

If you liked this dog…

...and enjoyed the unique looks of this breed, you might also want to take a look at the Bedlington terrier, also a brave dog that could be hard to distinguish from a lamb.


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