Miniature Bull Terrier

Breed History

Miniature Bull Terrier is a small size dog that is a smaller version of the bigger Bull Terrier. Both have common ancestors English White Terrier, now extinct, and a Bulldog.

Having a strong history of fighting bulls is their Bulldog history. Terriers were hunters of vermin and rodents on farmland. Mixing the two together would soon bring together the Bull Terrier in the early 1800’s.

Being outlawed from fighting is one of the reasons why they would begin to start using a smaller breed for ratting purposes. Vermin hunters are small, quick, and agile being able to catch smaller prey.

Farming has become more commercial and ratters are in less use for their jobs and more in demand for being a regular house pet.

For many years they were the same dog just a smaller size. During the beginning of the 20th century they would soon become their own dog with a separate breed standard.

Documentation would not happen for the breed until the late 19th century. There has been a toy, standard, and miniature version of this dog but the toy is not in favor.

Unlike other breeds where the miniature feels like a new breed the minis are everything like the bigger Bull Terrier breed just smaller in size.

Registration

In 1991, they would receive registration from the American Kennel club and start to gain more popularity in the states.

Top 110 in popularity there is a good chance they can still raise in the rankings. Only being in the club for a few decades one movie can start to move the needle for them.

Terrier Group is the group they are put in unanimously. Here are the different kennel clubs and their breed standards for this breed.

Size

Male Height: 12-14 inches

Female Height: 10-12 inches

Male Weight: 25-30 pounds

Female Weight: 20-25 pounds

Litter Size

5 puppies are the average litter size Miniature Bull Terrier. Moderate size litters and breeders should be prepared for the number of incoming puppies. Keeping the dogs at least eight weeks before selling to a responsible owner is the best practice.

Colors

  • Black – Brindle, Tan, White
  • Brindle – White
  • Fawn – White
  • Red – White
  • White – Brindle, Fawn, Red, Tan

Price

$1,000-$2,000 is the average price for a Miniature Bull Terrier. Prices vary depending on location, currency, supply, demand, and other factors.

Registration will increase the price of the puppy due to the strict adherence to the breed standard and proper breeding practices. Paying a premium is an expectation for a litter with two parents with papers.

Without papers you can expect to pay a few hundred dollars at best. When one, or both parents, can’t get registration then the puppy can’t get them either.

Grooming

Take the dog on a long run or walk before you start the grooming session. Doing this will make the dog calm and more welcoming to the experience. Using a leash to communicate that you want them to standstill, while still training, is ideal.

  1. Brushing
  2. Bathing
  3. Ears
  4. Nails
  5. Professional Help

Brush the coat at least once per month for the best results. Due to the short and smooth coat you will not have a high maintenance grooming session.

Exercise is most useful when you need to bathe the dog. After an hour run or walk the dog will be more likely to behave during the session and if not exercise for a longer duration next time.

Cleaning the ears once a week will prevent ear infection and will cost the owner less in the long run.

Trimming the nails should happen during daily exercise, which we recommend. If you choose not to exercise, which we don’t recommend, cut them with clippers or hire a professional.

Professional help is not a recommendation for this breed.

Life Span

11-12 years is the average lifespan for a Miniature Bull Terrier. That’s a long time for a dog to live and owners should be aware of the time commitment. Great dog to consider for adoption as a puppy or young adult due to the long lifespan.

Health Issues

BAER Testing – hearing of some breeds are more likely to have an issue than others. Official Kennel clubs Health Statement states that you need to get a test on the ears done. From 12-24 months the dog will show signs that they can’t hear properly.

Cardiac Exam – heart disease is one of the biggest killers in dogs and owners should get heart a check-up as soon as possible. Older age increases the chances due to eating kibble for longer time periods.

Kidney-Urine Analysis – painful kidney stones can start to affect the dog from bacteria entering the bladder. Many symptoms the dog will show including fever, bloody pee, weight loss and many more.

Breed Group

Proud members of the Terrier Group just like the rest of the Pit-Bull breeds. Terriers are dogs that were in use on farms mostly in Europe and England as well as some islands.

Rodent infestations were rapid, and they were in need of someone who could kill hundreds of rats per hour. All kinds of Terriers are experts at getting rodents from the ground or on ground.

Here are some of the dogs that are in this group

Exercise Needs

Miniature Bull Terrier needs a lot of exercise and they need it every day. Owners will make the mistake of looking at size and taking wild guesses that they need little exercise.

Walking the dog to the mailbox, to the bathroom, or putting them in the backyard is not the best way to exercise a dog. And we know that’s true from the dog’s behavior that it doesn’t satisfy them.

Falling short on exercise will start to show you a dog that is overexcited and hard of listening. Digging, barking, whining, anxiety, nipping, and biting will all start to develop over time.

Once you start to give them exercise you will notice that the dog is calmer and using the day to recover. Sleeping, eating and drinking water are the only thing on the dog’s mind when they are getting enough exercise.

Whenever the dog chews up the fence in the backyard the first thing you should think of doing is increasing their workload. Finding the sweet spot is an ever-elusive goal due to the dog needing less and less over their lifespan.

Here is a basic recommendation we would give a client.

Morning: Hour (run, walk or treadmill)

Evening: 30 mins (run, walk or treadmill)

Younger dogs need a lot of runs and multiple session days to find the right balance. Training of house, backyard, and on the walk, rules will be taught at this stage. Busy time of ownership.

Adult dogs start to see a decline in energy levels and here is where all the hard work starts to pay dividends. Continue letting them dog tell you when they have enough exercise.

Senior dogs don’t need much exercise and a walk around the block 4 days a week may be all they need.

Training

  1. Exercise program
  2. Commands
  3. Socialization
  4. Corrections

Every training program should have a solid foundation and no foundation is more solid than a daily exercise program. It is not easy work and that’s why many people will choose to ignore it. Starting with one hour a day is a great start and lets you start a great habit. For cases that need immediate relief we would recommend two sessions one in the morning and one at night that will remove all the energy from the dog. Once the dog starts feeling the effects of the exercise you will move on to other training areas.

Commands are a great way to get more control of your dog. You should focus on teaching the dog off leash to do commands in different areas. Treats, toys, and life rewards are all acceptable ways to motivate the dog, although they are not necessary.

Socialize the dog after a long walk or run for the best results. Before vet visits, dog parks, parks, car rides and any other gathering in a social place you take the dog exercise beforehand. After applying this method once or twice there will be no better way to start these activities with the dog.

Correcting the dog will happen verbally, on or off leash. Timing will be the most important aspect of the correction. Before something happens is the best time to correct not during the bad behavior or after the bad behavior is over. Although this is great to master you need to make the dog sit or lay after. A loose dog that always sits or lays after correction will do the same thing off leash when the owner needs to put them back on the leash.

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