Miniature Bull Terrier
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The Miniature Bull Terrier is a direct descendant of the Bull Terrier where smaller examples of the breed were often produced in a litter. These very small dogs where first referred to as 'Toy breed', but they often lacked the proper type of the larger Bull Terrier and due to such a small number of breeding stock, interbreeding became an issue and genetic problems arose. However, by breeding with smaller Standard Bull Terriers, the breed began to grow in popularity and was finally recognised as a standard breed by the American Kennel Club in 1991.
Often referred to as a child in a dog suit, the Miniature Bull Terrier (MBT) is similar in nature to it's larger counterpart. These dogs are comical, playful and lively. They are fun loving and like to be around people. Left alone for too long and they can chew and bark for hours. They are very good with children and are usually ok with strangers if they are properly socialised form an early age. The same applies to other pets, but be wary if you have small furry animals in the house. Terriers like to chase. Like most Terriers, they can be feisty and will want to prove themselves. They are courageous and will defend themselves if threatened and some male dogs can become aggressive towards other males. Early socialisation is important with any puppy, but more so with Terriers. Getting them used to new people, places, dogs and situations will help you and your dog with general behaviour later in life. MBTs will want to be involved in family life and aren't the sort of dog to retreat to their basket. They will want to be in on the action at all times. They aren't a lap dog, but are affectionate towards their family and will need attention. Training Terriers can be a challenge and MBTs like to play the fool and you will need a sense of humour/patience when teaching them. They do learn, but can be stubborn and play instead of learn. Short, kind, playful training is best with this breed, but you will need to be firm and teach them who is boss. MBTs have quite a high energy level and require a decent walk at least once a day. The more often you walk them, the more content they will be, like any dog. Recall can be hit and miss due to their prey drive, so best walked on a lead or in a safe, enclosed area. They like playing with toys and will chase a ball, so this can help with recall training.
Their coat needs minimal care, just regular brushing. A healthy breed like most Terriers who are a hardy group. They often don't show if they are under the weather. Deafness is often seen in Whites, but the only real issue sometimes seen is Glaucoma.
Miniature Bulldogs have a comical and mischievious temperament. They are devoted to their families but won't crave your attention all the time. An independent streak makes them stubborn little characters. They will be pleased to meet guests and most get on ok with other animals.
Very loveable dogs with heaps of personality.
Health problems that may affect Miniature Bull terriers include patellar luxation (dislocation of the kneecap), kidney problems, lens luxation (detachment of lens inside eyeball that can cause blindness), heart problems and in the white varieties deafness can be a problem.
- Status: Common
- Life Expectancy: 10 - 14 years
- Weight: 9.1 - 16 kg
- Height: 10 - 14"
- Rare: No
- Coat: Short - Hypoallergenic
- Grooming Requirements: Once a week
- Town or Country: Either
- Minimum Home Size: Small House
- Minimum Garden Size: Small to Medium Garden
- Breed Type: Pest Control Dog
- Size: Small
- Energy Level: High
- Exercise Required: Up to 1 hour