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The Miniature Bull Terrier

Posted March 13, 2014 in Dog Breeds

Background
The Miniature Bull Terrier was the result of interbreeding between a Bulldog and the now extinct White English Terrier in the 19th century. The result was the  “Bull and Terrier” now known as the Bull Terrier. The earliest dogs of this breed came in several different sizes and weights.

A well-known Bull Terrier breeder of the 1860s, named James Hinks (Birmingham, England), helped give MBTs the more developed look they have today.

The Miniature Bull Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991.

Sizing up

  • Weight: 20 to 35 lbs.
  • Height: 10 to 14 inches
  • Coat: Short, smooth, and glossy
  • Color: Can come in a solid color or tricolor of white, black, brindle, tan, fawn, and red
  • Life expectancy: 11 to 12 years

What’s the Miniature Bull Terrier like?
The Miniature Bull Terrier is loving, curious, and full of life! He adores his family and being at their side, but he won’t be happy as a couch potato. He gets along with children but can be a little too excited for toddlers. He does not like to be left alone for too long and should not be left outside alone, especially if you would like your lawn to stay hole-free--this dog is digger.

The Miniature Bull Terrier needs to be trained the day you bring him home. He can be very stubborn when he wants to be so you should be tough, but not harsh. Always use positive reinforcement with your MBT. He will also require early socialization to avoid conflict with other dogs, animals, and people.

Grooming your MBT's coat is very easy and takes little time. A weekly brushing to remove any dead hair and a bath about every three months will suffice.

Health
Miniature Bull Terriers are typically a healthy breed. The few health concerns you should be aware of include the following:

Deafness
 
Kidney disease

Entropion

  • When an eyelid is inverted causing an eyelash to irritate the eye

Lens luxation

  • When the eye lens becomes dislocated

Takeaway points

  • The Miniature Bull Terrier would be more suitable for a family with older children.
  • The Miniature Bull Terrier may not be a great choice for someone who works long hours.
  • The Miniature Bull Terrier can make a great watchdog.
  • The Miniature Bull Terrier will do well in city apartments.

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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.