Facts about Miniature Bull Terrier Puppies

Did you just bring home a new Miniature Bull Terrier puppy and want to learn more about the breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a puppy and want to know if this is the right breed of dog for you and your family?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



Breed History

The Miniature Bull Terrier, along with his larger cousin and several other breeds, was created in the mid-1800s from crosses between the Bulldog and various terriers, including the now extinct Old English Terrier. But we need to go back by about 50 years to see how this breed was developed...

Early crosses between the Bulldog and terriers didn't belong to any specific breed. The concept of a breed appeared only at the end of the 19th century with the advent of the dog show circuit. Before then, dogs were identified by a type, with all dogs having common ancestry and performing the same job belonging to the same type. The Miniature Bull Terrier emerged from a type of dogs known as Bull and Terriers.

Early Bull and Terriers combined agility and intensity of the terrier with strength and tenacity of the Bulldog. But not all dogs belonging to this type looked and acted the same. Depending on how they were bred, some were more terrier-like while others were more Bulldog-like. There was also great range in size and color.

The modern breed, also known as the English Miniature Bull Terrier, emerged in the early 1860s after James Hinks of Birmingham, England began crossing his own white Bulldog with the now extinct White English Terriers and Bull and Terriers to create the modern Bull Terrier.

All early Bull Terriers had pure white coats and were referred to as White Cavaliers. Colored Bull Terriers were created in the early 1900s by crossing White Cavaliers with Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

The Miniature Bull Terrier is exactly the same as his larger cousin, the Standard Bull Terrier, except the size. It was created by breeding smaller dogs to create a new line of dogs. For a while, there was also a Toy Bull Terrier but that size never caught and disappeared.

While other clubs treat standard and Miniature Bull Terriers as different varieties of the same breed, AKC treats them as two distinct breeds and recognized the Miniature Terrier in 1991.

Other breeds that emerged from Bull and Terriers include the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Physical Characteristics of Miniature Bull Terrier Puppies

The Miniature Bull Terrier possesses all the attributes, except the size, of his larger cousin. He is strongly built, powerful, and muscular.

It has a well rounded body with broad chest and muscular shoulders. The back is short and has a slight arch over the loin. The short tail is carried horizontally. It's thick where it joins the body and tapers to a fine point. The neck is long, arched, and muscular, tapering from the shoulders to the head.

The front legs are big boned, straight, and of moderate length. The back legs are muscular and look parallel when viewed from behind. The feet are compact and round, with arched toes like a cat.

The oval-shaped head is long, almost flat at the top, and slopes gently downwards from the top of the skull to the tip of the nose. The eyes are set close together. Darker eyes are preferred, blue eyes are an automatic disqualification. The ears are small and placed close together. The nose is black, with nostrils bending downward at the tip.

The coat is short and feels harsh to the touch. The color can be either all white, with or without non-white markings on head, or any color other than white. The colored Miniature Bull Terriers may be black, fawn, red, or brindle, with or without white markings.

    Height Weight
  Male 10 - 14 inches 25 - 33 pounds
  Female 10 - 14 inches 25 - 33 pounds


Just like their larger cousins, Miniature Bull Terriers are intelligent, courageous, active, fun loving and, contrary to what many believe, friendly dogs.

They are loyal, get very attached to their owners, and don't like being neglected or spending extended periods of time alone. They need to be included in family activities. Miniature Bull Terriers are very good with children but, without enough exercise, may be too energetic for small children, though.

Unaltered Miniature Bull Terriers, especially males, can be aggressive towards other dogs of the same sex. The breed is not recommended for households with non-canine pets. This breed can definitely benefit from socialization training.

They make good pets, but this breed is not for everyone... The Miniature Bull Terrier is a very active dog and will do best with an active family. It also requires firm handling. If the Mini Bull Terrier senses any weakness from its owner, he may become willful, protective, and even aggressive.

While they were never bred to be guard dogs, Miniature Bull Terriers make good watchdogs.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

With sufficient exercise, Miniature Bull Terriers will do fine in a city apartment setting. Like their larger cousins, they prefer warm weather.

They will make nice pets, but only for the right family. They require an experienced and assertive owner. This is a very active breed and is not suited for couch potatoes.

Some Miniature Bull Terrier breeders may interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

Despite being much smaller than the Standard Bull Terrier, the Mini Bull Terrier needs just as much exercise to stay healthy. Regular exercise will help combat weight gain, a common problem with these dogs, and keep your dog out or trouble. Remember, a tired dog is a good dog!

They can get plenty of exercise by running and playing off leash but to protect your dog from escaping or getting into fights with other dogs, never leave him off leash in an unfenced area.

At a minimum, take your pet for several walks every day.


The Miniature Bull Terrier is an average shedder and easy to groom. Brush or rubdown with a special grooming glove couple of times per week to remove dead hair.

Because Mini Bull Terriers shed more heavily during spring and fall, you may want to brush more often during those periods. Bathe or dry shampoo only when necessary.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, Miniature Bull Terriers are susceptible to complications caused by internal and external parasites such as ticks, fleas, and worms.

Additional health concerns include deafness (more common in white Bull Terriers), heart problems, skin allergies, and knee problems. Miniature Bull Terriers are prone to overeat, which not only ruins their appearance but also puts their health at risk. Monitor your dog's diet and cut back on feedings when you notice signs of overeating.

Visit dog health problems for more information about dog diseases and health.

Buy only from reputable Miniature Bull Terrier breeders to reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

Even healthy dogs get sick. While many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, there are many others that you may handle on your own. Learn how to save time and money (and how to prevent small problems become big problems) by diagnosing and treating dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for a healthy Miniature Bull Terrier puppy is between 12 and 14 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Miniature Bull Terrier rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this Bull Terrier Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.

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