The Miniature Bull Terrier is identical to the Bull Terrier in everything but size, with adults standing at under 35.5cm and weighing about 11-15kg. He is a muscular, powerful-looking dog, with an egg-shaped head. The short coat comes in a variety of combinations, including white, black, brindle, red, fawn and tricolour. See the breed standard for full details.
Small examples of the Bull Terrier were selectively bred from the early 1800s to produce the Miniature Bull Terrier dog breed, a dog used as a ratter as well as a companion. The larger 'Bully' proved more popular, however, and lack of interest in the smaller sized dog by the beginning of the 20th century resulted in it being removed from the Kennel Club breed register in 1918. Thankfully, dedicated breed enthusiasts continued to keep the breed alive and a club was formed in 1938.
Known for his affinity with people, the Miniature Bull Terrier is full of fun and spirit, though can be stubborn if not properly motivated. He might be smaller than his full-sized counterpart, but this bold, energetic dog doesn't know it! He is a big dog in a small body – and won't be intimidated by larger dogs if confronted. Early, thorough socialisation is especially important, therefore, as is lead training, as he loves to pull!
Deafness is the most common health problem within the breed, most frequently encountered in white Bull Terriers. Dogs can be tested for deafness from a young age. Inherited kidney problems, and heart problems can occur, and skin disorders arise relatively frequently.
About one hour's exercise per day is required, though the Mini Bull Terrier is capable of much more if you can offer it.
Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.
The short coat is harsh-textured and glossy. A softer undercoat can be present in the winter months. Coat care is minimal – just a quick brush through once a week at most. When the coat sheds, however, you might want to increase this to two or three times a week, to remove the dead coat and prevent it going on your carpet, clothing and furnishings!