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Adopt a miniature bull terrier
Very much like the larger bull terrier, the mini is comical, lively, playful and mischievous. Despite her smaller size, she is not a lap dog. She is every bit as tough as the larger version and apt to want to prove herself even more. She is a sweet clown, devoted but not fawning. She is stubborn and independent and needs to be trained with a firm yet gentle hand. and a good sense of humor. She likes to play and investigate. She likes to dig, and needs ample exercise.
The mini's exercise needs are daily, but not excessive. She needs either a moderate walk or a romp in a safe area. This is not a breed that should live outdoors, but she does do well with access to a yard. She can, however, do well as an apartment or city dog. Coat care is minimal.
Major concerns: deafness (whites)
Minor concerns: none
Occasionally seen: patellar luxation, lens luxation
Suggested tests: hearing (whites), (eye), (knee)
Life span: 11-14 years
The miniature bull terrier comes directly from the bull terrier and so shares the breed's early history. In the early days of the bull terrier, the standards allowed for a great range of weights, reflecting the great range in size of the bull terrier's ancestors: the bulldog, white English terrier, and black and tan terrier. Smaller bull terriers have long been a part of the breed, with specimens weighing as little as 4 pounds being recorded early on. These smallest white bull terriers were at one time called Coverwood terriers, after the kennel that produced them. These tiny toys tended to have poor type and interest waned in them. Better type was found in slightly larger specimens, the miniatures rather than toys. By 1939, the miniature bull terrier was recognized by the English Kennel Club, yet this recognition as a separate breed proved to be a problem. As a separate breed, the miniature could no longer be interbred with standard-sized bull terriers, and there were so few miniatures that considerable inbreeding resulted. The breed never gained popular attention and grew only slowly. In 1991 she was recognized by the AKC. Still an uncommon breed, she is bound to increase in popularity as a true miniature version of the popular bull terrier.
Copyright © 1998, 2005 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc. based on
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DOG BREEDS by D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D.
Some animal welfare organizations with Miniature Bull Terriers ready for adoption: