The Miniature Bull Terrier was a result of a cross breed between the English Bull Dog and White English Terrier in the 17th century. During this period bulldog combat was a popular sport and people wanted to create a more tactful dog. This project was not a success. The white bull terrier was particularly kept by nobles while the colored variety was a result of a cross breed. The Bull Terriers were mainly kept for hunting, herding and guarding the homestead. The Miniature Bull Terrier was created with same qualities as the Bull Terrier but comes in small package.
It is smaller than its cousin the Bull Terrier though generally maintains similar features. It is well built with a stout appearance. They have a wide chest that is supported by two short front legs. Their face is oval, and eyes are narrowed. Their ears stand erect at the top of their head, and the face seems to be long with a black tipped nose. They stand at about 10 – 14 inches tall and weigh at a range of 20 – 30 pound. They have a square frame with a fat neck and a short tail that hangs horizontal to its body.
The Miniature Bull Terrier is a very outgoing dog that shies away from nothing. It is very friendly and enjoys the company of people a lot. It is very loyal and committed to its owner and it is not recommended to leave the dog alone in the house for long hours. Its free spirited nature demands that the owner be firm and consistent in showing leadership to the dog. This is important so that it does not get overboard in expressing its character. Regular exercise is mandatory for the dog as this helps it to channel its energy on something constructive.
They are very intelligent and creative hence will require consistent supervision so as not to get into any trouble. It is important to note that they will eat anything they find, so it is important to ensure that you put poisonous substances away. They do well in an apartment but will be good for them to have a compound to run around. They prefer warm climate conditions for their comfort.
This particular breed of dog is generally healthy though they are prone to some diseases such as: Heart condition, kidney problems, deafness, knee dislocation and skin disease. They are prone to grow overweight easily hence regular exercise is important
They should be fed on a routine basis as opposed to an irregular feeding program. Feed them on a balanced high quality diet twice a day. The amount of food depends on its size and level of activeness.
Coat color and grooming
Their coat is short and shiny with a hard feel. They come mainly in two color versions: the first being pure white without any other marking and the other is a variety of colors with or without white markings. The coat should be brushed weekly except during their shedding season. Also, ensure to check up on their dental and nail hygiene.
With family and other pets
They are very playful and fun dogs to be with. It is not recommended to keep in a family with a small baby as the dog may overpower the child while playing. They are generally aggressive to other dogs of same-sex especially when unneutered.