AKC PuppyFinder: Miniature Bull Terrier Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Upbeat, mischievous, comical, with terrier fire and fearlessness
- Energy Level: Very Active; Cavorting, clowning, and curious, Minis are bold adventure seekers
- Good with Children: Better with Older Children
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Infrequent
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Independent
- Height: 10-14 inches
- Weight: 18-28 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 11-13 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
Like the class clown or an adorable toddler, the Miniature Bull Terrier is full of mischief and high spirits. With square bodies and egg-shaped heads, no other breed looks quite like it. These small, muscular terriers are strong, active, fearless and endlessly entertaining. As fun as he is, it's not a good idea to let your Miniature Bull Terrier puppy get away with too many high jinx. He'll be at his absolute best with early socialization and patient training; you couldn't ask for a more amusing companion.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1991
Breed History & Job Description: The Bull Terrier was created as a fighting dog in the 1830s by crossing Bulldogs with now-extinct English terriers. Soon after, breeders began work on a miniaturized version to use as above-ground ratters (as opposed to “go to ground” terriers, who burrow into the earth in search of quarry). The result of a very long trial-and-error period was the Mini. Today’s Minis are companion dogs, but the ratter instinct and a protective streak remain as souvenirs of the breed’s formative years.
Miniature Bull Terriers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like lens luxation/glaucoma, subaortic stenosis, mitral valve dysplasia, kidney failure and tail chasing (which may be a sign of neurological disorders that may/may not respond to behavioral modifications) and deafness—which is usually present from birth. Reputable, trustworthy breeders should be able to provide testing results (e.g., a yearly eye exam performed by a veterinary opthamologist; a Doppler EKG by a veterinary cardiologist) from the sire and dam to potential buyers. This will, at the very least, alert buyers to what kind of problems, if any, may be expected for their new puppy.
Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.
Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:
- BAER Testing
- Kidney-urine Analysis
- Ophthalmologist Exam
- Cardiac Exam
- PLL DNA Test
- Breed Club