Miniature Bull Terrier

Dog Breed Profile
Miniature Bull Terrier

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• High energy level
• Medium exercise needs
• Very playful
• Moderately Affectionate
• Shy towards other dogs
• Friendly around other pets
• Friendly around strangers
• Easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Moderately protective
• Low grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• Medium tolerance to cold


The Miniature Bull Terrier gets his name honestly; he’s stubborn to the end. They are a dog breed that is very devoted and attached to their families, playful and energetic but also very sweet and affectionate. They are not happy to be left alone, and they can be overly excited around young children. They may not get along well with other dogs or animals and require sufficient exercise so that they do not become destructive in the home.

The Miniature Bull Terrier require obedience training to help cope with their stubborn and mischievous nature. They have a muscular build, and very strong jaws, both of which give him his tough appearance.

  • Cannot be expected to live outdoors
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for are hearing (whites), eyes, knees
  • Grooming needs include an occasional brush
  • The miniature bull terrier is an affectionate and friendly, playful animal that is easy to train
  • Has a great relationship with family members, young and old, is very protective and makes a great watchdog
  • The average size of a male is 25 to 33lbs and 10 to 14 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 25 to 33lbs and 10 to 14 inches tall

Care & Health:

Be sure to give your Miniature Bull Terrier a good work out every day either in the form of a good walk or play time in the yard. He’s not happy unless he’s close to his family so he should be allowed to live indoors.

His coat only requires an occasional brushing.

Major Health Concerns:

– deafness (whites)

Minor Health Concerns:

– occasionally patellar luxation, lens luxation

Test for:

– hearing (whites), eyes, knees

Life Span:

– 11 to 14 years

Breed History:

Originating in the 1800s, the Miniature Bull Terrier was bred from the Old English terrier and a bulldog, and later a Spanish pointer, resulting in a breed that was ideal for bull baiting and dog fighting. Once dog fighting was outlawed, the Bull Terrier began to be recognized as a show dog, and further breeding produced an all-white dog.

Some of these toy Bull Terriers were as small as 4 pounds, but the smaller ones were not favored and soon it was the Miniatures that became more popular. In 1991 the AKC recognized the Miniature Bull Terrier dog breed, 55 years after the standard size.

  • Family history is terrier, mastiff (bull)
  • Originally from England
  • First bred in the 1800’s
  • Original purpose was ratting, dog fighting
  • Today they are used for earth dog trials