Bull Terrier - Miniature
Colour: White, black, brindle, red, fawn and tricolour
Lifespan: 11 to 13 years
The Miniature Bull Terrier is a courageous, feisty, tenacious, playful, obsessive and obstinate breed of dog.
Miniature versions of the English Bull Terrier, these dogs also have exuberance and the same determination. With their high pain threshold and hard bite, they play roughly and careful training and socialization is needed to prevent this becoming a problem. They are usually friendly with people, but early socialization is needed to ensure they remain tolerant of other dogs.
Originally bred for dog-fighting, hunting, and killing rats.
This dog is tenacious and courageous, with a strong bite.
Medium. Expect explosive bursts of energy.
Owners: affectionate, devoted, independent
Children: good if raised with them
Other pets: may kill small pets, may injure cats unless raised with them
Strangers: good if well socialized
Unfamiliar dogs: can be problematic. Adequate early socialization is required
Experienced, active owner who has time and energy to play, train and exercise these determined dogs.
Tendency to be aggressive to other dogs unless well socialized. Dogs from some lines may display tail-chasing and other repetitive movement disorders. Lack of exercise may lead to destructive problems.
White dogs will need protection in high ultraviolet conditions to avoid sunburn on exposed pink areas of skin.
- Why we love Bull Terriers and common misconceptions
- Bull Terriers hit the headlines too frequently, often after a reported savage attack on a child, but these stories skew the truth. News is only news when it is unusual, of the 'man bites dog' variety. For the vast majority of Bull Terriers in this country More »
- Q: My terrier has a red rash on her underbelly, can you suggest something to soothe it?
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