Miniature Bull Terrier
The Miniature Bull Terrier is a miniaturized version of the Standard Bull Terrier which was officially recognized in 1991. It was bred using selective breeding, and was at one point becoming so small and frail that the weight limit had to be replaced with a height limit in the breed standard.
The breed generally stands at least 10 inches high, but no more than 14. It tends to weigh 20 to 35 pounds, and its weight is proportionate to its height. The breed has a very strong build like its larger counterpart with full shoulders and a muscular body. Its coat is short, glossy, and tight. It can be almost any color except blue or liver; white, white with spots, or another color are generally preferred over liver and blue. The head of the Miniature Bull Terrier is its identifying feature with its funny “egg shape”. The head is flat on top with a Roman muzzle and triangular, close-set eyes. Its ears are erect and its tail is generally horizontal.
The Miniature Bull Terrier is similar in disposition to the Standard type. It is a loving breed but may be quite stubborn on occasion. The breed requires heavy training as well as socialization early in its life in order to behave properly later on. The Miniature Bull Terrier does not seem to understand its size in comparison to animals it confronts. It is an energetic breed which needs plenty of exercise and activity in order to remain happy and avoid obesity.
Grooming the Miniature Bull Terrier is an easy process. It only needs to be quickly brushed once in a while. The skin needs to be looked-over on occasion as well as it can tend to break out in hives or have other allergic reactions.
The breed is generally healthy, but some dogs have problems with deafness (especially the white-coated ones), luxating patellas, lens luxation, and pyotraumatic dermatitis.