The Miniature Bull Terrier is a breed originally bred as a fighting dog, and is characterized by its egg-shaped head without nasal-frontal depression. In addition, they are noted for their courage, affection and cheerfulness.
The breed has a medium size and well developed musculature. The weight ranges between 8 and 13 kilograms, while the height varies between 25 and 36 centimeters. Its life expectancy is 11 to 13 years. It belongs to Group 3 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which groups Terriers.
Breed history in brief
The Miniature Bull Terrier breed originated in England, where it was created by crossing Bulldogs with extinct English Terriers for use in dog fighting. Later, breeders began working on a miniature version for use as rodent hunters above ground, and in 1850, thanks to the work of James Hinks, the first standard was established. During World War I they gained popularity, and were later recognized again in 1938, thanks to the efforts of Colonel Richard Glyn and a group of enthusiasts who founded the Miniature Bull Terrier Club.
Today, Miniature Bull Terriers are appreciated as companion dogs, although they retain the hunting and protective instinct inherited from their years of development as a breed.
The Miniature Bull Terrier is characterized by an egg-shaped head, without a nasal-frontal depression. Its eyes are narrow and triangular, black or dark brown with a bright look. The ears are small, thin and close together. Its tail is short, carried horizontally and tapers as it reaches the tip.
The coat is short, compact and rough in texture. In winter they may develop a soft undercoat. The coat coloration can be pure white, brindle, black, red, fawn or tricolor.
The Miniature Bull Terrier is characterized by being a courageous, affectionate and playful dog, which makes it a charming companion. Despite its stubborn character, it is a balanced and obedient dog. Its friendly nature makes it get along well with people of all ages, including children. They are loyal and devoted dogs towards their family, showing affection and joy in their interactions. However, it is important to provide them with early and consistent education to properly channel their energy and ensure proper behavior.
Common health problems
The Miniature Bull Terrier, with optimal care and attention, can live a long healthy life, although it is predisposed to certain health problems. Among the most common diseases or disorders are lens luxation and persistent pupillary membrane.
In addition to the aforementioned conditions, the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) recommends a cardiac, eye and hearing screening examination, as well as a test to assess kidney disease.
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