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Miniature Bull Terrier

Miniature Bull Terrier

Miniature Bull Terrier Characteristics: The warmhearted and lively Miniature Bull Terrier is a breed of small dog classified as a member of the Terrier Dog Group (AKC:1991).

The Miniature Bull Terrier, is characterized by its powerful but diminutive appearance with a long, strong, egg-shaped head and determined expression.

Other characteristics include black or dark brown, narrow, triangular-shaped, slanting eyes; small, close set erect ears; a well rounded, muscular body and a jaunty gait. The temperament of the Miniature Bull Terrier can be described as Energetic, Courageous, Loving.

The coat type of the Miniature Bull Terrier is described as short, coarse coat in assorted colors.  Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Miniature Bull Terrier demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog and Hunting Dog and is known by its nick name the "Gladiator". The origin of the Miniature Bull Terrier dog breed was in United Kingdom where it was developed in the 1800's.

Miniature Bull Terrier Breed Group and Dog Type - Terrier Dog Group (AKC:1991): The Miniature Bull Terrier is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Terrier Dog Group (AKC:1991).

Other names for the Miniature Bull Terrier: The Miniature Bull Terrier is known by the nickname of the "Gladiator". Other names for this breed of dog include the Mini Bull Terrier, Bully and English Miniature Bull Terrier.

Origin of the name: The word 'Bull' is derived from its larger ancestors use as a 'bull baiter'. Bull baiting was a contest in which trained bulldogs attacked tethered bulls, a popular sporting event in England. (Bull baiting continued until it was eventually banned in 1835). Any dogs with the word 'Bull' in its name were originally used in Bull baiting. The origin of the word 'terrier' is derived from the Latin word 'terra' meaning "earth" as so many of the terrier breeds were originally bred and trained as hunting dogs to pursue small game, such as rats, mice and squirrels. These tenacious dogs were also used to hunt hogs in America.

Miniature Bull Terrier History and Origin: The country of origin of the Miniature Bull Terrier breed was in United Kingdom during the 1800's. The dog was bred as a fighting dog and a hunter. The Miniature Bull Terrier originated in England around 1850 as a miniature version of the Bull Terrier. The Miniature Bull Terrier was an ideal size to work as a ratter, controlling the numbers of vermin that infesting the building and waterways of England.

The Miniature Bull Terrier was also known to be used in the blood sport called Rat-baiting (refer to the history of the Rat Terrier). As time passed Rat-baiting was banned and the Miniature Bull Terrier returned to his role of an excellent ratter and small hunting dog. The Miniature Bull Terrier was exported to the United States by British immigrants eager to prosper from the employment opportunities offered by Industrialization.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Richard Hamilton Glyn (1907 1980) was a British army officer and an authority on breeding pedigree dogs. In 1937 he published "Bull Terriers and How to Breed Them". Sir Richard Glyn went on to found the English Miniature Bull Terrier Club in 1938, and in 1939 the English Kennel Club recognized the Miniature Bull Terrier as a unique breed.

The most famous Miniature Bull Terrier was "Willie" the loyal and faithful dog of America's war commander General George S. Patton (1885 - 1945).  Although intensively disliking the sound of gunfire Willie valiantly rode at Patton's side through some of the worst battles in WW2.

Miniature Bull Terrier Modern History: The Miniature Bull Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1991. In more recent times a Bull Terrier called  "Chico" won the hearts of the nation as the pet dog of Craig, played by Ice Cube in the movies Next Friday (2000) and Friday After Next (2002).  

Miniature Bull Terrier Height: The Miniature Bull Terrier breed is classified as a small sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 10 - 14 inches (25 - 33 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is slightly less.

Miniature Bull Terrier Weight: The weight of this small sized, miniature dog, in a male dog is 24 - 33 pounds (11 - 15 kg). The weight of the smaller, miniature female dog is slightly less than the male.

Miniature Bull Terrier Coat Type - LOW shedding coat: The coat type of this miniature dog is described as a short, coarse coat.

Miniature Bull Terrier Coat Colors: The colors of this miniature dog breed consist of assorted colors consisting of the White Bull Terrier which is either all white or may have small patches of color, and the Colored Bull Terrier which is predominantly Red, Brindle, Black & Tan or Black Brindle. N.B. Brindle is a brownish or tawny color. The term "Red" refers to reddish shades of orange, brown, and tan colors.

Miniature Bull Terrier Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the Miniature Bull Terrier are categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The limited dog grooming needs of the Miniature Bull Terrier are therefore considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming with casual brushing and combing. Dog Grooming needs should also include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the eyes, ears, nails and teeth.

Miniature Bull Terrier Litter Size: The litter size of this miniature dog breed ranges from 1-9 puppies (Average 4). Miniature Bull Terrier puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Miniature Bull Terrier puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Miniature Bull Terrier Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular, miniature dog breed is described as Warmhearted, Energetic, Courageous, Loving and Lively.

Miniature Bull Terrier Exercise Requirements - LOW Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is low. The Miniature Bull Terrier requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately 30 minutes ato one hour every day.. This small dog has a jaunty, determined gait with small strides and only requires a fairly slow speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. Remember that it would take a lot of extra steps by your dog to keep up with your normal walking pace.

Miniature Bull Terrier Diet: A fully grown Miniature Bull Terrier should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Miniature Bull Terrier Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Miniature Bull Terrier breed include Lens Luxation, Deafness. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Miniature Bull Terrier dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: Yes (Refer to Hypoallergenic Dogs).

Miniature Bull Terrier Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Miniature Bull Terrier breed is 10-12 years.

Miniature Bull Terrier Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, miniature size, coloring and country of origin of the Miniature Bull Terrier breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Miniature Bull Terrier names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Rascal *** Little Boy *** Bonbon *** Poco *** Gus *** Dash *** Button *** Bullseye *** Foxy *** Bugsy.

Miniature Bull Terrier Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Miniature Bull Terrier names are Tootsie *** Abby *** Queenie *** Rosy *** Pixie *** Cutie *** Sandy *** Sassy *** Sheba *** Maggie *** Shelby.

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