10 Fun Facts About Miniature Bull Terriers

The Miniature Bull Terrier is identical to the bull terrier except for the smaller size. The Miniature Bull Terriers are easy to spot with their unique egg-shaped head and dark-colored, rectangular-shaped eyes. Their oval-shaped head is due to their elongated snot.

The breed comes in a range of colors including white, black, and tan, tricolor, fawn, black, and red. This breed also has distinct, erect ears that begin to stand on the dog as soon as five weeks or late as six months of age.

The Miniature Bull Terrier has an average height of 10-14 inches, they are usually no smaller than ten inches. The breed usually weighs 25 to 30 pounds and has a very muscular build. They typically have a life span of 11 to 14 years.


The miniature bull terrier breed is thought to date back to a 19th-century breeder James Hinks. The breed was developed from the now extinct English White terrier and what was then the bulldog.

It is believed Hinks created this breed by crossing an Old English bulldog, English White Terrier, Dalmatian, and English greyhound.

In 1939, the Kennel Club of Great Britain first accepted the Mini Bull Terrier as a breed but the breed wasn’t officially recognized by the American Kennel Club until 1991. It is ranked 130th among dog breeds.

The eyes have it

The Miniature Bull Terrier is a small version of the bull terrier. These dogs have dark-colored, rectangular eyes. They are the only breed that is registered to have triangle-shaped eyes.

They love physical activities

Miniature Bull Terriers are one of the most active small breed dogs because of this they need regular physical activity. The Miniature Bull Terrier requires daily exercise and enjoys walking, jogging, running, and large open outdoor spaces.

They must be carefully exercised and portion-controlled to avoid becoming overweight.


This is an energetic and curious dog reed. They are alert and protective and always looking for something to do. In addition to physical activity, this breed needs ongoing brain stimulation.

They should be challenged with new tricks, puzzle toys, or general brain stimulation.

They enjoy digging, barking, and investigating the world around them.

If you have this breed let your dog sniff and explore during walks. You can also build an obstacle course for your dog that will incorporate physical and brain stimulation to keep them active.

Puppy love

Miniature Bull Terriers typically birth one to five puppies at a time but have been known to breed up to nine pups at a time.

Stubborn breed

This is a loving breed that at times can be stubborn. It is recommended to keep this breed on a leash if you are taking it for walks or outings.

They can be trained to be well behaved but the breed may become confrontational if approached or threatened by another dog or human.

Proper training

This breed is highly intelligent, energetic, and easy to train however they can easily become bored. Keep training sessions shorter in length so that they don’t get distracted. Consider short time training sessions at multiple times throughout the day instead of long training sessions.

If you have a Miniature Bull Terrier you should start training the dog early when they are a young puppy. As the breed grows they become more difficult to train.

Because of their protective nature, it is important that boundaries and expectations are set early on for this breed.

The breed does better with dogs of the opposite sex but can be aggressive with dogs of the same gender. If you have another breed of dog in your home the Miniature Bull Terrier may not be a good match for your household.

The Miniature Bull Terrier does well with older children or teens and they may be a bit overwhelming if you have young children.

Proper vet care and health

As with any breed of dog, it is important to have them regularly seen by a vet. This breed is prone to heart problems, skin issues, deafness, eye issues, and polycystic kidney disease. Regular check-ups and screenings are important to keep your dog in the best health.

Heart problems: The breed is susceptible to heart issues. They are at risk for problems including aortic valve stenosis and mitral valve dysplasia.

Hearing: These puppies are sometimes born with unilaterally deaf (deaf in one ear) or bilaterally deaf (deaf in both ears).

Dogs should be given a brain stem auditory evoked response (BAER) hearing test when they are young to determine if they can hear. The test can determine whether the dog can hear but not the quality of the hearing.

Kidneys: Polycystic kidney disease is a progressive and irreversible kidney disease that often results in renal failure. This kidney condition is common in this breed of dogs.

Eye issues: This breed is also susceptible to primary lens luxation which is an eye condition that affects young dogs.

Leg issues: Patellar luxation is a common condition in all small dogs including miniature bull terriers. This condition occurs when either kneecap becomes dislocated. The condition can cause a lot of tenderness and pain in the dog especially when walking.

Obesity: Obesity can lead to the dog to have other issues such as joint, heart, and general pain. It is important to have a healthy diet and exercise this breed.


Miniature Bull Terriers have a short, fine, smooth coat so they require minimal grooming but they do shed. These dogs should be brushed once a week and bathed occasionally to minimize shedding.

Famous miniature bull terriers

There are a few famous miniature bull terriers. Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, had a bull terrier as a pet. Bullseye (formerly known as Spot) is the famous Miniature Bull Terrier representing the Target brand.

The white dog with a red-ringed eye has been featured in many store advertising campaigns.

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