Bull Terrier Info
Bull Terrier (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
The compact version of the Bull Terrier, this
Miniature offers all of the fire and fearlessness
of his bigger brother in a more manageable, portable
package. A happy, friendly dog that thrives in
an active family where he serves as an affectionate
companion and courageous watchdog. Smaller than
the Standard Bull Terrier, the Miniature Bull
Terrier is stronger--pound for pound--a true mighty
Also called the "Mini
Simply stated the Miniature Bull Terrier is a downsized
version of the Standard Bull Terrier. He has a sturdy
and square constitution and large, egg-shaped head.
His eyes are quite unique - small, triangular-shaped,
dark and piercing. The ears are small, pricked and high
set. The chest is deep, the abdominal tuck moderate
and the tail is set-low, tapering and curved. The limbs
are straight and muscular with heavy bones.
The Miniature Boston Terrier has short, flat, hard and
glossy coat. When it comes to coat colors, there are
2 varieties - white and colored. The white variety can
have markings only on the head, while the colored variety
may be red, fawn, brindle, black-brindle, white or tricolored.
Despite its size, the Miniature Bull Terrier is strong,
courageous, devoted and tenacious. he is very protective
of his owner and if faced with opponents quite fiery
and fierce. At home, he is playful, lively and comical.
He likes being the center of attention and will do anything
to entertain you.
Because of his hilarious nature and sense of humor,
the Miniature Bull Terrier finds humor in everything,
including training. Therefore, as long as the training
sessions are turned into entertaining games, training
will be easy. To satisfy its inquisitive and mischievous
nature and prevent boredom vices, the Miniature Bull
Terrier needs regular mind and body exercises.
The Miniature Bull Terrier is generally friendly, but
requires early and extensive socialization, especially
if you need him to get along well with children and
In the late 1800s, the Bull and Terrier breed was associated
with questionable class of people. To improve its reputations,
fanciers of the breed, started selecting for appearance
and crossing the Bull and Terrier with Dalmatians and
the now extinct White English Terrier. Later on, crosses
with Staffordshire Terriers were introduced.
Although the Miniature Bull Terrier was not specifically
bred for fighting, he still retains much of his feisty,
courageous ancestry and guarding instincts.
Today, the Miniature Bull Terrier is loved and affectionate
companion, as well as prized guardian dog.
Health & Happiness
The ideal height at withers for both females and males
is 10-14" (24.5-35.5cm) and the ideal weight for both
females and males is 24-33lb (11-15kg).
FOOD/DIET: The best feeding option for a Miniature
Bull Terrier is high-quality, dry dog food. His food
intake must be carefully supervised, because he has
an overeating tendency. If he becomes overweight the
risk of developing obesity associated issues increases.
HEALTH ISSUES: The Miniature Bull Terrier is
a relatively healthy breed. However, just like any other
breed it can be prone to developing certain health problems.
The most common issues include cardiovascular conditions
(left ventricular outflow tract obstruction), musculoskeletal
conditions (hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, patella
luxation), neurological conditions (congenital unilateral
or bilateral deafness), eye conditions (persistent papillary
membranes, primary lens luxation, corneal dystrophy,
cataracts, vitreous degeneration), urinary conditions
(hereditary nephritis) and endocrine conditions (hypothyroidism).
The Miniature Bull Terrier often manifests behavioral
compulsive disorders like spinning and tail chasing.
LIFE EXPECTANCY: 12-13 years
FUN FACTS: The
Miniature Bull Terrie has a fascinating appearance that
infatuated many celebrities. Therefore many celebrities
like Kirk Hammett, Lily Allen, Jane Birkin, Taylor Swift,
Marc Jacobs, Eric Clapton and Princess Anne, own a Miniature
The Miniature Bull Terrier
The Miniature Bull Terrier is one of
my favorite breeds of dogs primarily because they're
very easy to care for while also having the personality
traits that are perfect for both families/children.
Miniature Bull Terriers are loving, kind and loyal and
are considered to be an excellent choice of breed if
you want a companion by your side.
From personal experience, Miniature Bull Terriers absolutely
love to participate in social events (bring around a
lot of people), car rides and simple walks thru the
neighborhood; the perfect all-around breed!
One unique personality trait of the Miniature Bull Terrier
is there "sporadic" burst of energy which is so prominent
in this breed that it has been dubbed the "Bully Run".
This, as I'm sure you're wondering, is when these Terriers
(for whatever reason) decided to dash/run thru the yard
or even the house although the Miniature Bull Terrier
that I owned years ago slowly phased out of this act
as he aged/matured. .
Another trait of this breed that's worth mentioning
is that while they're quite friendly with guests (strangers)
they have an incredible instinct and do a great job
of being a watchdog when need be. .
I kind you not, there were times that my Terrier would
start barking upstairs in my room and 10 seconds later
someone was knocking at the door or ringing the door
bell (definitely a smart breed).
Miniature Bull Terrier Physical
Just as with most other breeds of dogs,
the Miniature Bull Terrier requires quite a bit of exercise
and if you have the time to provide the Terrier with
at least 20-30 minutes per day of physical activity
then this would be sufficient enough for him/her to
burn off the energy that they need to. .
Of course, as aging takes place, physical activity durations
will slowly decrease and you'll be able to judge this
based on the tiredness of your Miniature Bull Terrier.
I use to take me Terrier to the dog park twice per week
and I always kept a bowl of water by the bench I sat
on and I always knew when he was done for the day as
he'd leave the field, come to drink some water and then
lie down. .
One trait of the Miniature Bull Terrier that is common
among them all is that when they're not getting the
exercise that they need they do become quite destructive
in the sense that they'll start biting furniture/objects
in your home or will dig up your flower garden that
you've worked so hard on. .
So, be sure that your Terrier is getting an adequate
amount of exercise on a daily/weekly basis. .
Training your Miniature Bull Terrier
you want to train your Bullie it's highly recommended
that you start the training at a "young" age or if you
are buying/adopting a Miniature Bull Terrier that's
not a puppy check with the owner to see if training
for the Terrier has taken place. .
Training a matured Terrier that has no previous training
is incredibly difficult and will be near impossible
(even if you contract an experienced trainer to intervene).
As the old adage says, you can't teach an old dog new
tricks and this is very true as when Terriers age they
will become a bit more stubborn and as a result will
not respond well to training. .
One thing to keep in mind that many don't take in to
consideration while training their Bullie is that this
particular breed doesn't respond well to disciplinary
actions or harsh tones. I'm not going to lie, training
a Bullie is a lot of work and does require an immense
amount of patience and understanding but being patient
and "calmly" speaking to the Terrier will greatly increase
the likelihood of the Terrier responding to these new
How to respond to your Terrier’s unwanted
One thing I noticed about this breed
(and a lot of other owners had this problem come to
find out) is that even if your Terrier was trained as
a puppy, as they age, here and there, they'll begin
to fall out of line by not doing what they were trained
to do. .
A close friend of mine who just happens to own a Miniature
Bull Terrier made a comparison between her Bullie and
her 16 year old daughter as the Bullie (just as with
her daughter) will push boundaries to see what he can
get away with and knowing how to respond to the Terrier
acting up will help to ensure that your Terrier doesn't
act-up again. .
Here's a personal experience from a time that my Miniature
Bull Terrier (who was 7 years old at the time) decided
to make a bowel movement on my carpet at home... .
Perhaps being the best advice in this article is the
fact that before you assume ownership of a Terrier you
need to understand up-front that your patience "will
be" tested and knowing how to react to the unwanted
actions of your Terrier is just as important as making
sure your Terrier is being fed (well, almost as important).
So, how did I deal with my Terrier going to the bathroom
inside my home? .
First off, when I walked in to my front door my Terrier
was huddled in the corner (looking afraid) with the
expression that said "Yes I did something wrong" and
I automatically knew what this meant (by the aroma in
the house and his expression). You see, Terriers tend
to only act up once they're older so when they do something
wrong, they're mature enough to know they did something
wrong so if you respond in the right way the first time
they usually won't do whatever it is that they did again.
What I did to let my Terrier know that this was wrong
was I put the leash and collar on her and escorted her
to where she went to the bathroom. Once at the spot,
I gently pushed his head down to the point that his
nose was about a half foot above the ground and "calmly"
said "no, no, no". Would you like to take a guess at
what happened after this? For the 6 years that he lived
after this took place he never did this again! .
Most people would make the mistake of raising their
tone with the Terrier which is a big mistake as they're
much more responsive to being spoken to in a soft tone.
While this article was supposed to mainly cover only
the characteristics of the Miniature Bull Terriers and
ownership suggestions I really wanted to go in to the
details of ownership as many online resources don't
offer this kind of first-hand advice and I felt that
anyone looking to adopt/buy a Terrier should really
understand how to treat/talk to their Terrier as it'll
make both yours and the life of the Terrier much easier.
your Bullie to be Friendly with Others
One characteristic of your Bullie that you can control
without training/guidance is their friendliness with
others. For example, if you have a family, are planning
on having a family or tend to participate in a lot of
family/social events you'll want to make sure you adopt
a Miniature Bull Terrier as a puppy. .
This is because as a puppy, if they're actively participating
in events or are taking part in situations where a lot
of people are present then as they age they will tend
to be quite friendly with nearly any person that they
happen to meet (stranger or non-stranger). .
However, let's say you adopt a Bullie that's 1-2 years
of age (or older) and this particular Bullie has been
sheltered or kept away from a lot of people by its owner/breeder
then involving the Terrier in social events (including
dog parks) could "possibly" be a challenge as when they're
not apt to being around others they can become aggressive
with others (and I'm referring to both people and dogs).
I, personally, highly suggest and recommend that if
you don't yet have a Miniature Bull Terrier that you
only adopt a Bullie that's a puppy so you can begin
to train him/her to be around others and what's great
about this is as I mentioned no training is required...
Simply involve your Bullie in events where others are
around and your Terrier will grow up with a very friendly
The flip side to this is that if you want this particular
breed as a "watchdog" or a dog that's more on the protective
side then simply take your Terrier on walks for exercise
and don't take the Bullie to socialize. .
How you raise your Bullie will truly determine their
personality as they get a little bit older so just keep
this in mind when you have a Miniature Bull Terrier
puppy. There's nothing wrong with having a Miniature
Bull Terrier that's more on the protective side whatsoever
as they're a great breed for this but they can also
have a very friendly and bubbly personality if you choose
to allow them to have those traits.
Bull Terrier Behavioral Traits
I touched a bit on their behavior previously
in this article but wanted to touch base on a couple
of other points as there are some things that you need
to be aware of (especially if you travel for work/business
or are away from home frequently for any reason). .
First off (this is my opinion), Bullies I believe suffer
from separation anxiety more so then any other breed
and I learned this extremely quick when I decided to
leave Lily (my Terrier) at a "Doggy Hotel" for 4 nights
while I traveled out of town for work.
When I returned to pick her up (keep in mind she had
a very laid back personality) I learned from the dog
caretaker at the hotel that she was barely eating, behaved
aggressively with other dogs that were there and was
constantly growling and learning of her behavior sparked
my interest to learn why she was acting this way. .
After this took place, I did my research and I learned
from both online resources and Bullie owners that the
Miniature Bull Terrier is extremely "possessive" of
their owner(s) and they're extremely territorial. .
The reason I'm bringing this up is because if you're
an individual that tends to travel a lot or are away
from the Bullie for frequent and extended periods of
time then this wouldn't be a good breed of dog to take
ownership of. This breed becomes "very attached" to
their owner(s) and when they're away from their superior
for both frequent and extended periods of time their
personality tends to change quite a bit.
I noticed an incredible difference in Lily's behavior
for the entire first week that I brought her back home
and to this day I believe it's because she was upset
with me for leaving her for that period of time. .
With that said, only put the Miniature Bull Terrier
on your list of possible breeds if you're going to be
home on a daily basis to give them the attention and
company that they want/require.