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The Miniature Bull Terrier

Discussion in 'Bull Terrier' started by Shon, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. Shon

    Shon Little Dog

    The history of the Miniature Bull Terrier begins in the 18th and 19th centuries. A colorful, fierce, bold and, often time, sad collection of events combined to allow for the creation of the modern day Miniature Bull Terrier. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1991. There are several trustworthy authors who have written about the Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier who have most of the same basic breed characteristics. These authors address historical accounts of origin, breeding/whelping and rearing recommendations, as well as training and events that you can enjoy with your dog.

    Gentlemen and women, alike, grew to love the Bull Terrier and the smaller Bull Terriers, now known as Miniatures, during the latter part of the 19th century in England. The dog moved away from the fighting pits and into the households and show rings of the well-to-do. The attractive qualities of fierceness and boldness were matched with the endearing qualities of a big heart and devotion to the human caregiver
    that was unabashed.

    Breed Characteristics
    The Miniature Bull Terrier is not for everyone. Like their larger counterpart, each one is unique. In fact, if a buyer is not set on a show quality dog, but on temperament, the appropriate personality matches can more easily be made between buyer and dog. It has been said “…life with a Bull Terrier is sometimes trying, often chaotic, but never dull.” We hope, at this point, you have researched this breed and know, intellectually, that this breed is for you. The dogs are active, stubborn (not stupid) and demanding of interaction. They need a firm, intelligent, consistent disciplinarian. You must train the dog from puppyhood to see you as the boss. If you are not able or desirous of working diligently to train your dog correctly (e.g., puppy classes, obedience, etc…), please, for the sake of yourself and the dog, find another breed to live with.

    Mini Bulls love their people and need companionship as well as supervision. They are not to be left alone in the yard or home, as a rule. If unsupervised, the dogs should be crated or in a kennel run. Too much time alone may contribute to neurotic, destructive behaviors.

    Two other situations requiring supervision/avoidance are children/people roughhousing and interaction with other dogs, particularly if one or both are unaltered.

    Identify your Miniature Bull Terrier with collar tags in case it is lost. AKC Companion Animal Recovery (CAR) offers a free dog tag with recovery information and a 24-hour toll-free hotline to help locate owners 7 days a week. For further protection, register your dog’s permanent tattoo or microchip with AKC CAR. Call 800-252-7894 or go to www.akccar.org for more information.

    The life span for healthy Mini Bulls is 10-12 years. The most recent health surveys identify the 5 major health problems for the breed as:

    • Lens luxation/glaucoma—which most commonly exhibits between the ages of 3-8 years
    • Heart—subaortic stenosis, mitral valve dysplasia, etc.— which exhibits clinical signs after the age of 4-5 yrs, most commonly
    • Kidney failure—which may occur at any age
    • Tail chasing —which may be a sign of neurological disorders that may/may not respond to behavioral modifications
    • Deafness—which is usually present from birth
    The latter three are less commonly occurring in the Miniature than in the Standard Bull Terrier, however there are signs of increasing numbers of affected Minis. If any of these conditions affect your dog, we strongly suggest you contact your dog’s breeder.

    Reputable, trustworthy breeders should be able to provide testing results (e.g., a yearly eye exam performed by a Veterinary Opthamologist; a Doppler EKG by a Veterinary Cardiologist) from the sire/dam to potential buyers. This will, at the very least, alert buyers to what kind of problems, if any, may be expected for their new puppy. Certainly the older the age of the sire/dam at the time of testing the more valid and predictive of the progeny’s health this will be.

    Many MBTCA members support health research for the Mini Bull through the AKC Canine Health Foundation—a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to help dogs live longer, healthier lives. For more information about health research benefiting Miniature Bull Terriers, see www. akcchf.org or call toll free 888-682-9696.

  2. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    sooo..... when's Purple getting her's???? ;)
  3. Dray

    Dray Bull Terrier Moderator

  4. susie

    susie Puppy

  5. Dray

    Dray Bull Terrier Moderator

    Hey V,
    How many Messages have you sent Susie already:lol:
    Welcome Susie,
    Someone else on here is longing for a Mini:sonn_u11:
    Dray x
  6. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    Still looking, Dray! :)
  7. Dray

    Dray Bull Terrier Moderator

    Susie should be able to offer you her vast experience with the Miniature's;)
  8. susie

    susie Puppy

    Mini's are just brilliant, small enough to sit in your lap without squishung you, they don't take up all the bed, and you can pick them up and throw them on the sofa instead of having to pin them to the floor when they are norty, oh and they don't counter surf cos they can't reach :lol:

    They are also a lot more energetic then the big ones, and great at agility and flyball :D
  9. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    I want one!! :D Sounds perfect!
  10. Dray

    Dray Bull Terrier Moderator

    :sonn_u11:Remember you have to catch one to throw one:lol:
  11. supmar85

    supmar85 Puppy

    Any pics of their minis?
  12. tperez311

    tperez311 Little Dog

    LOL!@ Counter Surfing.....I thought I was the only one that was blessed with a Bull Terrier that likes to counter surf...

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