Miniature Bull Terriers have small, sturdy and muscular frames covered in thin, shiny and coarse coats that come almost any color—with or without white patches. Their long, oval-shaped heads are unique: flat-topped and sloping down to their black noses. They have dark, small, sunken eyes that are narrowly set. Their ears are thin, open and erect. They have muscular necks that slope down to relatively deep chests. Their short, tapered tails usually stick straight out. Overall, they carry themselves with a proud and spunky determination.
Miniature Bull Terriers are sweet, dependable, gentle and downright silly at times—just like the larger models. They have a good-natured tirelessness with kids, and they love to goof around and make people laugh. It’s truly endearing how vivacious and courageous these little guys can be. With the proper love and training, Miniature Bull Terriers can be endlessly fun and engaging.
These pups are devoted to their families, and their protectiveness is second to none: They can sense a threat a mile away. But they still have a gentle and mannerly way with visitors. When trained, they can easily tell the difference between friend and foe.
Miniature Bull Terriers should not be left alone for long periods of time. A neglected Miniature Bullie could become destructive around the home, chewing things or making messes. They need lots of one-on-one attention, love, positive feedback and family time.
They can easily adjust to apartment life as long as they get a nice daily walk. Remember to always keep your Bullie on a leash, because they love to chase after little critters.
A healthy Miniature Bull Terrier can live as long as 12 years. Common health issues include heart defects and eye problems. They also tend to gain weight if overfed. Instead of big meals, try to serve small portions throughout the day.
In the 19th century, English breeders combined Bulldogs and Terriers to create several popular breeds, one being the Bull Terrier. “Bullies” proved to be superb ratters, herders and guard dogs with a unique look that made them popular in the dog show circuit. Bred from a selective group of smaller Bull Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers delivered all the great qualities of the regular version in a smaller package.