Miniature Bull Terrier – Is This Your Perfect Little Puppy?
The term “miniature” bull terriers are used to refer to any small dog with a length between 8 inches (20 cm) and 20 inches (50 cm). They are usually smaller than the larger English bulldog or Great Dane. These dogs have been bred from purebreds such as the American Staffordshire terrier, Boston terrier, Pomeranian, Mastiff, and other similar breeds.
There are two types of miniature bull terriers: the toy breed and the show breed. Toy breeds tend to be very friendly, affectionate, playful, loyal and loving.
They make great companions for children. Show breeds tend to be more dominant and aggressive than their toy counterparts. They are generally not good guard dogs due to their size but they do well in obedience competitions.
In general, the toy breeds are considered to be less trainable than the show breeds. However, there are some exceptions.
Some toy breeders will train their miniature bull terriers for obedience competitions.
Most toy bull terriers come from pet shops or backyard breeders and most show breed dogs come from stud books. Toy breed puppies cost anywhere between $100-$300 while show puppies cost around $1,000-$2,500.
There are some health concerns with miniature bull terriers. The dogs can suffer from a collapsed trachea, eye problems, and sometimes seizures.
Some owners have also claimed that their dogs have suffered from hip dysplasia.
Miniature bull terriers should have a muscular body and a square-shaped head. Their coats should bee glossy and smooth.
They should look like a smaller version of the traditional bull terrier. They should not be too heavy or too light. Their fur should not be too thin either.
Miniature bull terriers are very friendly, playful, affectionate and loyal dogs. They get along well with children and other pets if they are brought up with them.
Generally, they are not aggressive towards people or other animals; however, improper training can result in aggression. Miniature bull terriers need to be trained from a young age. These dogs are not suitable for first-time owners.
Miniature bull terriers have a life span of between 12 and 15 years. They can suffer from a number of health problems including eye problems, seizures and hip dysplasia.
Miniature bull terriers do not require large amounts of exercise, however, they should be taken on a daily walk. They are relatively inactive indoors and will be happy with a short walk around the block.
These dogs should be washed and brushed once a week to keep their coats clean and free of tangles. They shed hair constantly and this should be vacuumed away or brushed off regularly.
Miniature bull terrier puppies need to be fed a lot of food to ensure that they grow big and strong. If an adult miniature bull terrier is placed on a strict diet it can result in health problems and unfortunately these dogs are prone to weight gain.
It is important that owners make sure that these dogs are not overfed as this can lead to health problems such as diabetes.
Miniature Bull Terrier History
The Miniature Bull Terrier is a fairly new breed. It was developed in the 1960’s in England by breeding the traditional English Bulldog and the English White Terrier.
Breeders wanted to create a smaller version of the traditional Bulldog for smaller families or people who lived in apartments. They were first shown in 1969 and their fanciability grew from there. In 1980 they were recognized by the American Kennel Club.
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