Breed Information Centre

Bull Terrier (Miniature)

Description

Illustration of Bull Terrier (Miniature)

Although small Bull Terriers had been known in 19th century, the Miniature Bull Terrier was first recognised as a separate variety in 1943.

The miniaturisation was developed through the breeding together of smaller specimens of the Bull Terrier, the challenge for breeders being the difficulty in getting the head type, substance and soundness of dogs of smaller frame – preferably under 35.5 cms (14ins).

Breed Group
Terrier
Vulnerable Native Breed
Yes
Size
Small
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
Short
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Yes
Town or Country
Either
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Small/Medium
Lifespan
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Terrier Breed Group

Dogs originally bred and used for hunting vermin. 'Terrier' comes from the Latin word Terra, meaning earth. This hardy collection of dogs were selectively bred to be extremely brave and tough, and to pursue fox, badger, rat and otter (to name but a few) above and below ground. Dogs of terrier type have been known here since ancient times, and as early as the Middle Ages, these game breeds were portrayed by writers and painters.


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