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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).

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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