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Miniature Bull Terrier

Miniature Bull Terrier Breed


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Physical Characteristics:
Height: 10-14”
Weight: 25-33 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Miniature Bull Terrier in the following colors:

  • Black & Brindle
  • Black & Tan
  • Black Brindle & White
  • Black Tan & White
  • Brindle
  • Brindle & White
  • Fawn
  • Fawn & White
  • Red
  • Red & White
  • White
  • White & Brindle
  • White & Fawn
  • White & Red
  • White Black & Brindle
  • White Black & Tan

Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 10-14 years
The Miniature Bull Terrier is considered to be a healthy breed, but despite best efforts by breeders to eliminate all diseases, poor breeding allows medical conditions to exist. It is important that you work with a reputable Miniature Bull Terrier breeder to ensure your puppy is healthy and free from genetic and inherited conditions.

Some of the health conditions you need to keep an eye out for in your Miniature Bull Terrier include zinc deficiencies, deafness, patellar luxation, kidney failure, skin allergies, heart problems, and obesity.

A zinc deficiency will commonly show up in dogs as a skin condition. The disease has two different types of syndromes that are attached to it. The first syndrome only affects Malamutes and Huskies while the other syndrome affects puppies. Puppies need the proper amount of zinc to be able to thrive. Some physical symptoms of a deficiency include crusting on the skin and hair loss.

Deafness usually isn’t present until later on in your dog’s life, but it is possible for your pup to be born that way as well. Deafness can be complete or partial depending on the reason for it. If you think that your pup may be deaf, speak with your veterinarian to have him or her screened.

Patellar luxation is a knee dislocation, and your pup will have a hard time walking or placing pressure on the area. You may notice that your pup keeps the affected leg elevated or your pup may be lethargic and avoid activities.

Kidney failure is a serious condition that can be fatal if not treated promptly. If your pup is experiencing kidney failure, you will notice that he or she exhibits different physical symptoms. Kidney failure can be caused by medications, eating a toxin, or even tainted food.

Skin allergies are not uncommon to the Miniature Bull Terrier. Your pup may have some sensitivities to vaccines, plants, bug bites, and similar. If you think your pup is allergic to anything, it is important that you alert your vet, so that testing can be done.

Heart problems are another concern in the Miniature Bull Terrier. These conditions can range from simple to something complex such as heart disease. With proper monitoring of your pet’s health, you will be able to catch odd behavior or warning signs and alert your vet to them.

Lastly, the Miniature Bull Terrier is prone to obesity. You may need to keep your pup on a diet to ensure he or she does not overeat or eat things he or she should not. Obesity can lead to heart disease, so it is important to ensure your pup stays healthy.

The Miniature Bull Terrier has a life expectancy of 10 to 14 years.

Temperament & Train-ability

The Miniature Bull Terrier is considered to be a mischievous dog who likes to roam around and get into anything he or she can. Because of his playful nature, he is also quite comical and can make you laugh time and time again. In fact, your pup will feed on your laughter and continue to perform acts until you no longer find it funny.

This breed is always happy, so it is unlikely that you will have a sad dog on your hands. You will find your pup is very attached to you and will remain by your side, even if you simply walk into another room.

The Miniature Bull Terrier makes a good choice for any family. The breed is good with children, but may be too off the wall and rambunctious for young children. You should supervise them when they are together. Your new pup is likely to get along with other animals, but may try to be alpha. Unneutered males are often aggressive with other males.

Your Miniature Bull Terrier makes an excellent watchdog and will alert you to anyone who approaches the home. He or she is wary of strangers, so a proper introduction is needed.

You will find your new pup is easy to train and listens well to your commands. You do not have to spend a lot of time on one trick as your pup will learn quickly.

Exercise is a daily requirement. This pup is okay to live in an apartment if he or she receives enough walks and mental/physical stimulation each day.


The Miniature Bull Terrier is easy to groom and does not require a lot of effort. You will need to brush your pup every other day or every day when you can. This will remove any loose hairs and help you bond with your pup.

You will notice that your pup does not shed a lot during the year, but he or she does have a large shed twice per year, so be prepared for a bit of pickup duty during those times.

You should bathe your pup only when it is needed, but you need to clean your puppy’s ears once a week to ensure they are not dirty or prone to infection. Also, trim your puppy’s nails once per month, so they do not grow too long.


Your Miniature Bull Terrier will consume anywhere between 1.5 cups to 2 cups of dry food per day. You want to make sure you choose a high-quality brand for this pup. Since this breed is prone to obesity, it is not a good idea to feed him or her wet food.

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A Miniature Bull Terrier puppy will cost you about $1,600. This price may go up or down depending on who you work with and the demand for the puppy at the time. It is important to remember that all puppies cost more than the initial price. You need to factor in vet care, food, and supplies you will need.

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Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Miniature Bull Terrier makes a good choice for any family. This breed is good with kids and will get along with other pets in the home. It is important to socialize your pup to ensure the best behavior. This breed is easy to groom and trains with little effort. This breed ranks a 2.


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