Miniature Bull Terrier
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What He's Like:
The Miniature Bull Terrier is a strong-willed, playful, fun, and rough-and-tumble dog. He is a high-energy, loving companion who becomes very attached to his owner and who wants to be actively involved in your life. He needs lots of one-on-one attention, and shouldn't be left alone for long periods of time. If left alone for too long, he may resort to destructive digging--or to chewing on your furniture! He can be sweet and gentle as well as clownish and silly, and he loves to play games and chew on his toys. He loves people and is friendly and polite to visitors. He makes an excellent watchdog because he is so loyal, dependable and fearless, and because he can quickly sense the difference between a friend and danger. He has a strong, confident, and protective personality. He is also quite independent, and can be stubborn and even bossy at times. He is difficult to train and needs firm, consistent training as a puppy so that he can learn to obey you. He often doesn't get along with other dogs and pets, and can be very aggressive and challenging toward them. He has no fear of larger dogs, and needs to be trained early to avoid confrontations. If he snaps the other dog won't fair well so he must be well socialized as a puppy and you will need to keep your eye on him around strange dogs. He can be good with children, but he may be too rowdy and intense for the youngest family members, and all children must learn to be kind and respectful toward him. He needs lots of exercise, including daily walks and plenty of indoor and outdoor play to help him expend his high energy (and to make sure he doesn't become overweight). When out walking he should be leased, since he may chase small animals. He is a medium shedder, and so might not be a good pet if you are concerned about pet hair in the house.
The Miniature Bull Terrier is 10 to 14 inches tall (to shoulders) and weighs 20 to 35 pounds. He has a short, glossy coat. His coat color can be pure white, or contain black, brindle, tan, red, white and fawn.
His coat only need to be brushed occasionally, or more often to reduce shedding in your home if it bothers you.
The Miniature Bull Terrier was developed in the 19th century when a Bulldog and the now-extinct White English Terrier were crossed to produce the "Bull and Terrier," a dog bred to hunt rats, herd, and be a guard dog for his family. At first three different sizes of Bull Terriers existed: the Toy, the Miniature, and the Standard. In time however the Toy fell out of favor, and now the Miniature is the smallest of the "Bullies." He was exhibited for the first time in England 1914, and made his first appearance at the AKC in 1963. He was admitted to the AKC as a breed in 1991. His AKC popularity was 127th out of 157 breeds in 2007.