The Bull Terrier, literally from the moment of its appearance, has earned the fame of a fighting dog, which was used in clandestine, illegal battles. Accordingly, the Bull Terrier’s reputation as a pet has been tarnished.
However, the breed had admirers among wealthy, decent people who had nothing to do with dog fights. Similar breed enthusiasts began to cross the Bull Terrier with the White English Terrier and Dalmatian in the late 19th century. Subsequently, this gave a new birth for the bull terrier, since the miniature version obtained as a result of such a cross was to the taste of many intelligent people, and owning such a dog was even considered a sign of good taste.
Subsequently, the breeders crossed the resulting individuals with the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which gave more color variations. In the early stages, at the end of the 19th century – the beginning of the 20th century, miniature bull terriers and classic bull terriers were distinguished by weight, however, in 1970, clear standards for growth (no more than 35 cm) appeared for the correspondence of weight to height of dogs.
In the UK, the Mini Bull Terrier was recognized as a separate breed in 1939, but in America – only in 1991. Interestingly, at the very beginning, the ears of the Miniature Bull Terrier were drooping and clipped, however, the breeders worked hard to make them erect and eventually succeeded.
The Miniature Bull Terrier breed is a small dog with a strong, muscular build, and short limbs. The muzzle is elongated, the ears are erect. The tail is of medium length, the coat is short.
The Miniature Bull Terrier has a very lively, energetic character and loves to spend a lot of time with its family. We can say that the breed, in principle, treats people well, even to strangers, shows friendliness and openness. Although, of course, he is more alert with strangers than with relatives.
It is believed that these are stubborn and wayward dogs that are difficult to train. Especially if the owner does not know how to find the right approach and tries to reduce everything to monotonous sessions. In fact, you just need to turn the training process into a game, then the dog will not be stubborn by default, since it will be interested in what is happening. Otherwise, you will have a daily battle with the will of the animal.
The Miniature Bull Terrier loves walks, active games, but problems with other dogs during walks can begin. Firstly, he is completely unaware of his miniature size, and secondly, his warlike disposition largely copies the temper of his larger counterparts – classic bull terriers. Therefore, the owner must be on the alert, since a conflict situation can arise out of the blue completely unexpectedly.
With the right upbringing, this is a great friend for the whole family, an excellent companion and a very unpretentious dog in terms of care, which can be kept without problems even in a small city apartment. But remember – this is a little mischievous and fidgety.
Due to the almost complete absence of hair in some places, for example, in the ears and around the nose, sunscreen is required to protect the skin from various diseases. It can be used as a guard dog (more precisely, as an alarm dog), but he cannot live on the street.
The Miniature Bull Terrier has a lot of health problems, including hereditary ones, including:
- deafness – occurs in both colored and white individuals, it can be both unilateral and bilateral;
- fatal acrodermatitis;
- dislocation of the knee caps;
- polycystic kidney disease;
- displacement of the primary lens (eye disease);
- aortic valve stenosis;
- mitral dysplasia;
- pyotraumatic dermatitis;
- allergic reactions;