Miniature Bull Terrier: characteristics and personality

Miniature Bull Terrier: characteristics and personality

Miniature Bull Terrier

The Miniature Bull Terrier is exactly what the name suggests-a small Bull Terrier.  He is the result of the crossing between the Dalmatian, the Bulldog, and the extinct English White Terrier.


The standard Bull Terrier was created in the 19th century as a hunting dog. Soon breeders saw the need of creating a miniature version. After many trials, the Miniature Bull Terrier was developed and used as a ratter.

The AKC accepted the Miniature Bull Terrier as a member on May 14, 1991. Today, Minis are companion dogs and their ratting instinct and protective ways still remain in them.

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Physical characteristics

The coat of the Miniature Bull Terrier is soft, fine, glossy, and short-very close to the skin-just like the Bull Terrier. In the early 20th century, Minis were set apart from the standard Bull Terrier by their weight. But this caused the breeding of even smaller dogs, so small they were getting close to a Chihuahua.

To avoid this, in the 1970s a height and weight limits were placed. According to AKC standards, the Miniature Bull Terrier’s height must be proportional to its weight. These dogs usually range between 20 and 35 pounds.


These dogs are loving but they can be a bit stubborn. Just like Bull Terriers, they are loving and make great company. When it comes to picking up a fight, the Mini is not aware of its size as he would taunt any other dog, regardless of his size.

These dogs are pretty energetic, playful, and very loving of people.

Caring for a Miniature Bull Terrier

The Mini does not really require much space. Thanks to his very short hairs, it barely requires grooming. A quick brush once every day or every other day will work just fine.


These dogs require a lot of training, especially when they are young. They can be stubborn and are independent. It is important that they are trained from an early age, especially for socialization.

Fun facts

  • The very small minis being bred that we mentioned a while ago were the toy versions. These dogs were discontinued, leaving us with the standard and the mini.
  • The Miniature Bull Terrier was born in England.

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