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Miniature Bull Terrier

Size: Small / Medium

Weight: 24 - 33 lbs.

Height: 10" - 14"

Life Span: 12 - 13 years

Health Problems: Zinc deficiency: mineral deficiency that can cause death; deafness: some puppies are born deaf while other develop deafness later; obsessive compulsive behaviors: can include tail chasing or other ticks; patella luxation: diseases causing slipped knees or bowleggedness; high testosterone levels: in males; this causes territorial and aggressive behavior; sensitive to fleas and other parasites; easy weight gain.

Origin: Great Britain (1800s)

Also Known As: English Miniature Bull Terrier

Group: Terrier

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Miniature Bull Terrier requires vigorous exercise daily, such as long walks, runs, romps and play sessions. This breed tends to gain weight and becomes lazy if not exercised enough.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.


Scrappy, fearless and attached to its owner. Once a prized dog-fighter, the breed is much more mellow now but still prone to getting in conflicts with other dogs. For that reason, this breed should be kept on a leash when in public, and does best in homes where it is the only pet. However, two female Bull Terriers can live together peacefully, and even provide good companionship for each other. Bull Terriers do not like to be left alone and are best placed with active families where at least one person is around most of the day. Training can be difficult. This breed is not recommended for first-time dog owners.

Compatibility with Kids

Does not tolerate teasing from children. Play should be supervised.


The Miniature Bull Terrier is a smaller version of the Standard Bull Terrier. However, it is not a true miniature. It possesses most of the same qualities as its larger brother, but is a more manageable size.