The Miniature Bull Terrier Temperament is Fun Loving, Determined, Affectionate and Rowdy
The larger versions of the breed, (The Miniature) was less effected by over breeding and was recognised by the English Kennel Club in 1939. Unfortunately, this meant that they could no longer cross breed with the standard sized bull terriers and as there were so few miniatures available this again led to considerable inbreeding. The miniature breed gained popularity slowly and they were recognised by the AKC as late as 1991.
Miniature Bull Terrier Temperament
The Miniature Bull Terrier has all the exuberance, determination and affection of the Bull Terrier, but in a much smaller package.
Don’t be fooled however by their diminutive proportions as they have a high pain threshold and hard bite. The Miniature Bull Terrier temperament is such that they can play roughly and may show aggressive tendencies towards other dogs, so budding owners will need to ensure careful and determined socialisation in order to prevent this becoming a problem.
Children:Great pets for older children with their rowdy enthusiasm but probably too rowdy and mouthy for younger kids or tots
Protection level: Low, but will bark at suspicious characters or situations
Other Animals: Cat harassment and stalking caged pets such as rabbits or guinea pigs are a favourite past time of the mini. Need to be socialised early or raised with other animals
Exercise: Decent amount of daily exercise e.g daily walk or good play session to dissipate that nervous terrier energy. Capable of sudden bursts of activity.
Grooming:Short coat makes grooming easy, occasional brushing required.
The Miniature Bull Terrier shares its early history and ancestral root with its larger cousin the Bull Terrier, for many years it was common for traditional Bull Terriers to come in many sizes, with the smallest ones amongst the breed known as "Coverwood" Terriers from the kennel that produced them.
Problems developed over time as breeders tried to produce ever smaller versions of this terrier, until by the 1900's some strains where little larger than a Chihuahua. These "Toy" Bull Terriers suffered from numerous con-genital problems owing to extensive inbreeding that interest in the tiny sized version eventually waned.
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“Like their bigger siblings, they have sudden bursts of energy-much like a cat- turning the house into a racetrack for a couple of laps. With Minis as pets, owners never need to go to the circus for entertainment.
Despite their fun loving outlook on life, Minis are still wilful Terriers…
Chris Walcowicz-the Perfect Match
The Ideal Miniature Bull Terrier Owner is ...
Experienced and active with a good sense of humour and has the time and energy to play with and train this determined breed.
As always if you like this breed, please do the research and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club
How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.
How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily a sign of how aggressive the breed is.
Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.
Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.
Breed Stats At A Glance: 1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst
Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!
A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner than others.
Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.
Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.
A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.
Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot so think of your neighbours!
Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.
Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.
Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.
How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and bathing etc.
All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.
How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most intolerance. Intact males generally are more problematic with other intact males
Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.