Miniature bull terrier
The miniature bull terrier resembles its large cousin – bull terrier – in appearance and character. However, he is more energetic and spontaneous, although he can be equally stubborn. Built strongly, proportionally, it has a characteristic egg-shaped head and narrow, small eyes.
The miniature bull terrier in every inch resembles its larger cousin bull terrier, it is only endowed with even more energy.
You should supervise the play of bulks with children, especially those who came in the guests. When children’s play becomes too intense, the bun will probably want to join. And because he is impulsive and careless, he may accidentally hurt himself or the child. He may also try to defend “his” child against an imaginary attack. However, well-run can be a great companion for children’s games.
For successful fun together, children should be taught how to handle a four-legged companion. Like other dogs, bulks do not like to be irritated. A provoked bun can start defending itself. Young animals require special supervision.
Miniature bull terriers usually like the company of other dogs. There are, however, some exceptions. An adult male usually doesn’t get along with another male unless the latter is submissive. In contrast, a dog and a bitch or two bitches of this breed usually live in harmony. However, you should carefully bring your puppy home, because the rolls can be jealous.
In addition to the unusual appearance and small size, it is probably the nature of these dogs that most attracts new lovers of the breed. Miniature bull terriers are active, curious and willing to play. They are strongly attached to the owners and are usually good watchmen. However, these are not dogs for everyone.
Miniature bull terrier. Training and education
Like larger cousins, minibulls are often stubborn and have strong characters. Therefore, laying them up is not easy. The owner of a dog of this breed should be consistent, patience and be more stubborn than a dog. This does not mean that he is supposed to be sharp towards the dog and treat him brutally. Coercion will have the opposite effect, because the boules will be locked in and locked up internally.
Who is this race for?
Almost all minibulls are very active up to the age of 5-6 years. Therefore, they are best suited for active families who will provide them with company and constant supervision. They also adapt well to older but active people who devote a lot of time to them. They don’t like staying alone at home for a long time. Bored can start to destroy the equipment.
Miniature bull terrier. Advantages and disadvantages
- requires a lot of work
- bored can be a destroyer
- when attacked, he won’t let go
- may not tolerate dominant same-sex dogs
- not very long-lived
- cheerful, full of humor
- a good companion for the active
- easy to care for
- watchful watchman
Minibulls are generally healthy and quite resistant. Due to their considerable bodyweight, they are not long-lived. A typical disease of this breed is primary lens dislocation (PLL). It manifests itself at the age of 3-6 years or later and if left untreated leads to blindness. There are also heart defects, allergies and deafness (the latter mainly in individuals with a predominance of white on the head).
Miniature bull terriers have a tendency to be overweight, so you need to control the amount of fat on the ribs and, if necessary, correct the amount of feed administered.
Care is very easy – the rubber brush with protrusions will effectively remove dead hair. During the molting period, bull terriers leave hair everywhere that, like needles, can stick into upholstery, rugs, etc.
Miniature bull terrier. History
Bull terriers were born in England in the nineteenth century, when they began to cross terriers with bulldogs to get a good dog for fighting. Initially, the weight of dogs from these crosses ranged from 3.5 to over 18 kg (most weighed 4-5 kg). They even tried to breed a toy variety of this breed, but the dogs had undesirable dwarf features – apple-like heads and bulging eyes.
In 1863, for the first time at the dog show, a class was organized for bull terriers weighing less than 4.5 kg (twenty years later the upper weight limit was raised to 11 kg), and in 1873 the first bull terrier in history received the title of champion. By today’s standards, it would be a miniature because it weighed only 7 kg.
In the following years, both toy and miniature were registered as miniature bull terriers, which caused further problems with maintaining the desired type of breed and, as a result, a decrease in its popularity. In 1913 the breed was transferred to the toy group, and in 1918 it was removed from the Kennel Club register. However, a group of breeders was still active.
In 1938 they founded the Miniature Bull Terrier Club and applied to the Kennel Club for registration of the breed. This time, however, the limit was about height (less than 14 inches), not weight. The breed was recognized in 1939, and 9 years later the first championship for miniature bull terrier was awarded.
Miniature bull terrier – group III FCI, section 3, reference number 359
- Country of origin: Great Britain
- Character: cheerful, brave, stubborn, curious, friendly towards people, can be aggressive towards dogs, especially of the same sex
- Size: up to 35.5 cm
- Weight: not specified in the standard, 11-15 kg
- Coat: short, hard and close-fitting, soft undercoat may appear in winter
- Ointment: pure white – acceptable pigmentation of the skin (spots) and colorful markings on the head, colored – the color must prevail, brindle ointment preferred, ore allowed, tricolor and tricolor with brindle tan
- Lifespan: approx. 12 years
- Vulnerability to training: average
- Activity: high, especially at a young age
- Resistance/susceptibility to diseases: sensitive to frost and heat, there are genetic diseases: dislocation of the lens, heart defects, allergies and deafness, susceptible to injury