Bull Terrier Mini, Mini, MBT, Mini Bull
$1,500 – $2,500
Available in these colours:
Miniature Bull Terriers come in a range of colours. For coloured coats, the colour will usually predominate. If the coat is white, the dog will have a pure white coat. Blue and Liver coats are highly undesirable.
Characteristics & Tendencies:
TENDENCY TO DIG52%
About the Bull Terrier (Miniature)
The breed was developed between 1800 and 1830 in England. These stocky dogs were used to kill rats in homes and outbuildings as well as compete with others in pits. A Miniature Bull Terrier is similar to the bigger Bull Terrier in all respects except size. As his name suggests, he is a Bull Terrier in miniature, standing 10 to 14 inches and weighing 25 to 33 pounds. Today’s Mini Bull has retained some of its ancestors’ courage, but proper socialization draws out his clownish, outgoing, lovable personality.
The Mini Bull Terrier has just as much energy and gumption as his big brother. He’s got just as much energy and spunk, and he excels at canine performance sports. He’s active and cheerful with kids and his exuberance is infectious. Devoted, friendly and playful, the miniature bull terrier’s guardian needs a sense of humor as this dog nature is inquisitive and mischievous. However, if its mind and body are exercised properly, it is well-behaved.
Mini Bull can be overprotective of their territory and owner. They can get on well with dogs of the opposite sex, but they are known to chase same-sex pets and small animals around and should always be on a leash when outdoors.
Top health issues
What are the most common health issues for Bull Terriers (Miniature)?
- Patellar Luxation
- Heart Disease
- Polycystic Kidney Disease
Common Bull Terriers (Miniature) diseases & conditions, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment in detail:
Patellar luxation is a knee cap problem in dogs. It occurs when the dog’s kneecap (patella) is dislocated from its normal anatomic position in the groove of the thigh bone (femur). When the kneecap is dislocated from the groove of the thigh bone, it can only be returned to its normal position once the quadriceps muscles in the hind legs of the animal relax and lengthen. It is for this reason that most dogs with the condition will hold up their hind legs for a few minutes.
Heart disease, also known as cardiomyopathy, refers to the inability of the heart to provide adequate circulation to meet the body’s needs. Unfortunately, it is quite common within dogs, where approximately 10% of dogs seen in primary care veterinary practices have suffered from some form of heart disease. Clinical signs of heart disease include reduce ability to exercise, swelling in the abdomen, shortness of breath and a low-pitched cough that may sometimes lead to gagging. Treatment for heart disease will generally depend on how severe the heart failure is, and have the main objective of reducing the build-up of fluid caused by the heart failure and continue the blood flow to the rest of the body. Fortunately, there are a wide selection of heart medications that are used to treat heart disease, and allow affected pets to live a normal life.
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a progressive, inherited disorder which is common in cats, and more uncommon in dogs. It is where cysts grow and advance slowly over the kidney, causing the enlarged kidney to fail to function normally and consequently leading to progressive renal failure. For dogs, PKD is most commonly diagnosed in Bull Terrers. Symptoms of PKD include enlarged kidneys, lack of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, high blood pressure, lethargy and frequent urination. There is no specific treatment of the disorder, however the objectives in a treatment plan are to help slow down the spread and alleviate discomfort experienced by your pet.
Hearing issues are common among Bull Terriers, which are often hereditary. The Bull Terrier carries recessive piebald alleles that produce white in the coat and skin, which are linked to these congenital hereditary issues. Most hearing or eye problems will be more evident later in the dog’s life, usually around eight to ten years of age. Careful breeding is generally the most effective way to eliminate these issues.
How much does a Mini Bull eat?
Miniature Bull Terriers like their food so their food intake should be monitored closely as they do have a tendency to put on weight. Furthermore, Mini Bulls are prone to allergies, so an unprocessed grain-free diet is recommended, with protein, fat and animal-based carbohydrates. As your Mini Bull gets older, changes in their diet should be made e.g. moving to a senior diet accounting for their decreased activity levels.
How often does the fur fall off?
Miniature Bull Terriers shed a moderate amount. Their shedding may be easily maintained through regular brushing, which will reduce the amount of hair shed.
Are Mini Bulls high maintanence?
Miniature Bull Terriers require little grooming. A quick brushing once a day or a few times a week is sufficient. Sunscreen must be used on any sparse white sections of fur around the face, ears, hindquarters or stomach when outdoors (especially in summer between the hours of 10am and 2pm) to avoid sunburn and cancer.
The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Brush on a regular basis with a firm bristle brush, and bathe once every two weeks in the warmer months and bathe once a month in the colder months. It is also recommended to rub them down with a piece of towelling or chamois as this will make their coat shine.
How much exercise does a Mini Bull need?
Miniatures must be carefully exercised and dieted to avoid obesity. They are a highly active breed that loves to run and play, and enjoys games that include running and retrieving a ball. Brisk walks are recommended to keep his activity levels up, and ensure he is mentally stimulated enough not to become destructive.
How often should a Mini Bull visit the vet?
May need to check as they are prone to primary lens luxation. PLL is a late onset disease which typically affects dogs between the ages of mid 2 and 7. Younger and older cases are known.
Are Mini Bulls kid-friendly and sociable with humans?
Miniature Bull Terriers make fun and affectionate family companions. They are more suited to older children, as their strength and independent nature may not do well with younger children. In the household, they are lively and comical, and love to play with their family members. It is recommended that they are socialised and introduced to strangers from puppyhood.
Are Mini Bulls difficult to train?
Mini Bulls are not famous for their trainability. The breed requires more time and patience to train, and frequent repetition with commands. Although their attention spans are quite short, making them a challenge to train at times, it is not impossible to train Mini Bulls. Consistency through frequent training sessions is encouraged, and employing a calm, yet assertive tone. Miniature Bull Terriers can often be quite stubborn, so ensure their trainer is firm when giving commands.
Compatibility with other pets
Do Mini Bulls get along with other dogs or cats?
Unfortunately, Mini Bulls are not great with other pets in the household. They tend to be territorial and aggressive at times, particularly if they feel threatened. They do best in single-pet homes with a lot of companionship from family members. They also make excellent watchdogs against intruders.
Need for company
How often do they need to be around humans?
The breed doesn’t need a lot of attention, but they are very loyal animals and do require regular human contact, the odd bath to avoid skin allergies and a walk at least once a day. Bull Terriers, like many breeds, tend to suffer separation anxiety if left alone for an extended period of time and may develop behavioural problems as a result.
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