Country of OriginEngland
Nicknames and Other NamesMini Bull
Scientific NameCanis lupus fimiliaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupTerrier Group
Bred ForBull baiting
Recognized ByFCI, UKC< CKC, KC, NZKC, ANKC
Life Span11-13 years
Ideal Weight18-28 pounds (male and female)
Ideal Height10-14 inches (male and female)
Fur TypeShort, glossy, fine
Common ColorsBlack and Tan, Fawn, Brindle, Red, White, Red and White, Black Tan and White, Black Brindle and White
AvailabilityCommonly available
AchievementsMilitary Dogs
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToBull Dogs

The Miniature Bull Terrier is a small sized-dog which is also known by the names like Mini Bull Terrier, the English Miniature Bull Terrier or simply the Mini Bull. It is a smaller version of the bigger bull terrier.

They are highly adoptable dog and are suited for both a big yard house or an apartment. However, while keeping in an apartment, make sure to take him out for a walk regularly to fulfill its activity requirements.

The physical appearance of Miniature Bull Terrier is well- muscled and strong. The head is long, deep and strongly built. The face is long, oval-shaped like an egg. The eyes are small and triangular shaped. Their neck is long and muscular with a broad chest. The thighs are very muscular and strong and their tail is short and low set.

Origin and History

The Miniature Bull Terrier was originated in England in 1830s by crossing Bulldogs with English terriers that are extinct now. It was crossed with the bull to make him strong, determined and alert like bulldogs but in a smaller version.

Miniature Bull Terrier was bred for bull-baiting which luckily got abolish by the law and after that, it was used for Ratting. Today this dog makes a great family companion are popular as a pet.

The parent club for Miniature Bull terrier was formed in 1996 which was the Miniature Bull terrier club of America. In 1991, the American Kennel Club fully accepted Miniature Bull terries as the member of the Terrier Group.

Is Miniature Bull Terrier Child-Friendly?

Miniature Bull terrier gets along with children well and can be great playmates. They have a high level of energy and are very playful which can be dangerous for small children as they might play rough.

However, older children do great with Miniature Bull terrier as long as they know how to handle dogs. They should be supervised and small children should not be left alone with it.

Boy massaging Miniature Bull Terrier back.

Temperament, Behavior, and Personality

Temperament: The temperament of Miniature Bull terrier is playful, comical and energetic. It have a high energy level and can play and work all day long. It is also a entertaining dog that are very funny and can make anyone laugh. Miniature Bull terrier makes a excellent family companion as no one will get bored at its presence.

Behavior: Miniature Bull terrier is aggressive in nature towards same-sex dogs and other pet. If socialized properly, their aggression can be somewhat reduced. It likes to remain busy most of the time either working or playing. If they do not get enough activity to do and get bored, they will show their destructive behavior by chewing on things and biting off furniture. So, they should be kept busy.

Personality: The Miniature Bull Terrier is a loving, loyal and fearless little dog. They have a courageous personality and loves challenging work to do. They love the company of family and wants to be involved in family activities like household work, ride in a car or taking a stroll around the neighborhood


Miniature Bull terrier has a mind of its own and does things they like. So, training should be started early when they are eager to please. The training session should be short and fun as the Miniature Bull Terrier attention span is short.

Positive methods of training should be done. Reward them with a delicious treat and lots of vocal praises when they complete a task. This will encourage them to do more task sincerely.


  • The Miniature Bull Terrier has one of the most distinctive faces in the canine world.
  • The Miniature Bull Terrier ranks 120 of 193 (as of March 2019) registered breed of American Kennel Club.
  • At a time, Miniature Bull Terrier can give birth to 4-6 puppies
  • The Miniature Bull terrier is a very energetic dog who requires a high activity level.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesDeafness, Cataracts, Hip Dysplasia,
Patellar Luxation, Lens Luxation
Vaccination RequiredLeptospirosis, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Canine Parainfluenza,
Kennel Cough, Canine Coronavirus, Rabies
SheddingModerate Shedder
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialHigh
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 23%
Fat: 5%
Fish Oil

Miniature Bull Terrier is prone to the genetic health condition. Some of the health problems it might get are listed below:

  • Deafness: Deafness is common in the white dog but deafness does not mean that the dog will have an unhealthy life. There are no serious issues if they cannot hear as they can still lead a healthy and happy life. The only problem is that they cannot be able to hear someone calling or approaching.
  • Lens Luxation: The dislocation of the lens either to the right or left is called lens luxation. The sign is redness in the eye which is slowly developed and if treatment on time is not done, it can even cause blindness.

Coat and Colors

The coat of Miniature Bull terrier is short, flat and dense. They comes in the following colors:

  • Black and Brindle
  • Black and tan
  • Black tan and white
  • Black brindle and white
  • Brindle
  • Brindle and white
  • Fawn
  • Fawn and white
  • Red
  • Red and white
  • White
  • White and brindle
  • White and red
  • White and fawn


Cost: The average cost of the Miniature Bull terrier is between $1000-$2000 USD.

Height and Size: The average height of the Miniature Bull terrier is 10-14 inches. The average weight is between 18-28 pounds.

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