Breed Facts About the Miniature Bull Terrierby Jodi Thornton O'Connell
The miniature bull terrier's large, egg-shaped face and small eyes give the breed a clownish appearance. His character is often clownish as well. While cuteness and ease of grooming make the miniature bull terrier a desirable pet for many, you should consider all the facts about the breed before you decide to adopt one into your family.
Built Like a Brick
The miniature bull terrier's athletic build makes him a good fit for people who spend a lot of time in the outdoors, doing things such as hiking or jogging. He stands about 10 to 14 inches high at the shoulder and will attain a weight of 25 to 30 pounds. You'll maintain his short coat easily with a rubber grooming glove and occasional bathing. He does shed twice a year. He prefers warm climates and should not be left outside for extended periods during cold weather.
What a Character
As long as they're well-trained and socialized to people and animals, miniature bull terriers make beloved family pets that get along well with both kids and other dogs. Their strong prey drive makes them ill-advised as members of households where there are pets of other species, especially gerbils, hamsters or other rodents. The bull terrier is naturally wary of strangers and will sound the alert when someone approaches your house. His fearless personality requires strong leadership with consistent discipline.
Ready, Set, Go, Go, Go
Bull terriers are high-energy dogs who like being absorbed in activities that engage both mind and body. A dog of this social breed becomes highly attached to his family and does not like being all alone. The dog can fare well in an apartment as long he gets a minimum of 45 minutes of brisk activity each day and has a variety of chew toys and puzzle toys to entertain himself while you are away. Otherwise, left alone in the yard or house, the bull terrier takes out his frustrations by digging, chewing, barking and engaging in other unwanted behavior.
Foreseeing Potential Problems
The miniature bull terrier's natural agility can actually be the cause of sudden lameness in the first year of life -- the joints and ligaments are not mature enough to withstand the pressure placed on them in rigorous play. Unaltered males do not generally get along with other male dogs, particularly other mini bull terriers. The breed is prone to eye problems such as primary lens luxation at about 3 years age; loss of the eye lens causes total blindness. Heart murmurs and other heart problems are hereditary and may show up during any life phase.
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