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AKC Meet the Breeds: Miniature Bull Terrier

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

The Miniature Bull Terrier is in every way -- except size -- exactly like the Bull Terrier. Bull Terriers were first meant to be tough fighting dogs but now exhibit a much gentler, playful personality. As a matter of fact, the jovial nature and the distinctive egg-shaped head of the Bull Terrier made it an apt choice for Target ads and Anhauser Busch's popular "Spuds McKenzie" ad campaign. The breed can be solid white or colored.

A Look Back
When created in the early part of the 19th century from crossing a Bulldog with the now-extinct White English Terrier, Bull Terriers as small as the present-day Miniature were common if not the rule. Early in the Bull Terrier's history, breeders thought he wasn't big enough, so they added some Spanish Pointer to the breed. Because of the variety in sizes that resulted, breeders began to separate the Bull Terriers into groups: Miniature (midsize), and Standard (the largest).

Right Breed for You?
The strongly built, active, and determined Miniature Bull Terrier is often described as clownish and fearless. Although fond of both grown-ups and children, they may become too energetic for small children without the proper exercise and training. They are not recommended for families with other non-canine pets such as hamsters and guinea pigs. This easy-to-groom breed requires only occasional brushing.

  • Terrier Group; AKC recognized in 1991.
  • Ranging in size from 10 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Vermin hunter, good watchdog.

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