Miniature Bull Terrier Temperament (Fearless, Protective, Energetic): Can You Handle It?

Bred to have the strength and tenacity of a bulldog and the intense and alert nature of a terrier, the Miniature Bull Terrier temperament is sweet-natured and protective.

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Quick Breed Background

The Bull Terrier was bred as a fighting dog in the 1830s. Bulldogs were crossed with the now-extinct English terriers.

Rather than the “go to ground” terriers who go into the earth to get prey, breeders began to create smaller versions for above-ground “ratters”.

Therefore, Miniature Bull Terriers were created.

Today, the Miniature Bull Terrier – or Mini’s – is a companion dog.

Miniature Bull Terrier Temperament and Personality

They make life fun

To say Miniature Bull Terriers make life fun is an understatement. They are clownish, playful, and fearless. This breed loves to find interesting things to do.

Miniature Bull Terriers love their humans

This is a breed that loves people. They are happiest when they are around family.

They are protective

Miniature Bull Terriers are protective – especially when they think their humans are in danger. Early socialization will help them recognize that strangers aren’t a threat.

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Watch out for “Bully Runs”

They tend to tear through the yard or house for no apparent reason – often zooming from one end of the house to the other.

Mini’s have separation anxiety

When left alone for too long without enough exercise, Miniature Bull Terriers can get separation anxiety.

They can be possessive

Miniature Bull Terriers are possessive of their humans and territory. They are sometimes aggressive with other animals but do well with dogs of the opposite sex. Same-sex dogs and cats shouldn’t be brought into your Miniature Bull Terrier’s house.

Though active, they do well in apartments

The Miniature Bull Terrier is an active breed, but they are small enough for apartment dwellers. If they receive proper exercise, apartment life won’t bother them.

Training a Miniature Bull Terrier

As a true terrier, the Miniature Bull Terrier temperament is stubborn and independent. However, they are intelligent and trainable – with the right owner.

Miniature Bull Terriers need an owner who is firm yet gentle. You will need a lot of patience and a sense of humor when training a Mini.

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They love to please once they figure out what you want. Some Miniature Bull Terrier owners suggest clicker training.

Regardless of the method you choose, make sure it is positive and fun to keep their attention.

Note: If you are up for the fun of training your Miniature Bull Terrier then check out The Online Dog Trainer.

Finding the Perfect Miniature Bull Terrier

When you are ready to add a Miniature Bull Terrier to your family, you’ll have to decide whether you want to purchase a Miniature Bull Terrier puppy from a breeder or adopt one from a rescue.

Miniature Bull Terrier puppies for sale from a breeder are just that – puppies!

If you don’t have the time to dedicate to raising and training a puppy, consider adoption. Miniature Bull Terriers for adoption are often adults and have basic obedience training.

Miniature Bull Terrier Puppies for Sale

The average Miniature Bull Terrier price is between $1200-$2000. The Miniature Bull Terrier cost depends on your location, litter availability, and whether they come from a champion bloodline.

Miniature Bull Terriers for sale from a champion bloodline will be significantly more expensive than those without.

On average  Miniature Bull Terriers from a rescue will cost between $300-$600 depending on the rescue organization.

Miniature Bull Terrier Rescue and Adoption

Decided to go the rescue route? Bull Terrier Rescue is the perfect resource for Miniature Bull Terrier rescue. They offer information about the breed as well a list of available Miniature Bull Terriers for adoption.

Miniature Bull Terrier adoption is right for you if you are looking for an adult dog that is (typically) already trained.

Additionally, Mini’s with special needs are available for adoption. They have minor issues – such as skin problems or shyness – or more severe health issues that can require frequent vet visits.

A lot of Miniature Bull Terriers in rescue need to be the only pet in the house due to their dog selectiveness.

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Miniature Bull Terrier Breeders

If you have decided on a purebred Mini, the AKC Marketplace is a great place to search for Miniature Bull Terrier breeders. Here, you can search for breeders based on location, litter availability, and bloodline.

Keep in mind that a reputable breeder will:

  • Have a clean home and/or kennel,
  • Treat their dogs with love and care,
  • And know everything there is to know about the breed.

If a breeder doesn’t fit these criteria, move on to the next one!

Good Miniature Bull Terrier breeders will also provide you with health certificates and let you know of any known temperament or health issues.

They will also ask you questions to determine if a Miniature Bull Terrier is, in fact, the right breed for you and your family.

Caring for a Miniature Bull Terrier

Characterized by their signature egg-shaped heads and square bodies, the Miniature Bull Terrier size is around 10-14 inches.

A Miniature Bull Terrier weight is between 18-28 pounds with a life expectancy of 11-13 years.

Grooming a Miniature Bull Terrier

Thanks to their short hair, the Miniature Bull Terrier does not require a lot of grooming.

They only need regular baths and once-weekly brushes with a soft brush.

Their nails grow quickly, though, so they should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrown nails.

Check ears regularly for wax buildup and debris.

Miniature Bull Terrier Health Issues

The Miniature Bull Terrier is prone to

Note: Grab a copy of  The Ultimate Guide to Dog Health and get knowledgeable about the health problems that can literally cause your pet pain and suffering, so you can help prevent them.

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Miniature Bull Terrier puppies require a moderate amount of exercise to stay lean and in shape. But, they are also prone to “sudden lameness”.

This means that their joints can’t handle a lot of exercise until they are mature.

That means Miniature Bull Terrier puppies shouldn’t be exercised too much.  For example don’t allow them to:

  • Jump from high places
  • Or suddenly stop at high speeds.

Once they mature, they do require a vigorous exercise like long walks, short runs or long games of fetch in the backyard.

This is a notoriously destructive breed without proper exercise.

Why the Miniature Bull Terrier?

The Miniature Bull Terrier will undoubtedly keep you laughing with their clownish antics.

They love their families and can be protective if they feel you are in danger.

They are also “dog selective” i.e. they don't like all dogs. And also can be territorial.

Mini’s are intelligent but in true terrier fashion, can be stubborn!

If you’re looking for loyal, active, and playful temperament, the Miniature Bull Terrier is the perfect fit!