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Bull Terrier (Miniature)

Group: Terriers (Group 2)
Club: Bull Terrier Miniature Club Of Victoria
Contact: Mrs Kerry Hellsten
Phone: 0432 764 470
Email: btmcv@y7mail.com
Website: www.btmcv.net/

Brief History
Bull Terriers and Bull Terriers (Miniature) were developed from a blend of the English White Terrier and the British Bulldog during the 1800’s. Later the Dalmatian was introduced. The Bull Terrier Miniature was created by using small Bull Terriers to stabilise a smaller size. Although the original purpose of the Bull Terrier was said to be as a sporting man’s terrier, the early history of the breed suggests that they were once used as a fighting dog. From the late 1800 the Bull Terrier and later the Bull Terrier Miniature became companion animals.

Average Life Span
When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. The average life span is 10 to 12 years.

Temperament
Clown-like, engaging, agile, energetic

The Mini loves nothing more than being part of your “pack”, whether this is gardening, hanging out washing, walking or watching a movie.  Often, they are not aware of just how strong they can be and should be supervised with children under 10 at all times. They can be destructive when left alone in the home for extended periods. They need good training, such as obedience, a structured environment where rules are provided and positive consistent leadership. They will need to be well socialised, to ensure a good temperament around other dogs and pets. This inside, outside dog will benefit best from a decent walk, on lead, of 30 minutes per day.

General Breed Description
The outstanding feature of a Mini Bull is the head, said to be shaped similar to that of an egg! The sturdy body often feels heavier than they appear. However, they still give the impression of having great substance for their size. They come in a variety of colours including white, brindle, black, red, fawn and tricolour, including white markings.

Coat and Care Requirements
The Bull Terrier (Miniature) has a short, slightly coarse hair, which does shed a little. They will benefit from a good brush or wipe over with a rubber mitt once per week and bathing only after a romp in mud. This easy coat care breed has one caution, Mini’s have a propensity for sun baking during summer, so a good quality sunblock should be used on the belly and nose!

Size
Height: Should not exceed 35.5cms (14ins).
There should be an impression of substance to size of dog.

Health
All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about breed health issues and what health testing the breeder does.

Suitability
This breed is suited to active families who enjoy having a dog involved in their day to day lives.  They can be tolerant of other pets but do need boundaries, training and to be appropriately socialised as pups. Breeders would not recommend having two un-desexed males together. As they are terriers, they may be inclined to chase things such as small animals and birds and it is wise to walk them on lead.

In Conclusion
Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

Link to ANKC Breed Standard:   http://ankc.org.au/Breed/Detail/41

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