Description and history of the miniature bull terrier dog breed

Description and history of the miniature bull terrier dog breed

Description: The Miniature Bull Terrier is a muscular and well built dog. Standing between 10 and 14 inches tall and weighing 24 to 23 pounds, it is stocky and short. The head is oval in shape, long and strong, it descends evenly towards their nose, which is black. The eyes are small, almond-shaped and deeply set, they are dark in color. Their ears are small, thin and close-fitting.

This breed has a long neck that is very muscular, with broad shoulders. The tail is set low and not long. Their fur is short, flat and dense, which is rough to the touch. There are two colors recognized by the AKC; the white bull terrier is allowed to have colored spots on the head, but not on the body, and the spotted bull terrier, which can be black and brindle, red, fawn, and tricolor with white spots. Their life span is between 10 and 12 years.

History: The miniature bull terrier breed began in the 1800s when bulldogs were crossed with terriers. In the 1830s there was a popular sport of bulldogs fighting bulls in a pit. Lovers of this fight wanted to create a dog that was more agile, so they crossed the bulldog with an old English terrier, Spanish point blood. The result was the Bull Terrier breed, it was not as successful a fighter as the breeders wanted, and by 1860 the dog had become fashionable for the nobility. This breed was used as a watchdog, shepherd, rat and watchdog. The Miniature Bull Terrier was first recognized by the AKC in 1991.

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