English Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier Breed Information

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Pure white Bull Terriers are allowed to carry markings around the head due to breed standard (AKC), but not at the body. Sometimes there are specimen seen all white with markings all over the body and not only limited to the head. These markings often show on the back and are therefore named “Saddleback Markings”. If your Bull Terrier is just a pet, healthy and not intended either for use as a show dog or breeding, this is acceptable. Except the “breeder” who sold you the puppy claimed to breed after Kennel Club standards and requested a lot of money for the pup. Because this was definitely not the case!

White Bull Terrier Markings

White Bull Terrier Markings

Why is that important at all? It is, in fact, for every Bull Terrier and for you as the owner. Because a constantly sick and suffering dog can cost you thousands in vet bills over the years. And saddleback markings – believe it or not, can be part of the problem. The breed is prone to some genetic health issues, which can be either minimized by correct breeding or made worse by incorrect crossings. If you don’t believe this, just study the Mendelian rules of genomics. A responsible breeder will always strive to create healthy puppies with stable genetics as far as he can influence this. Therefore he will only cross certain dogs after strict rules. Hence, his puppies will not present saddleback markings, because these only occur in incorrect breeding. That again causes a higher risk of genetic health predispositions. Pigmentation of the SKIN (NOT the coat) on the other hand is not unusual and not necessarily a sign of bad genetic disposition. In fact, Mila has such a LOT of dots on the skin all over her chest and belly, we sometimes call her “Dotty” for fun an wish to have $1000 for every one of her dots 🙂


Find more information about the Bull Terrier appearance in this essay.

Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier Breed Information: The Miniature Bull Terrier

The Miniature Bull Terrier was bred at some point to include the qualities and characteristics of the original English Bull Terrier in an even more compact size. Bull Terriers and Miniature Bull Terriers are not considered the same dog breed, but two different ones by some Kennel Clubs. But, except for the difference in size, both share the same character traits and appearance. Today in Bull Terriers and Miniature Bull Terriers both color variations – pure white and certain color combinations – are prevalent.

Find more Information about Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier height and weight on the next page

3 thoughts on “English Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier Breed Information

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  2. I have a nail bullterrier I got him when he was eight weeks so he’s eight months old now he looks just like the target dog I’m not quite sure I know you can’t be a miniature bullterrier I’m not sure if he’s a English bullterrier but I would love to send you a picture of him his name is Zeus and he’s weighing in right now at 54 pounds and 3 ounces I was just wondering how much more bigger is he going to get

    • Hello Donna,
      I would love to take a look at your sweet Bull Terrier – just because I can’t get enough of seeing them. I bet people often recognize the “Target dog” :).
      Feel free to send me a picture at contact@bullterrierfun.com

      He probably is a handful, not only in terms of personality – which we all love so much – but also keeping that all white coat shiny and bright. Don’t they love a nice mud puddle. 🙂

      In general it is hard to predict the eventual size of a puppy. Zeus will still grow at least a little (dogs of this size usually grow until about 12 months old).
      In order to estimate his eventual height at the age of eight months the best bet is to take a look at the parents, if possible. If they are pretty similar, Zeus will likely end up similar as well. If one of the parents is significantly taller and heavier that the other, comparing Zeus to both of them can help to find out, who he seems to follow.

      His weight sounds like he is beyond the size of a Mini already. But in order to predict the eventual size, also his shoulder height is an interesting factor. If he is beyond 14 inch already, he is not a Mini.
      I don’t know, if you measured him when he was 8-9 weeks old. If he was beyond 8 inch at that age already, chances are he will end up on the bigger side. Comparing the size of the babies in the litter can also give a hint of the outcome in relation to each other.

      But after all, it’s a lot of guessing. At the age of around 12 months he should reach about his final height. Some dogs continue to pack on some more muscle subsequently. Meaning they don’t grow any higher, but still a little heavier and compact. Males tend to grow taller and heavier than females, but that’s only a rule of thumb.

      However tall he ends up – he’s a package full of love and fun! And isn’t that always the bigger the better. 🙂

      Dorothea

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