English Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier Breed Information

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English Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier Breed Information: Height and Weight

Miniature Bull Terriers can be significantly smaller and lighter than a regular Bull Terrier, as the following chart demonstrates: Regular English Bull Terrier

  • Height 18-24 inch
  • Weight 45-85 lb

Miniature Bull Terrier

  • Height 10-14 inch
  • Weight 20-33 lb
Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier Breed Information

Miniature Bull Terrier and Bull Terrier

Besides being pets Bull Terriers are also popular show dogs. Therefore some standards have been established by the different Kennel Clubs, which mostly refer to colors, proportions and appearance.

Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier Breed Information:
Life Span

Bull Terriers and Miniature Bull Terriers have a life expectancy of 9-15 years.

English Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier Breed Information: Coat & Skin

The Bull Terrier has short, coarse hair. the coat does not need a lot of grooming. The coat is better suited for warmer than for cold climates. But protection in colder climate can be arranged with a doggie sweater and shoes, for example. Shedding is light to moderate. Excessive shedding can be a sign of climate change, but also an alarm signal that there is a health problem, such a skin issues or inner problems going on. The Bull Terrier comes in different color variations from all white to solid color and some mixes. Learn more about the color variations in this article. The skin itself can also be pigmented. Because of the sparse hair on their big muzzle the skin is very sensitive and may even need some sunscreen on the beach.

English Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier Breed Information:

“There are dogs … and there are Bull Terriers” The Bull Terrier is often characterized as a ‘Kid in a dog suit”.

Bull Terriers unsually get along with their own and other breeds, also other animals, when they are socialized early. “Getting along” can also mean “just not interested”.
Most Bull Terriers are also not prone to hunting critters unless they are trained to do so. Many will get alert and stare when they spot a rabbit or squirrel and maybe if they get the chance dash after them for some yards, but they will unlikely go the distance and bark like crazy. Still, every dog is different. So, this information is not meant to create a false sense of security that she will not run. Nor should it encourage you to unleash your dog in the woods without giving it a second thought. One or the other specimen may like to really chase after smaller animals, like rabbits or squirrels and sometimes cats.
All I am saying is that despite their terrier-heritage of hunting vermin and rats, the majority of them will not show much interest in smaller animals.
If you have ever tried to entertain your Bull Terrier with a flirt pole, you may have discovered two things:
1. Your Bull Terrier will probably respond to this game. But dragging the small toy attched to the pole over the ground will likely attract the Bull Terrier more than swaying it in the air. This movement is more similar to the terrier-heritage of hunting small vermin and rats.
2. If you manage to interest your Bull Terrier in this game, this interest will probably not last for long. You will not be able to have your Bull Terrier dash after that pole for an hour in your yard like you would be able to do it with some other breeds.

The vermin hunting heritage, however, may have something to do with the strong affinity of many Bull Terriers to balls. I have seen several of them not only chasing after balls thrown by humans. Many of them like balls thrown closely to the ground or have a bias to kick and push small rolling objects around, like they where playing soccer, and then dashing after those objects. Mila is playing this kind of game in a very distinct way all on her own whenever she gets hold of a tennis-ball-sized ball. It always reminds me something qickly running away from her like a small animal and her going after it. Whenever she does it, my husband declares that she is “in the zone”. Because she has obviously plunged into another world where she could do this for hours.

The often stated “No cats!” for rescue Bull Terriers seeking a new home, sometimes just traces back to a lack in early socialization with other animals. This is something that may be hard to catch up with later and can also concern other dogs. So, the recommendation for under-socialized Bullys will often be “Best held as only pet”. I also once met a Bull Terrier myself, who was a Joker and nothing but sweetness and fun towards humans, yet a killer when it came to other dogs. Well, of course there are special cases, which will then need special attention and a very skillful, understanding, consequent and responsible hand.
Find a lot more useful Information about the Bull Terrier Character in this essay.

Find more Information about Bull Terrier exercise on the next page.

13 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. 🙂


  3. Good day, I would like to know if it is possible for normal bully parents to have a miniature puppy. Our puppy is 10 weeks old and weighs only 3,55kg and her shoulder hight is 6 inches. She is a very healthy, active puppy.

    • Miniature Bull Terriers are an independent breed with their own breed standard as far as I know. There are definitions for weight and height ranges for Standard Bull Terriers as well as for Miniature Bull Terriers. But that does not mean that there can’t be any exceptions in either breed.
      There are Miniature Bull Terriers that grow pretty big and beyond the defined limits. And there can be pretty tiny Standard Bull Terriers. Our last Standard was so tiny, everyone thought she was a Mini.
      That’s nature and after all tiny Standard Bull Terriers are probably how the breed of Miniature Bull Terriers started in the first place: Selecting tiny standards and mating them, repeating breeding with the resulting individuals aiming for certain heights and weights. And voila.

      At 10 weeks of age it is very hard to predict how large the grown individual will become. Look again at the age of 12 to 18 months.

      There are three factors that influence growth: genetics, health and nutrition. Puppies need a lot of calories for their growth. If your puppy is free of any health conditions but you have the impression that your puppy is always hungry, for example, then maybe increase the food intake a bit and see it that also puts on some pounds.
      I also strongly recommend the typical vaccinations and routine vet visits with the puppy. The vet can also tell you about abnormalities during those visits.
      If the pup seems normal, healthy and well nurtured, just tiny … well, then just wait the development out and see what’s to come. The result in any case will be a wonderful companion.

    • Shops sellig shoes for dogs usually provide tips on measuring the dog’s paws. The measurements are usually the basis of your order, not fixed shoe sizes by breed or so (it’s different from buying shoes for humans).
      If you are trying to buy shoes online from a shop, which does not provide instructions on how to measure for ordering the correct size my recommendation can only be: do not buy there.
      I love the Ruffwear products. Did you check those out already?
      They are at the upper end price-wise but they are worth it and their measurement instructions give you a good chance to order the correct size.
      Hope that helps.

  4. Hello I’m curious can I breed my bull Terrier girl with my miniature bull Terrier boy and if so what what it be consider ?

    • Hi George,
      if you have a male and a female nature says you could mate them.
      But, kidding aside, this is a very comprehensive topic. Therefore I would like to refer you to a Bull Terrier breeder with tons of knowledge regarding this.

      My own take on breeding, but that’s just me: First of all it is important to know that many modern dog breeds do have a lot of different genetic failures sitting deep in their DNA which are caused by crossbreeding and even inbreeding performed to create or promote certain physical features. Selective mating of certain individuals is how we came to over 400 different dog breeds today. Sadly not only features do reproduce and evolve, but so do genetic failures in many cases. The greater the extend of such genetic failures, the greater the risk for a number of ailments in the resulting dogs. These risks multiply when two individuals having such genetic failures and hereditary ailments – which sometimes the naked eye will not even notice – are being bred and so on.
      This is why it is important to prevent the reproduction at least of known failures or in other words to not breed such individuals, which is why breeding comes with large responsibility. When we play nature and mate animals we take on the responsibility of trying to produce offspring that will be able to lead a healthy life.
      Not to mention that every person who breeds dogs should be able to make sure that every puppy will land in responsible and loving hands, who are willing and able to handle the breed.
      But enough from me.

      I am very happy that you are trying to gather information on what to consider before making your decision.
      I encourage you to post your question in this forum: https://bulliesofnc.com/BTforum/categories or talk to the owner himself https://bulliesofnc.com/. His name is Steve, he is an experienced Bull Terrier breeder and I am very sure that he will have a lot of valuable information for you.
      Good luck in your endeavor.

  5. Hi, my bull terrier just turned 8 months & weighs 21.2kg & is approx 40cm in height. I was told that his mum is a standard & that his dad is a standard/mini mix. Can’t confirm this as i bought him of a backyard breeder, although his dna test states ebt on both sides all the way back to great granparents. I don’t know how accurate these tests are & wether they make any distinction between the standard & mini. My question is, can i expect him to reach the standard height of 51cm & what weight is he likely to reach once fully grown? Otherwise, he is healthy & has not the greatest or the worst of appetites. Would love to hear your thoughts, many thanks.

    • Hello Steve,
      predicting the size of your adult dog would be like looking into a crystal ball. There is hardly any reliable way to predict the final size of a puppy as far as I know.
      If you know the parents and they are both the same, either rather small or rather big, that might be an indication of how the puppy could turn out. Or if you look at former litters of the parents and how much these puppies grew. That might give you a hint.
      Maybe your vet has some ways of measuring certain features and then guess, similar to the way doctors assess the growth of human children. I do not know if such a thing also exists for dogs.
      Other than that I am afraid you will just have to wait it out.
      My girl had huge paws as a puppy, she still has. And a huge chest. And I thought she is going to grow pretty big. Turns out she didn’t.

  6. Hey , can you please help to figure out perfect weight for mini bullterrier puppy , my boys is 10 months old .

    Thank you

    • The average weight for a 10-month-old bull terrier can vary depending on factors such as sex, height, and overall health. However, on average, a male bull terrier may weigh between 45-65 pounds (20-30 kg) while a female bull terrier may weigh between 35-50 pounds (15-23 kg). It’s always best to consult with a veterinarian if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or health.

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