Miniature Bull Terrier Care

The Miniature Bull Terrier (MBT) is perfectly named: it's essentially the same dog as a regular Bull Terrier, only smaller. These dogs are comical, energetic, and strong--and their enthusiasm can lead to dominance unless trained otherwise during puppyhood. Overall Miniature Bull Terrier care won't take too much work, bu will need to include a good bit of daily exercise and some early obedience training and socialization.

Here you'll find details on caring for a Miniature Bull Terrier, including info about puppy development, exercise needs, and shedding and drooling tendencies. Get answers to your questions about raising a Miniature Bull Terrier in the following sections!

Miniature Bull Terrier Breed Development

As a small- to medium-sized breed, Miniature Bull Terrier puppy development typically spans 16-18 months from birth to full maturity. Since the breed's life expectancy averages 12 years, a senior Miniature Bull Terrier is one nine years of age or older.

Physical Development: MBT puppies grow steadily in height and length for the first 8-9 months, then those growth rates slow while the adolescent "fills out" with muscle and fat. And when do Miniature Bull Terriers stop growing? These dogs normally reach their adult height and weight (an average of 12 inches and 30 pounds) at 11-12 months of age.

Social Development: Pups reach adolescence at 5-6 months, sexual maturity at about nine months, and full mental maturity by about 17 months.

For further details on Mini Bull Terrier development, see the chart below.

(NOTE: MBTs are bold, stubborn, and enthusiastic, and will exhibit unwanted behavior like digging and destructiveness unless taught from an early age not to do so. New MBT owners will need to begin obedience training and socialization as early in puppies' lives as possible.)

Miniature Bull Terrier Exercise Needs

Overall Miniature Bull Terrier exercise requirements are fairly high. MBTs will need a variety of activities that both condition them physically (walking, fetch) and stimulate them mentally (games, canine sports). They make good jogging companions as well.

Adult MBTs will need 45-60 minutes of dedicated exercise per day. You can start exercising your MBT puppy when it's three months old by taking it on short walks, then you can increase the walks' length as the pup grows. It's also important to note that, because of their high energy and swiftly developing muscles, MBT puppies are more prone to injury than other breeds--so owners must make sure to not let their puppies overexert themselves during exercise.

Precautions with Miniature Bull Terrier exercise:

  • Don't exercise puppies too hard before they're a year old
  • A leash is required when exercising in public; leash training during puppyhood is recommended
  • Yards must be securely fenced to keep the dog from running off
  • Possible separation anxiety; exercises should be done together with people

It's important to exercise your MBT every day. Without consistent activity, these energetic dogs will become hyperactive, disobedient, and destructive--so regular exercise will be great for both the dog's and your own peace of mind! Some exercise ideas:

  • Walking/Jogging: Two 20-minute walks (or 15-minute jogs) per day is a good target
  • Fetch/Frisbee: MBTs love chasing things
  • Tug-of-War: Great indoor activity; use a rope or old towel
  • Dog Park: If well-socialized, MBTs enjoy the company of other dogs
  • Canine Sports: These dogs can excel at obedience or agility trials and other events
  • Hiking: Excellent bonding activity

When indoors, giving your MBT access to balls or toys will allow the dog to burn excess energy. It's also good to have a regular exercise schedule for the dog, such as walks or jogs after breakfast and dinner and playtime in the afternoon.

Miniature Bull Terrier Maintenance

In terms of overall maintenance, these dogs don't need a ton of care. Miniature Bull Terrier shedding is moderate year-round, and drooling is only a minor issue.

MBTs have short, glossy coats that shed a fair amount all year long. Owners will only need to brush their MBTs once or twice a week with a bristle brush or grooming glove to minimize the Mini Bull Terrier shedding, and hair cleanup--vacuuming the floors, and lint rollers on clothes and furniture--will only be necessary from time to time.

And a Mini Bull Terrier might drool a bit in anticipation of food, after drinking water, or when especially excited or nervous--but the drooling won't be heavy or frequent like that of a Saint Bernard or Bloodhound. If your Miniature Bull Terrier is drooling excessively, that might be a sign of a medical issue, in which case a veterinarian's car is needed.