Miniature Bull Terrier
Origin and Purpose
The Bull Terrier originated in England and is the Gladiator of the canine race.
Must be strongly built, muscular, symmetrical and active, with a keen, determined, and intelligent expression, full of fire and courage but of even temperament and amendable to discipline. Irrespective of size, dogs should look masculine and bitches feminine.
Height should not exceed 14 inches (35.5 cm). There should be an
impression of substance to size of dog. There is no weight limit. Dog
should at all times be balanced.
Coat and Colour
The coat should be short, flat, even and harsh to the touch, with a fine
gloss. The skin should fit the dog tightly. For white, pure white coat. Skin
pigmentation and markings on the head should not be penalized. For
coloured, the colour should predominate, all other things being equal,
brindle to be preferred.
The head should be long, strong and deep, right to the end of the
muzzle, but not coarse. Viewed from the front it should be egg shaped
and completely filled, its surface being free from hollows or indentations.
The top of the skull should be almost flat from ear to ear. The profile
should curve gently downwards from the top of the skull to the tip of the
nose,which should be black and bent downwards at the top. The nostrils
should be well developed. The distance from the tip of the nose to the
eyes should be perceptibly greater than that from the eyes to the top of
the skull. The underjaw should be strong. Teethshould be sound, clean,
strong, of good size, and perfectly regular with full dentition. Either a
level bite or scissors bite is acceptable. If a scissors bite, the upper front
teeth should fit in front of and closely against the lower front teeth. The
lipsshould be clean and tight. Eyes should appear narrow, obliquely
placed and triangular, well sunken, as dark as possible and with a
piercing glint. Earsshould be small, thin, and placed closely together.
The dog should be able to hold them stiffly erect, when they should point
The neck should be very muscular, long, arched, tapering from the
shoulders to the head, and free from loose skin.
The shoulders should be strong and muscular but without loading. The
shoulder blades should be wide, flat, and attached closely to the chest
wall, and should have a very pronounced backward slope of the front
edge from bottom to top. The forelegs should have the strongest type of
round quality bone and the dog should stand solidly upon them; they
should be moderately long and perfectly parallel. The elbows should be
held straight and the strong pasterns upright. The feet should be round
and compact with well-arched toes.
The body should be well rounded with marked spring of rib, and a great
depth from withers to brisket, so that the latter is nearer the ground than
the belly. The back should be short and strong with the topline level
behind the withers and arching or reaching slightly over the loin. The
underline from the brisket to belly should form a graceful upward curve.
The chest should be broad, viewed from the front.
The hind legs should be parallel viewed from behind. The thighs must be
muscular and the second thigh well developed. The stifle joint should be
well bent and the hock well angulated, with the bone to the foot short
The tail should be short, set on low. It should be carried horizontally.
Thick at the root, it should taper to a fine point.
The moving dog shall appear well knit, smoothly covering the ground
with free, easy strides and with a typical jaunty air. Fore and hind legs,
moving smoothly at the hip and flexing well at the stifle and hock with
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault
and the seriousness of the fault should be in exact proportion to its
Deafness, blue eyes.