The Reverse Side of a Magnifying Glass

We would be hard pressed to improve upon the phrase crafted by Dr. Bonnie Wilcox and the talented writer, Chris Walkowicz, to describe the Miniature Bull Terrier: “The Miniature Bull Terrier is all the fire and clowning of its larger version seen through the reverse side of a magnifying glass. The description appears in their book, The Atlas Of Dog Breeds

Like its larger version, the MBT is the only other breed in the world with an egg-shaped head and triangular eyes. Like his quart-sized counterpart, this pint sized Bully likes to sit on his haunches in a position known as the “bully sit,” as well as project his hind legs behind him making him look like a torpedo (most of us call this position, “frog legs,” though according to the breed club, it’s properly known as a “sploot”).

The Miniature Bull Terrier is not a new breed! Breeders started to work on miniaturizing Bull Terriers shortly after the 1830s, and by 1914, there was a range of weight defined (it was 12 pounds). Sadly, Minis were falling in numbers less than ten years later.  The weight limit was “upped” to 18 pounds with the thinking that breeders would expand the gene pool of their breeding dogs.

But why was a smaller version of the Bull Terrier desired in the first place? It wasn’t a fashionable whim. The goal was to create a smaller version of Bull Terrier that would act as an above-ground ratter, and it worked. Breeders developed a breed that was a similar to the Bull Terrier in every way but size.

Image: Miniature Bull Terrier by Chris Butler is available as wall art, home decor and life style items here: We know you love your terrier, so show your support with National Purebred Dog Day’s “No Guts No Glory” Terrier hat available here.


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