ALL ABOUT MINIATURE BULL TERRIERS: CUTE AND POWERFUL
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– Hi, my name’s Sandy Lindstedt,
and my kennel name is Triumph Mini Bulls.
I’ve always liked the bull
terrier and mini bulls.
I had Great Danes at the time,
and I’d gone to the pound
with a friend of mine
’cause he was getting a dog,
and I saw this white bull terrier,
and absolutely had to have him.
I named him Ziggy, brought him home.
He was my very first
Bull Terrier experience,
and he was just such a
cool, neat, little dog.
Not little, but 50, 60 pounds.
And after the Great Danes passed away,
he got a little lonely,
so I figured I would
check out the Mini Bull.
Loved the breed, loved the energy.
Wanted something in a smaller package.
So I was searching for a Mini Bull,
and happened to find one in Hungary,
and she came out here,
she was gonna be my pet,
and friend for Ziggy,
and we fell into the show world.
So we started showing,
and I don’t know, it was a lot of fun.
We met a lot of great people,
you know traveling around, going to shows,
a lot of training, a lot of fun.
I had a mentor in the beginning
that you know taught me
a lot about the breed,
and then I decided to breed Mila
when she was I think two.
63 days, 65 days later
we had seven puppies.
(laughs) So, it was just a really,
a really amazing experience.
They were just, you know, little
bundles of joy everywhere,
they’re pretty amazing.
And most of them got placed
into wonderful homes,
including one that lives
with my mom in Canada.
The next one was Piper.
I was looking to get another female.
I wasn’t sure if I was
gonna breed Mila again,
and there’s a breeder in
Germany, Stephanie Preugschat.
Her kennel name is Bullcreeks.
So we arranged, I flew out there,
and fell in love with
Piper and brought her home.
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The Mini Bull is a typical terrier,
really courageous, outgoing,
feisty, full of fire.
They always keep you busy,
but I think the Mini Bull
is definitely on its own.
You need a lot of patience.
They’re extra courageous,
they’re extra bull-headed.
You know, they don’t hear
you most of the time,
only when they want to.
In the standard, they’re supposed to be
10 to 14 inches high,
weigh like 25 to 28 to 35 pounds.
They’re extremely comical,
They’re just full of fire
and they just make you laugh everyday.
They’re really pretty amazing little dogs.
The breed’s working purpose are ratters.
Many of them are very prey-driven,
which makes them really fabulous ratters.
The difference between the Bull Terrier
and the Miniature Bull Terrier,
you know, it’s a big power
punch in a smaller package.
With my experience of having
my two bull terriers now,
Cherry being the only one,
and then the rest of the Mini’s.
God, they’re both still full of energy,
and a little nutty, and comical,
and you know, the Mini’s
are the smaller package.
The Mini Bull Terrier is a great pet,
but I feel you need an active lifestyle,
and more than anything, a lot of patience.
Loads of patience.
They need a lot of
discipline, but a lot of love.
A lot of discipline,
firm but in a loving way.
Their feelings tend to get hurt,
and you need a lot of time.
You can’t just put the dog in the cradle
in the day and go to work.
They need a lot of constant attention,
and love, and discipline.
I typically like to place my puppies
with an experienced dog owner,
but if you’re committed to the breed,
and are going to be
around and can discipline,
and can research the breed,
obviously before you even
look into this breed,
they’re extremely challenging.
Really, really challenging.
And if you’re dedicated
enough, and around enough,
I think you might be able
to make it with this breed.
(giggles) But if you’re not around much,
and have no experience with dogs,
it may not be the best breed for you.
So a thing that these Bull Terriers
and Mini Bull Terriers do is trancing.
It’s really interesting.
They’ll walk slowly, their
eyes are glazed over.
They usually walk under a bush.
The bush is touching their back,
and they’re just completely glazed over.
And they can do that for
a minute, five minutes,
and they just trance.
If you’re not familiar with
it, it’s the oddest thing.
It’s really odd.
My first bull terrier before I
knew anything about trancing,
would do it in a black car,
and I thought, “What’s he doing?
“Is he looking at himself?
What is this dog doing?”
But it’s trancing,
and its just a little crazy
characteristic that they have.
The type of living
situation for the Mini Bulls
I think is, it could be
pretty much anything.
You could live in a house.
I think an apartment would be fine.
As long as you have
enough time for this dog,
and to exercise it, and to walk it,
and to just play with it
and have a lot of time,
I think any home situation could be great.
I recommend if you do have a yard,
it must be completely secured.
These guys can find a
way to get out anywhere.
They will dig their way under.
Some of them are more
prey-driven than others.
They can dig, they can
jump over the fence.
It just needs to be really, really secure,
and always, always have them on leash.
You don’t know what, a rat, a mouse,
anything, a squirrel could come by,
and I know with one of mine,
she’s so incredibly prey-driven,
she would be gone.
Another good point about the
living situation is pools.
These guys tend to sink, so
they can drown so easily.
So anyone with a pool,
I recommend having some sort
of barrier or fencing around it
or being supervised a hundred percent.
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This breed can be interesting
with dealing with other animals,
and people, and what not.
A lot of it is temperament.
My first Bull Terrier, we had a cat,
so he was absolutely fine with the cat.
He grew up with the cat,
he lived with the cat.
They were fine.
My Mini Bull on the other hand,
when she came in, the cat
had already passed away,
so she hasn’t grown up with a cat,
but if a cat came by,
she’d probably wanna chase it.
I don’t think she’d eat
it, but she’d chase it.
But it can be a little iffy.
I recommend if you have other animals,
bring that dog in as a puppy,
so they can all acclimate together.
So this breed obviously have
a really good temperament.
Mine have always been
very good around people,
and other animals so far.
With Mila, she would
absolutely be passive,
and roll over for every
dog or person she met.
Samson is a little more aloof,
so it’s very important to
socialize and train this breed.
I feel like just like any breed, also,
but these guys do
actually need extra time,
and extra socialization,
and it’s just important to do,
all your puppies, get ’em around as many,
obviously when all their
shots have been administered,
and what not, but get them around as many
different people, different animals,
Like with my puppies,
from the very beginning,
from when they can start hearing,
I play all sorts of different sounds.
There’s all sorts of apps
and everything that we do.
Kids crying, or kids
playing, babies crying.
I throw pots and pans around,
and I run the blender.
I run my Sodastream.
I, you know, jump up
and down on the floor.
I play music.
I’m just trying to get them acclimated
to as many different things as possible.
They built a lot of confidence,
and it just enables them to be comfortable
in other surroundings.
This breed is definitely
not easy to train.
Hence the so much time, so
much love, so much patience.
Loads of patience.
You know, I always do puppy classes,
and training classes with all my dogs,
and they could get it in five minutes,
and be great with it, and a week later,
they’ve forgotten everything
you’ve taught them.
Even if you work with them every day.
They’re just so bull-headed and funny.
They just one minute,
they’ll do anything
and everything for you,
and the next minute, they’ll ignore you.
So the grooming for this
breed is pretty easy.
That’s what I love most.
You can brush them once or twice a week.
They have a short, flat, harsh coat.
Should be glossy.
But it’s super easy to
groom. Super, super easy.
Bathing them is fine, brushing them,
you know, taking care of their teeth,
I dremel their nails.
So the health issues for this
breed are heart, kidneys,
PLL, which is Primary Lens Luxation,
something new called LAD,
which is Lethal Acrodermatitis,
which thankfully we just got
a test for it in January,
so we can test all of our animals,
and any responsible breeder
should be testing everything
before having litters.
Making sure both the dame
and the sire are both tested.
Life expectancy of this breed
is probably 11 to 15 years.
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Samson is the only male I
have in my house right now.
He’s a white, Miniature Bull Terrier.
He is a guest from Germany.
His full name is Bullcreek’s Bombastic.
He comes from a breeder
and he’s temporarily on loan here,
and I’ve just fallen in love with him.
He’s on the bigger side of being a Mini,
but he’s just gorgeous.
Loads of bone, he’s
probably about 45 pounds,
maybe 16 inches high.
And just a lot of personality,
and just the best temperament ever.
Samson has a lot of European titles,
and we are currently working on
getting his championship here.
I think we have 13 points
towards his championship.
Mila, she’s from Hungary.
Her full name is Eger Vari Mini Lady Gaga.
I didn’t name her, but
she just turned six.
She’s about 33 pounds,
and about 14 and three-quarters high.
She’s my very first Mini,
and my second bully breed.
Mila’s a grand champion.
She’s got her Rally Novice.
She also has her Canine Good Citizen,
and her Advanced Canine Good Citizen.
Piper is also from Germany.
She came from Bullcreeks
and Stephanie Preugschat.
She just turned one.
We’ve been working on her championship,
and we’re almost there.
She’s got her majors, and
almost a championship.
She’s, I haven’t measured her,
but I think she’s about 14 inches,
and she’s about 29 pounds.
Cherry, who is Notorious
Little Red Corvette at Triumph,
she is my second Bull Terrier,
first Bull Terrier show dog.
I flew up to Massachusetts,
to some friends, Phil and Amy Jaspers.
Just really wanted to fly out
there and learn from them,
’cause they’ve been doing this
a really, really long time.
And so I went out there
with no intention of getting a dog,
and absolutely fell in love with Cherry,
and brought her home
and started showing her.
She’s about 52 pounds,
and she actually is a champion,
and we’re working on her grand champion.
This breed is absolutely amazing.
I’m just in love with them.
I fell into showing almost five years ago,
and God, what an amazing hobby.
I’ve met so many incredible people.
I’ve been able to spend
all this time with my dogs.
We travel, you know, we do fun stuff,
like barn hunting, lure coursing,
and just the show aspect,
and meeting the people aspect.
It’s brought a lot of joy to my life,
and I’m really thankful
that I found this breed.
They’re just, they make my life.
They just enrich it so much more,
and this breed is just so amazing.