For over 100 years, small bull terriers have appeared in litters and these delightful
miniatures gained some attention. You even had toy bull terriers, that were recorded
as weighting 9 pounds or less. Even Mr. Hinks showed a bull terrier in the under
10 pounds class at the international dog show in 1863, the first show at which a
miniature ‘’ class was scheduled. In the 1900’s all bull terrier types were shown
in the same class, it wasn’t till 1948 that there was a real mini champion. In the
early years there was a weight limit of only 12 pounds, in 1938 there a group of
enthusiasts under the chairmanship of Col. Richard Glynn met to form the miniature
bull terrier club, which petitioned The kennel club with a principal objective of
guaranteeing classes for miniature bull terriers, under 14 inches at the shoulder,
and a weight limit of 20 pounds, which was acknowledged in 1939. In the 1950’s /
1960’s the weight restriction was dropped, which resulted in the standard that is
in place today.
The show standard of the mini’s is 14 inches, however nowadays you see a lot of ‘oversized'
miniatures. The sizes within the mini breed vary from 12 inches (30 cm) till about
17,5 inches (44 cm) These oversized mini’s usually won’t be champions but can be
bred with to a smaller mini to get a good posture and continue a good healthy line
of miniature bull terriers.