Frequently Asked Questions:
were these dogs bred for?
2. What are
their personalities like?
3. Are they
easy to train?
While they can be a challenge to train, their unpredictable goofiness can be incredibly entertaining, and their eventual cooperation especially heartwarming. MBT's do best with owners who are not push-overs, who have a good sense of humor and can accept slightly less than perfect obedience. MBT's are not Shelties or Golden Retrievers, but will try hard if you do, too.
4. Are they
good with kids?
5. Are they a
Of course, the majority of MBT's live 10-12 years of healthy lives. Bonsai puppies have come from parents who have been tested and cleared for heart and kidney health, eye health and bilateral hearing, and for normal patellas and thyroid function. The gene pool of the breed is small and it is not possible to guarantee that no problems will occur, but all that is possible to be done through research and testing has been done to produce healthy Bonsai MBT pups.
6. How much do
they cost? Yikes! Why so much?
There are very few MBTs in the country and they are difficult dogs to breed. Because there are so few dogs, a bitch may need to cross the continent to meet her best possible mate. Small litters of 2-4 are the norm and unfortunately many bitches require caesareans to deliver their puppies. Some are not good mothers and need time-consuming intervention to properly rear the litter. The health testing which responsible breeders require is quite expensive, as is competing with dogs that may have to travel long distances to find majors to complete their championships. (Completing a championship, thus establishing a dog's comparative good breed type and trainability in competition before breeding, is important).
7. At least
grooming looks easy, right?
|MINIATURE BULL TERRIER FUN FACT:|
• In some parts of the
U.S., the Miniature Bull Terrier is truly a rare breed. Seventeen
states have not registered a single Mini.
California has, by far, the largest population •