Bull Terrier and Bull Terrier (Miniature) Association Of W.A.

BT and BTM Standard

Standards BTM & BT


Extended Breeds Standard - see link below



A breed standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament, and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function with soundness essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be mindful of features which could be detrimental in any way to the health , welfare or soundness of this breed.


Bull Terrier (Miniature)
FCI Standard No 11b   Kennel Club, London 1994




  • Group:
    Group 2 (Terriers)
  • General Appearance:
  • The Standard of the Bull Terrier (Miniature) is the same as that of the Bull Terrier with the exception of the following:

  • Sizes:

    Height: should not exceed 35.5 cms (14 ins).

    There should be an impression of substance to size of dog. There is no weight limit. Dog should

    at all times be balanced.


    Bull Terrier Breed StandardLast updated: 05 Aug 2009

    Kennel Club, London 1994

    FCI Standard No 11a

    • Group:
      Group 2 (Terriers)
    • History:
    • General Appearance:

      Strongly built, muscular, well balanced and active with a keen, determined

      and intelligent expression.

    • Characteristics:

      Courageous, full of spirit, with a fun loving attitude. A unique feature is a downfaced,

      eggshaped head. Irrespective of size dogs should look masculine and bitches feminine.

    • Temperament:

      Of even temperament and amenable to discipline. Although obstinate is

      particularly good with people.

    • Head And Skull:

      Head long, strong and deep right to end of muzzle, but not coarse. Viewed from front

      eggshaped and completely filled, its surface free from hollows or indentations.

      Top of skull almost flat from ear to ear. Profile curves gently downwards from top of skull

      to tip of nose which should be black and bent downwards at tip. Nostrils well developed

      and underjaw deep and strong.

    • Eyes:

      Appearing narrow and triangular, obliquely placed, black or as dark brown as possible

      so as to appear almost black, and with a piercing glint. Distance from tip of nose to

      eyes perceptibly greater than from eyes to top of skull. Blue or partly blue undesirable.

    • Ears:

      Small, thin and placed closed together. Dog should be able to hold them stiffly erect,

      when they point straight upwards.

    • Mouth:

      Teeth sound, clean, strong, of good size, regular with a perfect regular and complete

      scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

      Lips clean and tight.

    • Neck:

      Very muscular, long, arched, tapering from shoulders to head and free from loose skin.

    • Forequarters:

      Shoulders strong and muscular without loading. Shoulder blades wide, flat and held

      closely to chest wall and have a very pronounced backward slope of front edge from

      bottom to top, forming almost a right angle with upper arm. Elbows held straight and

      strong, pasterns upright. Forelegs have strongest type of round, quality bone, dog

      should stand solidly upon them and they should be perfectly parallel. In mature dogs

      length of foreleg should be approximately equal to depth of chest.

    • Body:

      Body well rounded with marked spring of rib and great depth from withers to brisket,

      so that latter nearer ground than belly. Back short, strong with backline behind withers

      level, arching or roaching slightly over broad, well muscled loins. Underline from brisket

      to belly forms a graceful upward curve. Chest broad when viewed from front.

    • Hindquarters:

      Hindlegs in parallel when viewed from behind. Thighs muscular and second thighs

      well developed. Stifle joint well bent and hock well angulated with bone to foot short and strong.

    • Feet:

      Round and compact with well arched toes.

    • Tail:

      Short, set on low and carried horizontally. Thick at root, it tapers to a fine point.

    • Gait/Movement:

      When moving appears well knit, smoothly covering ground with free, easy strides and

      with a typical jaunty air. When trotting, movement parallel, front and back, only converging

      towards centre line at faster speeds, forelegs reaching out well and hindlegs moving smoothly

      at hip, flexing well at stifle and hock, with great thrust.

    • Coat:

      Short, flat, even and harsh to touch with a fine gloss. Skin fitting dog tightly. A soft textured

      undercoat may be present in winter.

    • Colour:

      For White, pure white coat. Skin pigmentation and markings on head not be penalised.

      For Coloured, colour predominates; all other things being equal, brindle preferred. Black, brindle,

      red, fawn and tri-colour acceptable. Tick markings in white coat undesirable.

      Blue and liver highly undesirable.

    • Sizes:

      There are neither weight nor height limits, but there should be the impression of maximum

      substance for size of dog consistent with quality and sex.

    • Faults:

      Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness

      with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its

      effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

    • Notes:

      Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.









Contact Details

BT and BTM Association of WA Inc
Perth, WA, Australia
Phone : 0408636334
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