The Miniature Bull Terrier is considered a hypoallergenic dog as they shed less than many other dogs. The Standard Bull Terrier is not considered hypoallergenic. Though no dog truly possesses zero risk of stimulating a reaction in allergic individuals, the Mini Bull Terrier is less likely to trigger allergies than other breeds.
Some Mini Bull Terriers suffer from obsessive-compulsive behaviors such as tail chasing, excessive licking, or displaying an intense attachment to specific objects. These behaviors and others may arise if an MBT is left home alone for too long, or if they are not getting enough exercise and attention. If a Mini Bull Terrier is showing signs of obsessive-compulsive behaviors, consult a veterinarian or behaviorist for management advice and assistance.
Mild neurological behaviors such as tail chasing, pacing, and spinning can be discouraged through distraction, but more frequent or severe behaviors may be a sign of a bigger problem. In extreme cases, seizure-like episodes referred to as Sudden Onset Aggression (SOA) may occur in sleeping Bull Terriers—they may wake suddenly and attempt to bite or lunge until they reach full consciousness. SOA can’t be managed through training, as these dogs aren’t aware of their behavior during the episodes, but special considerations—including crating the dog during sleep and never disturbing them—may help manage the condition. Consult your dog’s veterinarian if you suspect she has SOA.
Ghost walking or trancing is a habit some dog breeds display, and Bull Terriers lead the pack as the best known for the behavior. While dogs are trancing, they begin to creep slowly while allowing an object to touch their back or head gently. They aren’t usually quick to respond while they’re in their trance. While nobody is sure what triggers these ghost walking episodes, there may be a tactile element—the feel of a plant or tablecloth against their head or back feels so good they want to savor it. There doesn’t seem to be a neurological disorder or any concern for other behaviors popping up—but it sure does seem to make them happy.