Once bred to be a fighting dog, I’m an affectionate little tyke sometimes called the American Gentleman. I am a terrier, so I can be hyperactive, mischievous, and a bit stubborn—but I’m friendly and playful with everyone I meet. I am great with children, make an ideal family pet, and can be a good companion for older people.
I do need daily exercise, but given my size this can be handled with a short walk or a yard game—I love to chase balls! Be aware that I don’t tolerate heat or cold well. I’m well suited to apartment living and am okay being left alone for periods, but my sneaky antics may be too much for first-time dog owners.
I may be small at 15 to 17 inches tall and 10 to 25 pounds, but I’m muscular and sturdy. My short coat needs only occasional brushing to remove dead hairs. Take note that I do shed a lot. My coloring may be brindle, seal, or black with white markings. Many people find it hard to say no to my big, soulful eyes and expressive face.
With a life span of 10 to 14 years, I’ll be amusing your family for a long time. Although I’m not prone to any major health issues, I can develop cataracts, PDA, patellar luxation, and undersized nostrils. Deafness, hydrochephalus, esophageal achalsia, and eyelash problems can occasionally occur.