A full ring small animal PET camera (MiniPET-II) has been built in our institute as part of an R+D project. In this work we determined the performance parameters of the MiniPET-II scanner. The measurements and data evaluation for this purpose were based on the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) NU-4 standards. The spatial resolution varies between 1.4 to 2.1 mm from central to 25 mm radial distances. The system sensitivity was 1.14%. The counting rate capability, expressed in noise equivalent counting rate (NEC), was shown to peak of over 55.1 kcps at 38.9 MBq using a mouse phantom. The scatter fraction with the same acquisition was 12.3%. Evaluations of image quality and quantization accuracy were also performed using the NEMA NU-4 required image-quality phantom and animal studies. The study proved that the MiniPET-II scanner has a good imaging capability and ability to perform real animal studies.