All About the English Bulldog Pug Mix aka Bull-Pug or Miniature Bulldog

English Bulldog Pug MixThis is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Pug and the English Bulldog. It is also known as the Bull-pug or the Mini Bulldog.

Since the Miniature Bulldog’s size is relatively smaller than the traditional bulldog, some of the typical Bulldog characteristics are not evident in the mixed version.

They have a powerful and low body with broad shoulders and a pronounced head and a short, smooth coat.

This dog breed comes in a variety of different colors, the most typical being: white, brindle, fawn, red or patched.

The Bulldog was originally bred to catch bulls; however, this miniature version is calm, gentle, and has a loving nature that many cannot resist.

Miniature Bulldog Temperament

This is a kind and affectionate dog that loves to be in the company of humans. It is the perfect dog to keep as a family pet as it adores children, and because of its gentle nature, it makes a great companion and playmate.

It is a laid-back dog and does not demand a lot of attention; however, it does have the tendency to be stubborn at times.

It doesn’t require much exercise as this hybrid breed likes to lounge around and relax instead of running around outside.

They are usually great around other animals and other dogs. Typically males can show more dominate when it comes to their territory around other male dogs.

Other than that, you will have a very lovable social dog that will want to snuggle with you all day.

Height & Weight

People have a misconception that a Minature Bulldog is going to be a small tiny teacup size dog, but that is not the case.

This Bull-Pug is smaller than a traditional Bulldog, but it will still weigh more than a traditional pug.

These dogs generally grow to be between 25-40lbs (13.6-18kg) and have a height of about 12-14 inches (30-35cm).

Males are bigger weighing between 30-40 pounds while the female is 25 to 30 pounds.

Miniature Bulldog Health Problems

Miniature BulldogThis crossbreed suffers from the same kind of health problems as a Bulldog. They have a tendency to suffer from breathing problems, and quite often, these dogs are born by Caesarean section.

They have sensitive skin, and it can often become itchy and irritable. Due to excess skin, they also have a tendency to overheat; therefore, it is not advisable to keep these dogs outdoors if you live in a hot climate.

Care also needs to be taken with the Mini Bulldog and slippery surfaces. These dogs are naturally born with weaker joints, and if they slip on a surface, they could hurt themselves and cause dislocation.

To minimize the risk of your dog suffering from any hereditary health problems, you need to buy it from a reputable breeder.

The average life expectancy for the miniature Bulldog is about ten years.

Living Conditions

This dog is small and quite fragile; therefore, it needs to live in a comfortable place in the house.

The size of the dog will be perfect for people living in an apartment as this is not an issue, and it would suit people who live in small homes.

Keep your dog out of areas that are too hot so it does not overheat. They should have their own private basket or crate that is in a corner because they like to rest alone without the distraction of other things.

Miniature Bulldog Exercise

These dogs do not need much exercise at all. They are more of a lazy lay around the house dog breed.

This breed does love being outdoors, so it is a good idea to let them have a run outside for a few minutes every day.

This breed only needs thirty minutes of exercise a day. This can be in the form of walks, outside play, dog park play, and much more.

This mini Bulldog breed is sensitive to extremely hot weather. An 80-degree day may not feel hot to you, but for your dog, it can be too much.

Just keep that in mind when you take your dog out for exercise.


Miniature Bulldog

The Bull-Pug is classified in the small breed category so a high-quality small breed dog food would be perfect for this dog.

This dog breed needs around one to one and a half cups of high-quality food a day. You can choose to give your dog wet food or dry.

Your dog’s food should be broken up into at least two smaller meals throughout the day. If you can make three meals out of the food, that would be even better.

Just remember the parents of this breed the Bulldog and Pug will overeat easily so make sure you are only feeding your dog what they actually need to eat a day.

Life Expectancy of a Bulldog Pug Mix

The average lifespan of a Bulldog Pug mix can range from nine to thirteen years. Now, this is not saying your dog will live this long of a life or a short life.

Your dog’s health and parent’s health will contribute to how long your dog will be alive. Keep your dog happy and loved, and your dog will live a happy life.

Mini Bulldog Grooming

The Bull-Pug has a short coat that does not need much brushing; perhaps once a week is sufficient, and even still, this is not necessary.

They have sensitive skin; it is advisable to use a rubble bristle brush that will not hurt or irritate them.

It’s necessary to carry a spray bottle of water around to cool them down if it gets too hot, especially on long walks and car trips.

This hybrid breed does have sensitive ears, and it is advisable to place cotton wool inside them when bathing them to prevent water from going in their ears.

Origin of the Mini Bulldog

The English Bulldog was bred in England in the 1630s. They were mainly used for sport in bullbaiting.

The other parent of this hybrid breed the Pug was breed in the 1900 century China as a companion for the Royals.

When both of these breeds made their way to America, they were eventually crossbred. More pugs were here in America and less of the other breeds.

These breeds were eventually crossbred together and while no one knows exactly when this started but there was a surge in popularity over this hybrid breed in the 1980s and 1990s.

What Colors Do They Come In?

The miniature Bulldog can come in a few different colors. They are:

  • Black
  • Fawn
  • Brindle
  • Red
  • White
  • Brown

They will usually only have a brown nose and brown eyes. Sometimes you will see mini Bulldogs with blue or green eyes but this is pretty rare.

Cool Traits / Characteristics?

These dogs are not the best for training. They can learn some basics skills and tricks but you may have trouble in the beginning because of this breeds stubbornness.

This breed is exceptionally friendly with family members such as children. Even young children are great companions for your dog.

Now just remember if you bring a new baby home or dog into the picture, this breed is known to have some jealous tendencies.

Make sure you show your dog lots of love to combat that.

Good for the First-Time Owner? Training?

This makes for a great pet for all ages. Children love this dog breeds playful nature, and old people enjoy this dog for its quietness and companionship.

It is suitable for anyone who has a few hours to spare each day, although this dog does not crave as much attention as other breeds.

This breed is very laid back so if you are that type of way and want to lounge around with your dog, then this would be a good companion for you.

These dogs will work great in apartments, single-family homes, and even out in the country. They aren’t very big, so you should have no issue accommodates this breed in a small home.

Bulldog Pug Puppies

A typical litter for a Bulldog Pug mix will typically yield between five and seven puppies.

The Miniature Bulldog hybrid breed is extremely popular, so I wasn’t surprised to see the prices for puppies running super high in cost.

You can expect to spend anywhere from $1,000 to even $1,500.

Close Relatives of the Miniature Bulldog

Well as you know the Miniature Bulldog is made from breeding a Bulldog and a Pug together.

There are also some relatives that are closely similar to the Bull-Pug, they are:

5 thoughts on “All About the English Bulldog Pug Mix aka Bull-Pug or Miniature Bulldog”

  1. I own a Bullpug. She was the product of a puppy mill. Her mom was an OEB and her dad was a fawn pug. She was the only one who didn’t look like a bulldog. They docked her curly pug tail and when she was the last pup left, they were going to kill her. Thankfully, she and her mother were surrendered to the St. Louis Bulldog rescue where we adopted our Mavis. Adopt, don’t shop people!


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