Thinking about getting a new puppy, but you can’t decide between a Pug or a Bulldog? In this article, we’ll be looking at the Pug English Bulldog mix to help you understand what it is and what it takes to raise a crossbreed pup.
What Is A Pug And English Bulldog Mix
Basically, it is a designer breed that was developed by crossing a purebred English Bulldog with a purebred Pug. Designer dogs are becoming more and more popular because it allows people to adopt or buy a dog with the genes of both the parents.
Both dogs are adorable, especially, as puppies. In fact, you can read this article to read about the Pug vs English bulldog to learn about the differences and similarities.
In this article, we’ll just be looking at what you should expect if you get a Pug mix with bulldog. We’ll take a look at:
- The appearance of the BullPug
- Ease of Trainability
- Nutrition Requirements
- Exercise Requirements
- Grooming Requirements
- Living Conditions
- Where to Get One
- Puppy Pictures (after all who doesn’t love puppies?)
Okay, let’s get started learning about the Bull-Pug. Read this article to find out about some of the popular Pug hybrids.
What Is An English Bulldog Pux Mix Called?
This breed is commonly referred to as a “Bull Pug.” However, it is also referred to as the miniature bulldog or Mini-Bulldog. You’ll see later on this article why it’s called this and how it closely resembles both parents.
The English Bulldog Cross Pug will typically weigh between 20 and 45 pounds and will most likely be about 12-16 inches in height.
Some of the characteristics of this pooch are:
- Broad shoulders
- Medium muzzle
- Black eyes
- Curled tail (folded over its hip)
Like it’s parents, it will have short stocky bodies that are very powerful, broad shoulders with large heads.
When you opt for a designer dog, it’s hard to know what you’ll be getting. After all, you never know which parent the pup will inherit most of its genes from.
Average Life Expectancy of The BullPug
This breed has an average life span of 9-13 years. As an owner, you can improve their chances of a longer lifespan with proper health, diet, and exercise.
BullPug Inherits Genes From English Bulldog
If the BullPug inherits most of its genes from the English Bulldog Parent, then you can expect them to have straight, short, fine-textured, smooth and glossy hair.
You’ll still have to deal with some shedding, but Bulldogs do not shed as much as Pugs. You probably won’t notice their hair on your furniture or on the ground, but you will see it on your dark clothing.
Bull-Pug Inherits Pug Genes
You can expect your BullPug to have more hair, and quite a bit more shedding issues, Pugs, tend to shed quite a bit. Read this article to learn about the Pug.
Their coat won’t look a lot different.
This breed will come in the common colors of:
However, it won’t be unusual to see some brindle, red, or patched ones as well.
Like the parent breed, you can expect the miniature bulldog to be extremely stubborn and challenging to train. This breed will learn better with positive reinforcement training, so make sure you have plenty of treats.
If the pup takes after the Pug, he/she will be intelligent, but gets bored easily and quickly. A Pup that inherits more of the English Bulldog genes will be less bright and willful.
Either way, they won’t do well with harsh training and will need an owner who is patient and consistent with regular training.
Start training and socializing as early as possible to ensure your BullPug becomes a well-developed dog.
The English Bulldog and Pug mix is a small dog that is prone to obesity, therefore, you should feed it a high-quality food and ensure you do not overfeed them.
If you get a puppy, these high-quality puppy foods will be best. Once they become an adult, you can switch to an adult dog food.
Choose foods that contain the proper amounts of protein, minerals, carbohydrates, and vitamins to help them live a healthy lifestyle.
If you opt for a homemade diet, choose vegetables that are good for dogs such as sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, and broccoli. You can also feed them fruits like bananas, apples and etc.. which can be great for dogs.
Regardless of what type of food you choose for your four-legged friend. The most important thing to remember is everything should be given in moderation and you should always consult your veterinarian before putting your doggie on a new diet regime.
The English Bulldog Mix Pug does not require a lot of exercise. Like both parents, it will do fine with a quick 30-minute walk on a daily basis.
This breed will be happy spending the day on snoring on the couch. It’s important to remember to exercise them in the early morning or the evening.
If you can’t take them for a walk, they will be fine running around in the backyard. (just make sure you have a good fence)
This Brachycephalic dog breed will not do well in the extreme heat. You’ll want to carry around a bottle of water or portable dog water bowl to help them stay cool.
Every dog regardless of the breed will require regular brushing and grooming. This breed will have short hair that will need a good brushing at least once a week.
Like its parents, they will most likely have sensitive skin and will require a good grooming brush that will not irritate them.
Due to its small size and docile temperament, the BullPug will be fine living in a small, duplex, or apartment. Basically, they will be fine living in small living spaces.
This pooch will do better living indoors. A brachycephalic dog is known to have several health issues and breathing problems that can be triggered by extremely hot temperatures.
You’ll want to invest in a crate with a comfortable bed to give them a place of their own where they can retreat to when they want time alone.
Like both parents, the Pug Bulldog Mix will make a great pet due to its docile temperament. A puppy will have a playful nature that children will love.
As the dog ages, it will calm down and become a quiet dog that doesn’t bark a lot. This pooch will require some attention, so be ready to spoil it with belly rubs, and baby talk.
Both parents love their human families and want to spend as much time as possible with them.
You’ve most likely seen those videos of bulldogs skating and surfing with their humans.
How Much Is The Miniature BullPug
You can expect to pay around $500 to $2000 for one, depending on the breeder and the puppy’s conformation to the breed standard.
If you buy one that has “champion bloodlines” then you can expect to pay quite a bit more.
Regardless of where you buy one, always do your due diligence and make sure you ask for the health history of both parents.
You NEVER want to buy any puppy from a puppy mill.
As a pet owner, you need to consider other costs that pertain to owning a half Pug half English Bulldog, such as; pet insurance, new puppy supplies.
You also need to consider the new puppy costs such as neutering, deworming, vaccinations, crate, leash and harness, canine seat belt (to safely transport your puppy in your vehicle), flea and tick prevention, and etc.
Where to Get A English Bulldog Mix Pug?
Like most designer dogs, the BullPugs are becoming more and more popular, so you should be able to find a breeder in your area.
You’ll need to spend some time surfing the Internet for breeders in your area that sell designer dogs. Here’s a great site to start searching for your new puppy.
It will take some patience to find the right BullPug for you and your family, but something like this should never be rushed.
English Bulldog Pug Mix Pictures
I’ve found some half Pug half Bulldog puppy pictures on Pinterest to help you see what these dogs look like. One thing you’ll notice about the Pug bulldog mix puppies, is they are extremely adorable.
Here’s a picture of an English Bulldog mixed with Pug and as you can see, it has a pretty unique brindle color.
They are adorable as puppies and will make a great dog for any family. Just know that they are predisposed to have several health issues, so you need to be aware of it.
Final Word On The English Bulldog Cross Pug
Choosing a dog for your family is a big decision, especially, if you’re considering a mixed breed. The Bulldog Mix Pug is a gentle dog, however, you need to understand that they may have more health problems than their parents.
I personally spent 16 years living with a black Pug (Mindy), and I can tell you that she lived a relatively healthy life. However, as she entered her senior years, we started noticing several health issues.
If you’re set on getting a small breed dog, then you need to consider all the pros and cons of owning a Bulldog mixed with Pug. There are several other small dog breeds that do not suffer from the structural issues you’ll find on the BullPug.
However, if your heart is set on getting this dog, just make sure you can provide the love and attention that they will need. I have no doubt that you and your family will have a loyal loving dog for several years.
Related Articles to Help You Find Pug Mixed Dogs
References and Further Reading
Ryan R, et ai. “Prevalence of Thoracic Vertebral Malformations in Pugs, French Bulldogs, and English Bulldogs.
ACVS – Brachycephalic Syndrome
Your Purebred Puppy – English Bulldogs: What’s Good About Em, What’s Bad About Em.
American Canine Association