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Bull-Pei (English Bulldog & Shar-Pei Mix): Info, Pictures, Characteristics & Facts

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Height: 16–18 inches
Weight: 35–65 pounds
Lifespan: 8–12 years
Colors: Black, fawn, lilac, cream, sand, red
Suitable for: Families with older children, owners who live in an apartment or without a lot of space, and owners who are looking for a dog who doesn’t need a lot of exercise.
Temperament: Loyal and loving, intelligent, easy to train, friendly, gets along with other pets

With a head that almost seems too big for their body and adorable wrinkles coming from the Shar-Pei side of their heritage, Bull-Pei dogs are adorable pups. As the result of an English Bulldog and Shar-Pei breeding, they are loyal, loving, and unique.

Bull-Peis are very strong and athletic but don’t need a lot of exercise. They are generally happy with 40 to 60 minutes per day, though most of them are happy to go longer.divider 10

Bull-Pei Puppies


If you have decided you want a Bull-Pei puppy, it’s crucial to find a reputable breeder. It’s best to do some research so that you don’t buy one from a puppy mill. Be wary of very low prices since it can mean you’re dealing with an inexperienced breeder who hasn’t carefully maintained the puppies’ health.

When you are interviewing Bull-Pei puppy breeders, find out about the parents’ health and speak with former and present clients of theirs if possible. It’s even better if you know someone who purchased a Bull-Pei from them. If you plan to buy your Bull-Pei puppy to be a show dog, you’ll need to see the credentials of their breeding pair to evaluate their capabilities and temperament.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Bull-Pei

1. They Are Noisy.

Bull-Peis will snore and bark. They’re not a dog you’ll forget is in your house.

2. They Require a Lot of Food.

You should give them 2½ – 3 cups of dry food of high quality each day.

3. They Don’t Like Weather Extremes.

They’re not safe in weather that is too hot or too cold. You need to keep the temperature temperate; you have to ensure that they’re not getting too cold during the winter or overheating during the summer.

The parent breeds of the Bull-Pei
Image Credit: Left – AndreiTobosaru, Shutterstock | Right – Ivan, Pexels

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Bull Pei

A Pull-Pei is usually calm, and they’re happiest when they’re with the family. Most Bull-Peis will get along well with children because of the English Bulldog heritage. However, some Bull-Peis will inherit the Shar-Pei’s temperament instead. Every interaction with little children must be supervised since the dog is very strong.

It’s also important to socialize the Bull-Pei early to prevent aggression and anxiety since an unsocialized Bull-Pei is more likely to lash out and act aggressively toward strangers or other animals. They are also likely to chase smaller pets in the household rather than another dog.

A Bull-Pei is relatively simple to train, even though some are more difficult and stubborn. While training, you must be consistent, patient, and firm. Training your Bull-Pei using positivity, praise, and rewards will be very effective.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

With early training and socialization, they can be extremely good when around children. They will play with the children and be loving and affectionate with them. They are also protective and will act to keep children safe.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 

The Bull-Pei can get along with dogs and other pets. However, whether they’re living with a dog or another pet, socialization is important. They won’t be immediately friendly. Make sure that you are socializing your Bull-Pei early.

Image Credit: Svetography, Shutterstock

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Things to Know When Owning a Bull-Pei

So, you have made the decision to get a Bull-Pei. Before you bring your new puppy home, we want to let you know what you should expect from your new four-legged pal. This will help the transition be a lot easier for you and for your new dog.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

The right diet for your Bull-Pei is one for medium-sized breeds. They can gain weight quickly if they’re fed too much, so make sure you stick to a regular schedule for feeding your dog and not leaving their food out throughout the day. Limit how many treats they’re given, too, and look for high-quality dog food.

Just like with any dog, your Bull-Pei’s needs will change as they get older. It’s a good idea to ask your vet what they recommend for your dog’s diet. They will consider the dog’s weight, health, energy, and age.

Exercise 🐕

Since the Bull-Pei comes from two breeds that don’t require a lot of exercise, they will be happy with a few short sessions of exercise throughout the day. They also may have problems due to the weather since they don’t do well with extreme weather. You should take precautions during exercise in weather that’s too cold or hot.


Training 🦮

Bull-Peis are pretty easy to train, although they tend to be stubborn. They are easy to housetrain, and they’re very smart. Early training and socialization will help bring out the best in your pet. Be consistent, patient, and firm when training. They respond well to rewards and praise rather than scolding and punishment, so keep that in mind when you’re training.

Grooming ✂️

A Bull-Pei will need to be groomed moderately to keep them looking good and healthy. They shed moderately throughout the year, but it will increase during their shedding time, so you will need to vacuum regularly. Hair is going to get on your furniture and clothing. Daily brushing is needed during the heavy shedding times and two to three times per week during the moderate shedding.

Bathe your Bull-Pei when needed with a dog shampoo, and make sure they’re completely dry, especially in their wrinkles. It’s also possible to use a dampened cloth to keep them clean between baths to help avoid infection. Check their ears and wipe them using a cotton ball and a solution designed for dogs once per week. You can clip their nails or take them to the groomer when they are too long.

Finally, brush their teeth at least two to three times per week.

Health and Conditions 🏥

As with most mixed breeds, a Bull-Pei may come with the same conditions that English Bulldogs and Shar-Pei face. Even though most of the dogs are healthy in general, some may have a few problems with their health. That’s why you must take your dog to the vet regularly and take good care of them.

Minor Conditions
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Skin conditions
Serious Conditions
  • Bloat
  • Cancer
  • Respiratory issues
  • Hypothyroidism

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Final Thoughts

Bull-Peis are affectionate, protective, and loving dogs. They are energetic, curious, playful, and sometimes stubborn. They can also be gentle, but sometimes they are territorial. Bull-Peis are very alert and wary of strangers until they are acquainted.

They’re loyal, brilliant, and can be great family dogs. They will get along with everybody when they have early socialization.

Bull-Peis enjoy being with their humans and are easy to train, but their stubbornness can be an issue. When you choose a Bull-Pei, you are getting a dog who will love you to death. If you are ready for this affection, you enjoy spending several years with the remarkable Bull-Pei.

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