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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, owners, who are looking for a dog who doesn’t need a lot of exercise.
Temperament: Loyal & 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 a cute looking dog to have. The result of an English Bulldog and Shar-Pei breeding, these dogs are loyal, loving, and medium-sized, with a simply fascinating look.

Bull-Peis are very strong and athletic but don’t need a lot of exercise. They are generally happy with 40-60 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 important to find a reputable breeder from which to buy your pup. It’s best to do some research so that you don’t buy one from a puppy mill. Be wary of very low prices as this can mean you’re dealing with an inexperienced breeder that hasn’t carefully checked the puppies’ health and wellbeing.

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 of someone who has purchased a Bull-Pei from them personally. This way you know that you are getting the right information from them.

If you are planning to buy your Bull-Pei puppy to be a show dog, you’ll want 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 breed that you’re going to 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 good in weather that is too hot or too cold. You need to keep the temperature very temperate or you have to ensure that they’re not getting too cold during the winter or overheating during the summer.

The parent breeds of Bull-Pei
The parent breeds of Bull-Pei: Left – English Bulldog (AndreiTobosaru, Shutterstock) | Right – Shar-Pei (Ivan, Pexels)

Temperament & Intelligence of the Bull Pei 🧠

A Pull-Pei is usually placid, and the breed is happiest when they’re with the family. They’re generally a confident breed and they can become a bit territorial. The majority of Bull-Peis will get along quite well with children because of their English Bulldog part of the breed. That being said, Shar-Pei’s aren’t always that great with children. Some of the Bull-Pei’s will inherit the Shar-Pei’s temperament instead. Every interaction with little children needs to be supervised as this breed is very powerful.

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

A Bull-Pei is often fairly simple to train, even though some are more difficult and stubborn. While training, 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 it’s 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 should be for medium-sized breeds. They often will gain weight if they’re fed too much, so make sure you’re sticking 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 a high-quality dog food.

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

This will all help them to make the right recommendation for your Bull-Pei.

Exercise 🐕

Since the Bull-Pei is made up of two breeds that don’t require a lot of exercise, a Bull-Pei 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 really cold or really 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 the Bull Pei. 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 help them to stay looking good and healthy. They will shed moderately throughout the year, but this 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 2-3 times per week during the moderate shedding.

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

Finally, brush his teeth 2-3 times per week.

Health and Conditions ❤️

As it is with most mixed breeds, a Bull-Pei may come with the same types of 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 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. These dogs can also be gentle, although sometimes they are territorial. Bull-Peis are very alert and are wary of strangers until they are acquainted with them.

Bull-Peis are 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 easy to train, although sometimes their stubbornness will come out. The biggest thing you want to do is to make sure you’re socializing them early. This will make a huge difference if you have other pets or you have visitors often.

When you choose a Bull-Pei, you are getting a dog who is loyal, smart, and who will love you to death. If you are ready for this affection, then you may just want to get a Bull-Pei.

Featured Image Credit: David Charles Cottam, Shutterstock

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