10 – 14 inches
25 – 40 pounds
8 – 10 years
White, fawn, red, piebald, brindle
Apartments, families, companionship
Relaxed, clever, social, stubborn
The Miniature Bulldog (also called a Bullpug) is a mixed breed, created by mixing the English Bulldog with the Pug. It has a small but muscular body and a large head. Their faces have folds of skin, and it has a curly tail. Their coat can either be short and silky or short and rough, depending on which parent it takes after.
The Miniature Bulldog is energetic as a puppy but relaxes and becomes lazy as an adult. They are intelligent and often like to cause mischief. They also tend to follow you around from room to room to stay right at your feet at all times.
Miniature Bulldog Puppies – Before You Buy…
How Much Do Miniature Bulldog Puppies Cost?
The Miniature Bulldog usually costs between $800 and $1200, and several factors determine the final cost, including the quality of the breeder and the parents. A good breeder can help reduce the chance that your pet will suffer a genetic disorder later in life. The breeder may also run expensive tests to make sure the selective breeding was successful. The original price of the parents can also raise or lower the cost as can the size of the litter.
Additional costs may include food, treats, toys, shots, flea and tick medication, and regular checkups, to name a few.
3 Little-Known Facts About the Miniature Bulldog
1. Bullpugs have a history in the Whitehouse.
Two separate presidents, Calvin Coolidge and Warren G. Harding had the Bulldog parent in the Whitehouse
2. Bulldogs almost became extinct.
The Bulldog parent almost went extinct after the Bullbaiting fighting sport was outlawed
3. Pugs are ancient royalty.
You can trace Pug parents back to ancient China where it served many rulers.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Miniature Bulldog
The Miniature Bulldog can have a mischievous side much like its Bulldog parent. However, they are usually quite happy and content to lay around on the couch with a family member and watch television. They don’t usually bark, and when they do, it’s often a sign that they are bored or desire attention. They are very loving and often put on comedy routines to entertain their master.
Are These Dogs Good for Families?
The Miniature Bulldog is great for families of all sizes, and they especially love playing with children and clowning around to make them laugh. They rarely bark so they won’t be waking you up each night and they don’t require excessive amounts of exercise, so they are also great for small, city apartments.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?
The Miniature Bulldog gets along well with other animals, and early socialization, when they are young, will help ensure that you minimize lengthy introductions and the getting to know each other period. Once they are fully grown, they are often far too lazy to care about any other pets.
Things to Know When Owning a Miniature Bulldog
Let’s go over some of the things you should think about before you purchase a Miniature Bulldog.
Food and Diet Requirements
Despite being a Miniature Bulldog, it can still be large when fully grown, weighing up to 40 pounds. Most experts recommend a dry kibble for your pet’s regular diet because it’s a complete, well-balanced meal, and it also helps to clean your dog’s teeth. Look for brands that don’t have any chemical preservatives in them and also avoid products with the word meat byproducts in them.
Follow the instructions on the bag for feeding and split the daily allowance over several meals.
Daily Exercise Requirements
The Miniature Bulldog is active as a puppy but will quickly switch to a life of sleeping on the couch or porch for hours at a time. Very little additional exercise is required, and you don’t want to push them too hard because the scrunched-in face makes it harder for them to breathe correctly.
It’s important to train the Miniature Bulldog at a young age because once they are fully grown, they become extremely lazy and tend to lose interest quickly. Positive reinforcement training is the preferred method, which means to shower your pet with praise and treats. Consistency in training method, as well as the time of day, is also critical to the success of your training. Dogs have poor short-term memory and require repeated attempts to move something into their long-term memory.
Never scold your dog or act negatively during a training session, and that includes your posture and facial expressions as your dog is an expert at reading them. If your pet feels it does not please you, it will quickly lose interest in the training program for something more fun.
A Miniature Bulldog has a short-haired coat that is easy to maintain. You will only need to brush your pet once a week and give an occasional bath if you smell an odor, or they get something on them.
You will also need to brush the teeth regularly to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and you will also need to trim their nails every few weeks to keep them from scratching the floors while they walk, and will help them walk more comfortably.
Health and Conditions
Most mixed breeds have fewer health problems than purebreds due to selective breeding. However, there are still quite a few health hazards that may concern you. We’re going to look at them here.
Male vs Female
The male and female Miniature Bulldog stand about the same height, but the male is often about 10 pounds heavier. Other than the weight difference, there is no real discernable difference between the two.
The Miniature Bulldog is a great pet for those that are not that active or live in a smaller apartment. It adapts well to different environments, and once it’s fully grown, it’s relaxed and spends much of its day sleeping. It also loves children, and it will spend many hours playing and acting like a clown.
We hope you have enjoyed this quick look at the English Bulldog and Pug mix and have found some endearing qualities that attract you to this breed. If you learned something new and we have helped you find a new pet, please share this guide to the Miniature Bulldog on Facebook and Twitter.
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