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Miniature Bulldog (English Bulldog & Pug Mix): Info, Pictures, Facts

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Height: 10 – 14 inches
Weight: 25 – 40 pounds
Lifespan: 8 – 10 years
Colors: White, fawn, red, piebald, brindle
Suitable for: Apartments, families, companionship
Temperament: Relaxed, clever, social, stubborn

The Miniature Bulldog (also called a Bullpug) is a mixed breed, created by mixing the English Bulldog with the Pug. This dog has a small but muscular body and a large head. Their faces have folds of skin, and they have curly tails. Their coat can either be short and silky or short and rough, depending on which parent they take 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.

divider 10Miniature Bulldog Puppies


The Miniature Bulldog has a fairly costly price tag. 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. These tiny pups make great companions for families and if you live in an apartment. They are social but can be stubborn.

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.

Parent Breeds of the Miniature Bulldog
Photo Credit: Jumpstory

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.

Divider 4Things 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, they 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.

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.

Training 🦮

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, they will quickly lose interest in the training program for something more fun.

Grooming ✂️

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, as it 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.

Minor Conditions
  • Cherry Eye

Cherry eye is a condition that affects the dog’s third eyelid. This condition occurs when the third eyelid becomes mispositioned, resulting in a swollen, red eyelid. If your dog is affected by cherry eye, you will have the most problems while your dog is between the ages of 4 months and 2 years. Once your pet is 2, the condition seems to fade before going away completely.

  • Allergies

Allergies are another problem that can affect your pet. The reaction can be from food, shampoos, etc., or it can come trees dumping pollen in the spring. There are many things your dog might be allergic to, and you will need to distribute and new foods or treats carefully and slowly to prevent this from happening

Serious Conditions
  • Dental Disease

Dental disease is one of the most common ailments in dogs, including the Miniature Bulldog. Dental disease can lead to tooth loss as well as kidney, heart, liver, and joint problems. It can even reduce your pet’s lifespan by more than a year. Manually scrubbing our miniature Bulldogs teeth once a day, along with regular checkups, is the best way to prevent dental disease from shortening its life.

  • Pulmonic Stenosis

Pulmonic stenosis is a heart defect that is known to affect all types of Bulldog. Pulmonic stenosis occurs when part of the heart thickens and causes a blockage preventing adequate blood flow. There are a few treatments that can help, and in many cases, the vet will prescribe additional medication after the procedure.

Divider 5Male 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.

Divider 3Summary

The Miniature Bulldog is a great pet for those who are not that active or live in a smaller apartment. They adapt well to different environments, and once fully grown, they’re relaxed and spend much of the day sleeping. They also love children and 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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