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Miniature English Bulldog vs English Bulldog: What’s the Difference?

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Miniature English Bulldog vs English Bulldog

You may be wondering what the difference is between the Miniature English Bulldog and the English Bulldog. This post showcases each breed and highlights its characteristics. Whether you are looking to find a new dog or just want to educate yourself on the differences, you’ve come to the right place!Divider 8

Visual Differences

Miniature English Bulldog vs English Bulldog side by side

The Miniature English Bulldog and the English Bulldog look quite a lot alike, and their similarities are hard to miss. Both could be described as a brawny dog. They have large heads with short muzzles and large jaws—a short stature with a deep chest and barreled back is the standard for this breed.

The biggest difference is their size, which is what most people might think of when they hear the word mini.

A Quick Glance

Miniature English Bulldog
  • Average Height (adult): 13–14 inches
  • Average Weight (adult): 24–40 pounds
  • Lifespan: 10–12 years
  • Exercise: At least 40 minutes per day
  • Grooming needs: Low
  • Family-friendly: Yes
  • Dog-friendly: Yes
  • Trainability: Good
English Bulldog
  • Average Height (adult): 14–16 inches
  • Average Weight (adult): 40–54 pounds
  • Lifespan: 8–10 years
  • Exercise: At least one hour per day
  • Grooming needs: Low
  • Family-friendly: Yes
  • Dog-friendly: Yes
  • Trainability: Good

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The Miniature English Bulldog

The Miniature English Bulldog was developed in the 1980s when someone decided to cross an English Bulldog with a Pug. The American Kennel Club does not recognize this breed, and there are no standards to define Miniatures. The Pug originated in China during the Han dynasty (B.C. 206 to A.D. 200), while English Bulldogs were bred in Europe beginning in the 1200s.

Minis are friendly and affectionate and love to cuddle. As such, they do well with children, though they can become protective toward their families and not get along with other dogs. Your Mini Bulldog will be happiest if they are treated as part of the family and not left alone for long periods.

This breed is intelligent and responds to positive reinforcement when training them. Otherwise, their stubborn streak could shine. You won’t find them barking, but they will snore and grunt frequently.

Since they have short coats, they are easy to groom and require weekly brushing with occasional bathing. The biggest issue is keeping their wrinkles clean and dry to prevent skin concerns. Tear stains are also common, and cleaning them with a wet cloth once per week will help.

The highest amount of shedding occurs in the spring; otherwise, they are minimal to moderate shedders.

Diet and Nutrition

Obesity is a common problem with Miniature English Bulldogs, so it is important not to overfeed them. A diet that is well-balanced in nutrients will help keep them healthy.

miniature english bulldog
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Common Health Concerns

One of the biggest differences between the Miniature and the full size is health concerns. Miniatures have a long list of potential health problems. The most common are ventricular septal defect, aortic stenosis, dermatological issues, and generalized demodicosis. Their life span can be up to 12 years if they are cared for appropriately.

Exercise Requirements

These are not high-energy dogs, and they would prefer to lounge the day away. But it is important to provide regular exercise such as a daily walk. Due to their short legs and stature, it is difficult for them to travel long distances or move very fast.

  • Friendly and affectionate
  • Great with children
  • Easy to groom
  • Long lifespan
  • Many potential health issues
  • Not high energy
  • Prone to obesity

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English Bulldog

In the 1200s, this breed originated in the British Isles for bull baiting. The Bulldog now is different from its ancestor due to re-engineering over the years to breed out the aggression and create a more even-tempered companion. The American Kennel Club recognizes them simply as a Bulldog. They are ranked in the top five for the most popular AKC breed.

english bulldog
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You will be hard-pressed to find a kinder dog. Though they look the part, they aren’t mean and are docile and gentle. They have maintained their courage through the years and can become protective of their families and may even be aggressive with unfamiliar dogs.

They are people pleasers and do well with consistent training from a young age. Since they like to chew and can be protective over their food bowl, it is important to teach them how to behave. Positive reinforcement works well with this breed. They also have a high tendency to snore and drool.


As with the Mini, their short coats are easy to care for, and they are minimal to moderate shedders. Caring for their wrinkles is the most important factor because these areas are prone to infection.

english bulldog
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Diet and Nutrition

They can become overweight easily, so keep an eye on calorie consumption and feed the recommended amounts. Feeding them a high-quality dog food will ensure that they receive the right nutrients to stay healthy throughout their lives. Their lifespan is eight to 10 years.

Common Health Concerns

English Bulldogs can suffer from many health problems, but a few common concerns are cherry eye, dry eye, demodectic mange, and Brachycephalic Syndrome. They can overheat easily and can have trouble breathing if overly excited. Their lifespan is eight to 10 years.

Exercise Requirements

They can tolerate more exercise than miniatures, but they aren’t high-energy dogs. They enjoy walks, and it is important to keep them trim. There will be no complaints from them if you allow them to relax the day away.

  • Kind
  • Docile and gentle
  • Courageous
  • Coats are easy to care for
  • Easy to train
  • Prone to be overweight
  • Many health issues
  • Wrinkles need extra attention

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After highlighting the miniature English Bulldog versus the English Bulldog, you probably noticed that there are more similarities than differences. Essentially, the Miniature is a smaller version that doesn’t tolerate exercise as well and may be prone to more health issues.

Both breeds are kind and love their families, and they will be protective of you and remain a loyal companion.

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