One of the most popular breeds that have recently come out and that people are looking for is the Bulldog Pug mix. This seriously cute breed has been attracting attention because of their adorable personality, affectionate nature, and wrinkly face. This hybrid breed has been recognized internationally and is really sought-after by people who want a slightly smaller dog that is very adorable and that has a lot of spunk. This mixed breed can come from the mix of the parental lines of the French Bulldog or the English Bulldog, both of which bring their sweetness and excitability to the mix. And while the Pug adds the affection and flair, this mix is ideal for any kind of household that’s looking for a lovable pet.
Bulldog Pug Mix Facts
|Weight||American Bulldog Pug mix: up to 60 pounds
French Bulldog Pug mix: 20 to 25 pounds
English Bulldog Pug mix: 25 to 45 pounds
|Height||American Bulldog Pug mix: 16 to 20 inches
French and English Bulldog Pug mix: 11 to 16 inches
|Size||American Bulldog Pug mix: Medium
French and English Bulldog Pug mix: Small
|Coat||Straight, short, and soft|
|Colour||Varies, from brown, black, to apricot|
|Ears||Varies, from floppy to standing straight|
|Temperament||Docile, friendly, affectionate|
|Life expectancy||10 to 13 years|
The Bulldog Pug Mix is a Hybrid Dog Breed
Choosing the perfect pet is a very important decision that everyone has to think through. This decision has to be based on your economical condition, your time availability, the size of your home, and more. But the hardest thing to do is know what to look for. There are so many breeds of dogs out there (note) that it can be hard to choose what is the best one for you. That’s why you should always have as much information as you can about the breed that interests you and then think deeply if that breed is the right one for you.
5 Reasons Why you Should Get a Bulldog Pug Mix
- They are very social: The Bulldog Pug mix is an extremely social breed, which is a trait that has been inherited by both of the parent lines. They love to spend time with their family as well as playing with other animals. They’re very playful and they’re great pets for children. This breed of dog particularly loves being included in social situations, so park visits or playdates make them very happy.
- Their loyalty is endless: One of the prime characteristics that this adorable breed has is that they’re extremely loyal to their owners and those whom they consider family. The Bulldog Pug mix will be by your side regardless of the situation and are often very attached to the people in their home. They’re very protective and will stand by you no matter what. This breed is a very good guardian dog and they will defend their family with their life if they have to.
- Very intelligent: The Bulldog Pug mix is known to have inherited a high intelligence and alertness from both of their parent lines. They love being the center of attention, so they flourish in families that spend a lot of time with their pets and who love to include them in all of their activities. Their intelligence also makes them fantastic watchdogs, as they will alert their owners to any possible intrusion to their home.
- They are easy to groom: Even though they are not hypoallergenic dogs, the Bulldog Pug mix has a rather short coat that allows them to be easily groomed. They don’t require the same maintenance that other mixed breeds do (note), which allows their owners to be more versatile with their baths and cleaning routines. This will work particularly well with families who do not have easy access to a grooming specialist or who just rather to the grooming themselves at home.
- An ideal pet for children: Even though the Bulldog Pug mix is very playful, one of its best qualities is that they’re very docile. They love to play when someone is encouraging them, but can also be very lowkey and calm when the environment demands it. They’re ideal for children of all ages because they can adjust to the age of the child and behave accordingly, going from very excited to rather chill in the blink of an eye.
5 Reasons Why You Should Not Get a Bulldog Pug Mix
- They don’t like being alone: Even though most owners would agree that an affectionate dog is a positive thing, unfortunately, one downside of this trait is that they can get easily attached. The Bulldog pug mix is an excellent dog to have around but they can develop high levels of anxiety if left alone for a any periods of time, so they’re usually recommended for families who can and will spend a lot of time with their dog.
- Anxiety = Behavior issues: Even though they are very well-behaved dogs overall, The Bulldog pug mix can develop some behavioral issues stemmed from their anxiety. These issues can come in many forms, but the most common can be damaging goods around the house, biting furniture, or breaking things to seek the attention of their humans. While these issues can be easily solved by lowering the amount of separation anxiety that this breed has, it is important to remember that committing to this hybrid mix means spending lots of time with them.
- They can snore quite a lot: Both of the parental breeds of the Bulldog Pug mix are known for having a flat face. This is actually one of their more appealing physical traits as those wrinkly faces are rather adorable. However, as a result of their peculiar face, they don’t have proper air conduction and exchange which causes quite a lot of snorting and snoring. While this doesn’t bother everyone, it’s something to have in mind especially if they’re going to be near you so much of the time.
- Comfy above anything else: The Bulldog Pug mix is quite a character. They like to be comfortable and they like to be near their family so that can only mean one thing: Sometimes they like to get on top of the furniture. Don’t be surprised if you find this dog sleeping comfortably above the sofa or if they want to snuggle close to you in bed. This behavior can be corrected with training, but most of it depends on the boundaries you put on this mix.
- They can be very stubborn: One of the traits that a lot of people might not be prepared for when they adopt a Bulldog Pug mix is that they tend to be quite stubborn, especially early in their life. Their training can be tricky, as even though they are very smart and clever puppies, they are also not very good listeners at first. They require a strong but gentle hand to be able to train them properly, and once they learn they’re the best dogs ever. With the Bulldog Pug mix patience, especially at first, is key.
Body of the Bulldog Pug Mix
The appearance of the Bulldog Pug mix, as it is common with most of the hybrid breeds (note) can vary greatly depending on the parental lines and their specific characteristics. Three types of mixes can be done to obtain this particular breed, as there are three types of Bulldog. The characteristics of all of them can be similar, but it is important to know that the appearance of them can change a bit, depending on the line used.
The American Bulldog Pug mix is the only one who has the most different from the other two Bulldog types. This parental line brings to the mix a little more height than its counterparts, making the hybrid a medium dog. This breed is around 16 to 20 inches tall and can reach up to 60 pounds. Their muzzle, usually the biggest difference, does not take from the Pug line, and it tends to be longer than the others.
On the other hand, the French Bulldog Pug mix and the English Bulldog Pug mix have quite a bit of similarity between them. These hybrids will be a lot stockier than their American counterpart and will stand between 11 and 16 inches. Their weight is usually one thing that they might differ on, as the English Bulldog Pug mix tends to be a lot heavier, usually between 25 and 45 pounds. The French Bulldog Pug mix, on the other hand, tends to weigh a maximum of 20 to 25 pounds. The muzzles from both of these hybrid breeds are usually characterized by their wrinkles and flat faces, a prime trait of the French Bulldog, the English Bulldog, and the Pug.
When it comes to their coat, they all share similar traits. They all have short, straight, and dense coats, and they all come in the same arrange of colors: brown, apricot, black. These breeds also share their eye color (black) and while the shape of their ears can change, they usually have ears closer to their Pug lineage.
Temperament of the Bulldog Pug Mix
There’s not a lot of difference between the temperament of all of the Bulldog Pug mixes. These breeds are quite likely to be both easygoing and affectionate. They get along with everyone. The Bulldog Pug mix is a great family dog because they have great relationships with both kids and other pets, and they adapt quite well to new environments. They’re known to be very intelligent and can turn into very efficient guard dogs if they feel threatened by something. They can be quite protective of their owners, and this comes from a great bond that usually forms between owner and dog very early on. Bulldog Pug mixes are very playful and love to spend time with their owners.
It’s important to know that, because they’re so attached to their owners, they can suffer from separation anxiety, and in their case, it can create a problem of bad behaviors for the owner. This dog is ideal for people who don’t intend to leave their dog alone for long periods of time.
The Bulldog Pug mix is also a medium energy dog, which means that they don’t need excessive amounts of exercise. They do require a minimum of physical and mental stimulation, but not nearly as much as other hybrid breeds (note).
Feeding the Bulldog Pug Mix
The feeding of the Bulldog Pug mix is quite unassuming, as they come from smaller breeds that don’t have a lot of requirements. As all-breed do, they need a healthy diet that includes protein and vitamins but other than that, they do not have specific restrictions when it comes to food. However, they do tend to be obese, so it is very important to watch out for any extra fats within their food intake. Like many other small dog breeds, they can be prone to overeating, so it is important to have a strict feeding schedule, that ensures that they’re getting just the right amount of food and nutrients necessary for their health.
Grooming the Bulldog Pug Mix
A very appealing trait that the Bulldog Pug mix has is that they do not require nearly half as much grooming as other hybrid dogs (note) do. As they have short, straight, and dense hair, they usually only require brushing once or twice a week. One downside of this mix can be that sometimes they inherit the shedding from their Bulldog parental. This can happen even with extra brushing, and while it’s not always present, it’s important to consider.
The Bulldog Pug mix can also have the characteristic wrinkles that come from their Pug parenting, and for those cases, it’s important to do proper cleaning underneath them, as they might develop skin problems otherwise. Regular practices like teeth and ear cleaning are standard for this breed as they are for any other, and it’s recommended that they are done often, to avoid any dental disease or ear infection.
Health Risks of the Bulldog Pug Mix
Sadly, the Bulldog Pug mix can inherit a few medical issues that come from both parent lines. Overall, hybrids are known for acquiring “hybrid vigor”, which implies that they are stronger than their pure lineages because they get the “best of both worlds”. However, both the Bulldog and the Pug breeds have some serious medical issues that can be passed on to a hybrid of the two. Most of the major issues usually come from their flat face. As they are brachycephalic or “flat-faced” they can suffer from BOAS (Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome), which means they won’t be able to get enough air exchange in their lungs, causing an array of pulmonary and heart issues. Along with this, their wrinkles might cause them to be more susceptible to skin issues like dermatitis.
They can also have issues with obesity, as mentioned before, and this can lead them to have issues with their joints, more specifically hip and patellar luxation. All of the above can imply more vet visits than usual, which is a serious thing to consider before welcoming a Bulldog Pug mix into your home. With enough exercise and a healthy diet, though, many of these issues can be avoided, so it can be a manageable issue.
How to Buy a Bulldog Pug Mix?
Bulldog Pug mixes are extremely popular and with that popularity comes a pretty steep price point. Usually ranging from $1000 to $2500, this breed can be considerably more expensive than your average hybrid puppy. Something to have in mind before purchasing a Bulldog Pug mix is that, you might be able to find lower prices than that out there, but that they might not have the best standard when it comes to purity of the parental breeds, health conditions, cleanness, and animal welfare. All of which are essential to be able to have a healthy and happy dog, so always ask for credentials to make sure you’re making a conscientious purchase from a reputable breeder.
Bulldog and Pug Facts
Bulldog Characteristics: As mentioned before, there are three principal types of Bulldogs, all with varying characteristics.
The American Bulldog is a sturdy and trustworthy dog, usually more muscular than their European counterparts, with a weight of around 70 to 120 pounds and a height of 20 to 28 inches. This breed has been known to be an excellent guard dog, with adorable standing ears, a short and soft coat, and a large head.
The English Bulldog is known for its large head, wrinkly face, and body, and extremely short legs, which gives them the appearance of a very stocky and compact shape. They have floppy ears and their lower jaw juts out of their lower jaw, which is a very specific characteristic of the breed. Their height usually goes around 16 inches tall and their weight can go between 45 and 55 pounds. Their flat face is rather recognizable and it’s one of the main reasons for the popularity of the breed.
On the other hand, the French Bulldog has a lot of differences from the other breeds mentioned before. Their most notable trait is their “bat” ears, which occur naturally. The French bulldog is a muscular dog that, though small, can be very strong. Their height is usually around 12 inches, and their weight is around 25 to 27 pounds, which is considerably lighter than the former.
The personality of all Bulldog types is relatively the same, with affectionate and easily attached dogs, with excellent adaptability for all ways of life.
Pug Characteristics: The Pug is a very popular breed of dog, that is known for its small size and affectionate disposition towards everyone. These companion dogs are agreeable, a little bit stubborn, and very keen to please. Their height ranges from 10 to 12 inches and while their weight goes from 15 to 18 pounds, they can be prone to obesity, which is a concern when it comes to this breed. They can have an array of medical issues stemming from their flat face, which is why it is recommended that they do not live in extreme weather. Their coats are short and dense, easy to groom, and particularly attractive to those living in closed or small spaces.