Mini Bulldog- What to know before buying + care tips

The Mini Bulldog is a downsized or miniaturized version of the Bulldog to a small or medium-sized body. Miniature Bulldogs stand at under 16 inches and weigh 20-45 pounds. This mini bully is a great and robust apartment companion and can live for between 9 and 13 years.

The Mini Bulldog was bred for one purpose only, to be your friend and best mate.

Miniature Bulldogs are small and compact dogs that any dog lover can easily handle whether it is going for walks or adventures.

Leash training your Miniature Bully is a great way to ensure that your walks to the dog park are smooth. Learn some of the tips on leash training for more.

This is the dog for you if you cannot decide between the English Bulldog or the Asian Pug which are both super adorable dogs.

Mini Bulldogs are cute, adorable pooches that can sometimes be a bit loud. But who wouldn’t want a dog that talks to them now and then?

You should have no problem with making this mixed dog your ideal family pet as both of the parents were bred to be companion dogs.

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About the Mini Bulldog

First of all, I know you may be thinking that the mini Bulldog is going to come with the size of a Chihuahua. You know that pocket-sized dog you can carry in your purse and show off to your friends all day.

But this is not the case because mini does not always mean the dog is tiny or toy-sized. This is simply a smaller version of the Bulldog.

However, you will find this dog extremely cute and great for apartment living.

There is a Toy English Bulldog variation that went extinct that existed between the 18th and 19th century England.

Being small also means that they have low exercise needs making them suitable for somewhat inactive families.

Unlike the English Miniature Bulldog which most people confuse for this dog, the Mini Bulldog is a crossbreed rather than a purebred dog. He is a cross between the English Bulldog and the Chinese Pug.

This is one of the hybrids that have resulted from the designer dog trend.

Doing this resulted in a dog that loves to be around humans and is extremely calm. What this means is that this dog is typically kept by people that are looking for a companion pet.


This hybrid dog is not recognized by any of the major kennel clubs. This is because of his crossbreed status.

Some clubs have registered the Mini Bulldog namely;

  • Dog Registry of America.
  • American Canine Hybrid Club.
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club.

Let us look into the appearance of the Miniature Bulldog. 

General appearance and characteristics of the Miniature Bulldog

Mini Bulldog summary table
Height 12 to 16 inches
Weight 20 to 45 pounds
Lifespan 9 to 13 years
Breed Type mixes and more
Purpose companion
Suitable For families that have young children and novice owners
Grooming requirements moderate grooming
Color Variations White, black, red, brindle, or fawn
Health concerns Breathing problems, Canine cancer, heart issues, and even obesity
Temperament friendly, loving, intelligent, Playful, loyal, and sometimes stubborn
Other Names Bull Pug, Bulldog Pug mix


How big does the Miniature Bulldog get?

The Pug and Bulldog mix is classified as a small to medium-sized dog.

Both male and female Mini Bulldogs weigh anywhere from 20 to 45 pounds. The height also varies between 12 to 16 inches depending on the genes that the pup is going to inherit from the parent breeds.

Physical appearance

The Mini Bulldog looks like the Standard English Bulldog.

This pooch has a stocky muscular body and has broad shoulders. They also have large heads with short legs and also have curly tails and flat faces.

Miniature Bulldogs are brachycephalic dogs that refer to how flat their faces are and squished noses.

Bulldog and pug mix also has a wrinkly face and floppy ears.

Coat appearance and shedding

The coat of the Pug and Bulldog mix appearance may also vary depending on the genes that he inherits from the parent’s breeds.

Generally, these dogs will have straight, smooth, short, and quite dense coats. If the mix takes more after the Pug parent, the coat is going to be silky but if he or she takes more after the Bulldog parent the coat is going to be slightly rough and glossy.

These pooches shed moderately all year round.


Mini Bulldogs have different colors and color combinations such as;

  • red
  • fawn
  • black
  • brindle
  • white

Other than crossbreeding there are other methods used by breeders to make a Mini Bulldog. 


This is a method of miniaturization where breeders use the smallest dogs in Bulldog litter and repeatedly breed them to develop a line of mini dogs.

The smaller than usual pups are known as runts.

Breeders use this method to ensure that the original traits of the Bulldog are not lost but can take time for them to achieve the desired size.

However, these dogs may be more susceptible to health complications.

Dwarf Bulldogs

This is another method that breeders can use to get a Miniature Bulldog.

Other than using smaller English Bulldog runts, breeders introduce a dwarfism gene in the dog which creates stumpy and short legs.

Breeders make these dogs look more like Corgis or Dachshunds. This is also known as chondrodysplastic.

It is not a recommended miniaturization method as it is associated with several health issues such as back and joint problems.

This is because a lot of stress is added to the joint of the dog which could cause painful conditions like arthritis and other complications.

Miniature English Bulldog

Personality and temperament of the Pug Bulldog mix

Several factors can affect the behaviors of a dog, from environmental factors to genetics. You cannot have a guarantee of your Mini Bulldog’s personality.

However, there are several things that you can look at to make a valid prediction:

  • The English Bulldog may have a dark past but he has always been a human-friendly dog.
  • Both the Pug and the English Bulldog were bred to be companion doggos which means that the mix is most likely going to be very friendly.
  • Also, the fact that they are both companion dogs means that they form a very strong emotional attachment to their owners. This also means that they should not be left alone for long periods.

You should not be concerned that your mini Bulldog will be aggressive towards other animals or humans.

However, he should be socialized from an early age to be able to distinguish between threatening and safe situations. He can be aloof towards other pets.

This dog is also stubborn which can make training him challenging.

You may also be interested in the complete American Bulldog guide.

Are Mini Bulldogs good family dogs?

Bred to be companions, these are family-friendly that form very strong bonds with their owners. They loving nothing more than enjoying human comfort and cuddling all day.

Children will also enjoy the Mini Bulldog’s company and are perfectly suited for them due to their gentle and sweet disposition.

Frequently asked questions

Are Mini Bulldogs healthy?

Being cross breeds, Mini Bulldogs are generally healthier than standard English Bulldogs because. This makes the Miniature Bully less susceptible to health issues suffered by both of the parents. However, these mini dogs can still suffer from health issues such as canine cancer and heart problems.

Is there such a thing as a Mini Bulldog?

The Mini Bulldog that is also known as the Miniature Bulldog is a mix between an English Bulldog and a Pug. This is done while still retaining the appearance and traits of the English Bulldog.

How long do Mini Bulldogs live?

Mini Bulldogs have an average lifespan of between 9 and 13 years.

Do Miniature Bulldogs shed?

Miniature Bulldogs have a fine, short, and smooth coat and shed moderately but do not shed as much as most breeds. With the Miniature Bulldog, the amount of hair he sheds will be noticeable

History of the Miniature Bulldog

With the advances in technology and science, breeders can now mix genes from different dogs which is controversial. But you have to commend them for the impressive work they have done.

The English Bulldog and the Pug were crossed back in 1980 to create the adorable Miniature Bulldog.

They wanted to create a hybrid dog that was healthier and smaller than the English Bulldog.

So, were they successful in doing this? It depends on how you look at it because we can say they managed to make a very cute dog that was smaller in size but we cannot say the same for the health of the dog.

As you are going to see later in this post the Pug Bulldog mix came with a lot of health issues.

Both the Bulldog and the Pug are ancient dogs and to get a better understanding of this doggo we have to look at both of these parent breeds.

A Brief English Bulldog History

As we have mentioned above, the English Bulldog is an ancient dog that was first mentioned in England in 1631. That is a really long time ago.

These dogs were mainly used for the Bullbaiting sport. In this sport, the onlookers would place a bet on the Bulldog of their choice to see which one would pin down a bull by its nose-first.

This sport was banned in 1835 after it resulted in the deaths and injuries of many doggos and after seeing how dangerous this sport was.

Bulldogs are no longer used in such sports or events anymore and are protected under the Cruelty to Animals act.

They have continued to be kept as family pets and companions.

one english bulldog laughing at another wearing birthday hat

Other Bulldog mixes

  • Mixing the English Bulldog and a Dachshund gives you an adorable pooch that is known as the Bulldach.
  • The Bull Boxer is a cross between a Boxer and an Eglish Bulldog.
  • Imagine a cross between a Pitbull and an Eglish Bulldog. It is adorable and is known as the Bullypit but can also be referred to as the American Bully.
  • The Bullador is a mix between the English Bulldog and the Labrador Retriever.
  • When you mix a Beagle and a Bulldog you get the adorable Baebull.

A Brief History of the Pug breed

Pugs are ancient Chinese dogs bred originally as companion dogs, unlike English Bulldogs whose roles changed as time went by.

These dogs were often kept by the loyal families and were even guarded by guards.

Even after these dogs spread to other parts in the 16th and 17th centuries they were still kept by high ranking individuals and royalties in Europe as their companions.

These doggos finally reached the US in the 19 century and were officially recognized by AKC in 1855.


Other Pug mixes

  • A Bugg is a cute dog that is a result of combining the genes of a Pug and a Boston Terrier.
  • Poxers are smart mixes of Pugs and Boxers.
  • If you are looking for a friendly dog then the Brussels Griffon and Pug mix are also known as the Brug is the right dog for you.
  • The Pugshire is a cross between a Pug and a Yorkshire Terrier.
  • Pug Zu is a great family pet that comes from the mixing of a Pug and a Shih Tzu.

Mini Bulldog puppies

Litter size:

The litter size of a Pug and Bulldog mix can range anywhere from 5-7 puppies depending on the size of the mother.

How much does a Miniature Bulldog cost?

On average, Miniature Bulldogs at around $1000 for a single puppy but this price could reach up to $4500. The price of the pup will highly depend on the breeder that you get him from.

You should always make sure that the breeder you get your pup from is highly responsible and reputable.

After you get your Mini Bulldog mix, you can expect him to reach maturity after 18 to 24 months. This is quite a huge margin but it because of the difference in the time the Pug and the English Bulldog take to become full-grown dogs.

If you are looking to save up some money upfront when getting the Miniature Bulldog, adoption might be your safest bet.

You may also love to learn about the Teacup Pug in this guide.

There are several sites where you can get a pooch to adopt:

  • Bulldog rescue network.
  • No Border Bulldog rescue.
  • Adopt a Pet.

Mini Bully puppy generation

Before you purchase a pup you need to know that mixed dogs can be of different generation crosses.

Each generation has different traits compared to the other.

So, what generations are there:

  • F1 Cross is a mix between a Purebred Pug and a Purebred English Bulldog.
  • When you cross an F1 hybrid with another F1 hybrid you get an F2 cross.
  • This goes on and on to the F3, F4, and so on.

French-Bulldog-Pug mix

How to groom the Miniature Bulldog

The coat of a Mini Bulldog can be managed with ease as it has moderate grooming needs.

You should, however, keep the coat healthy and neat by removing any excess hair twice every week using a rubber mitt or hand glove brush.

Only give the pooch a bath when it is necessary or when they get messy using the right shampoo formulated for smaller dogs. You should not overdo it as it could strip the coat of important oils and cause the skin to dry out.

When you are doing all this you should remember to check the body and face wrinkles routinely as they are more susceptible to infections and skin allergies.

You can also seek the help of a professional groomer to help you with grooming the dog.

Nail clipping will be important too to prevent the nails from getting too long.

Dental hygiene is also important and can be achieved through regular brushing and using dental dog chew. You should start this when he is still a puppy for him to get used to the process.

There are also dental chews that you can give to your doggo to help in cleaning his teeth.

Mini Bulldog Feeding requirements

The Mini Pug and Bulldog mix is a pooch that loves his food.

You should make sure that you meet this dog’s calorie requirements. The general rule of thumb is that you should take the doggo’s weight in the pound and multiply it by 30 calories to find this dog’s daily calorie needs.

Mini Bulldog Daily Food Consumption
Calories 600 to 1300
Cups of Kibble 2 to 3

Some foods are made specifically for the Pug or the Bulldog and these are the ones you should give a priority to.

But all in all, the diet should be of high quality and formulated for small dog breeds.

You should also check the dog’s weight regularly to prevent him from getting obese which is a common problem with the English Bulldog.

If you have any problems with food allergies with your dog or have any other questions on how you should feed your four-legged friend you should consult your vet for more professional help.


Does the Mini Bulldog love to exercise?

Just by looking at this canine friend you can tell that he is not a big fan of working out.

He prefers to sleep and lay all day to straining himself.

However, exercise is vital for this dog, and it is not complicated. About 30 minutes of daily walks will be enough to make sure he is physically in shape and healthy.

Some playtime may also do it for this pooch as it also provides him with the mental stimulation that he needs.

Watch out not to strain this dog or over-exercising him because he is prone to overheating which can cause breathing problems.

What all this means is that this dog is suitable for apartments and small house living. Having a yard would be a bonus because he can have a lot of space to play in.

Number of walks 2(10 minutes each)
Exercise needs 30 minutes

Training the Mini Bulldog

Some dogs may be easier to train than others but despite being smart the Miniature Bulldog is not one of them. Their stubborn nature does not help in this either.

Did you know that Pugs are on the list of the hardest dogs to house train? House training is important because you do not want stains all over your house.

You will need to be patient and consistent with training to achieve the best results.

Positive reinforcement is the best way that you can go around training. This is where you reward your pooch for every correct behavior and command that he gets right and trying to redirect the behaviors that are not desirable.

Socialization is also an important part of the training.

Mini Bulldog

Some of the health concerns

I told you earlier that the Pug Bulldog mix is a dog that has some health concerns.

Here are some of the health issues that this dog may develop:

  • Breathing problems– Because of the shape of their skulls and having too much skin the Mini Bulldog is likely to suffer from some respiratory-related conditions. This is one reason that during exercise you should take care and make sure that your dog does not overheat.
  • He may be prone to obesity if you give him too much food and too little exercise.
  • These mini Pooches may also be prone to some canine cancers and heart conditions.
  • Skin problems– These dogs have sensitive skin which irritates easy. This is because they have a lot of folds and should be closely monitored for irritations and itching.
  • Birth issues– This is a problem that makes the Mini Bulldog rare and expensive because most of them are born by Cesarean section. What causes this condition is the mismatch between the size of the dog and the size of the puppies.

And with all these health concerns and risks, the Bulldog and Pug mix have a lifespan of between 9 to 13 years.

Mini Bulldog summary

This is a dog for anyone that is looking for a fun, loyal, and incredibly low maintenance pooch.

He is, however, not a doggo for everyone and no dog is.

You may have a few difficulties taking care of this dog and especially during training because he has a stubborn streak that may be difficult to deal with.

Unfortunately, if you are looking for a pooch that you can go on hikes with or one that is going to be your guard dog you should move on and find one that is right for you.

Would you want this as the next member of your family? Have you had any experiences with the Mini Bulldog?

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