English Bulldog Pug Mix: The Miniature Bulldog Guide

Last updated on November 22nd, 2020 at 05:20 pm

The modern miniature bulldog isn’t a purebred dog. It’s a cross between two adorable breeds—the English bulldog and the pug. The English bulldog pug mix (or the miniature bulldog) is also sometimes called the bull-pug.

This mix is a cross between a purebred English bulldog and a purebred pug. They are gentle, calm, and affectionate dogs that are great with children. If you love English bulldogs but don’t have room in your home for such a hefty dog, this mix is a good option.


English Bulldog Pug Mix Highlights

  • The English bulldog-pug mix is also called the miniature bulldog or the bull-pug.
  • Miniature bulldogs have stocky bodies, pronounced heads, strong shoulders, and prominent skinfolds.
  • This crossbreed usually stands about 16 inches high and weighs about 20 to 45 pounds.
  • Their coat is short, fine, and comes in many colors.
  • Because its parent breeds are both easygoing dogs, the miniature bulldog is calm and easy to train.
  • This crossbreed needs dog food designed for small breeds.
  • Bull-pugs have an average lifespan of about 10 years.
  • The miniature bulldog’s coat needs minimal grooming.
  • There are usually four pups in a bull-pug litter.
  • The mix is a coveted crossbreed. Prices for a bull-pug puppy range from $1200 to $2500.
  • The miniature bulldog is recognized by several hybrid and designer dog registries, but not by the American Kennel Club.


They typically weigh between 20 and 45 pounds and stand between 12 and 16 inches high. These dogs have low but powerful bodies with large heads, medium-sized muzzles, and broad shoulders.

The coat is fine, short, and smooth. It comes in a variety of colors, including white, fawn, brindle, black, red, and more.


The miniature bulldog  is a “designer dog.” It’s the product of an intentional mixing of two breeds, where the goal was to obtain a cross with the physical appearance of an English bulldog and the smaller size of a pug. It is unclear when they were first bred, but they have certainly been around for many years.

According to the American Kennel Club, pugs are sometimes referred to as “Dutch bulldogs.” But while the pug and the bulldog share several physical characteristics, they’re not actually related. In fact, pugs are more closely related to the Pekingese.


Both of the parent breeds of the bull-pug are docile and calm dogs. This means that you can expect an English bulldog and pug mix to be mild-tempered and easy to train. The miniature bulldog is great for families with children, seniors, and those who live in apartments.

English Bulldog Pug Mix Temperament

Miniature bulldogs are friendly, loving, and affectionate. They love being in the company of their caregivers and are patient with children.

This crossbreed has a laid-back personality and is perfectly happy to nap on the couch as you watch TV. Unlike smaller and more energetic breeds, the mix does not demand constant attention. It gets along well with other dogs and household pets.


Because the English bulldog and pug mix is a small dog, you should give it commercial dog food formulated for small breeds. This has the right amounts of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals to meet the higher energy levels and metabolism of small dogs.

Health and Care

The parent breeds are prone to certain health problems, including obesity, cancer, cardiovascular issues, epilepsy, skin conditions, allergies, nerve degeneration, and hip dysplasia. Because the miniature bulldog is short-faced like its parent breeds, it may also experience breathing problems and have trouble with physical activity in hot weather.

The average lifespan of a bull-pug is between 9 and 13 years. With proper care, they can live much longer.


The short, sleek coat of a miniature bulldog does not require much brushing. Because their skin is sensitive, you should only brush the coat of a bull-pug once a week. Use a rubber bristle brush and be gentle with your strokes.


The average litter size is four. Bull-pug puppies are tiny when born, but will quickly reach their maximum height of about 16 inches. To prevent behavioral issues, it’s important to socialize and train your miniature bulldog puppies early on.


The English bulldog-pug mix is a sought-after crossbreed. In the US, a puppy can cost between $1200 and $2500. The price may include the cost of neutering, blood tests, deworming, and shots.

Breed Organizations

The American Kennel Club does not recognize the miniature bulldog. The American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Breed Registry, and the Designer Dogs Kennel Club recognize this mix breed.

The English bulldog pug mix is a lovable crossbreed that will make a patient and adoring companion and playmate. Before you acquire one of these charming dogs, do your research to make sure they are a perfect fit for you and your family.

About the author

Sarah Andrews

Hi I'm Sarah, dog lover and blogger. I was born into a dog-loving family and have been a proud doggy mommy ever since I can remember. I love sharing my dog knowledge and love being an active part of the dog-loving community.

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