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Miniature Bulldog

Nicole Cosgrove

The Miniature Bulldog is a mixed or cross breed the result of a breeding between the Bulldog and the Pug. This is not about the Miniature English Bulldog which is a purebred. Sometimes called the Mini Bulldog, he is a medium sized dog with a life span of 9 to 13 years and participates often in obedience and guarding shows. He is a dependable dog, sensitive, great with children and usually gentle.

The Miniature Bulldog is a lovely dog and is perfect for people who love the Bulldog but haven’t got room for a purebred. He is gentle, dependable and as long as you have the patience for the training a joy to own.

Here is the Miniature Bulldog at a Glance
Average height 12 to 16 inches
Average weight 20 to 40 pounds
Coat type Fine, short, sleek
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Moderate to above moderate
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? No
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Low
Tolerance to Cold Low
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Very good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? As above
Good with other Pets? Good to very good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Low
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good to excellent
Trainability Moderate – needs firm handling
Exercise Needs Moderate
Tendency to get Fat Very high
Major Health Concerns Eye problems, PDE, epilepsy, nerve degeneration, Hemi-vertebrae, Legg-Perthes, patellar luxation
Other Health Concerns Reverse sneezing, skin problems, allergies, yeast infection, hip dysplasia
Life Span 9 to 13 years
Average new Puppy Price $1200 to $2500
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $600
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $350 to $450

Where does the Miniature Bulldog come from?

There is some confusion when using the term miniature bulldog as there are some breeders who have just bred the purebred Bulldog down to a smaller size and called it a Miniature Bulldog. Some breeders create the mixed breed Miniature Bulldog by breeding the Bulldog with a Pug, some use other breeds to get the smaller size. Also some are referring to the Bulldog Pug mix as a Toy Bulldog, when in fact a Toy Bulldog is a now extinct breed from England bred between the 1700s and 1800s. It is unclear who first created the Bulldog/Pug mix though the purpose is clearly to get a small bulldog looking dog. To get an idea of its personality here is a look at the parents breeds.

The Bulldog

The Bulldog descends from a Mastiff type dog and was developed for bull baiting in England in the 1500s. This was a sport where the dog was put in a ring with a bull and was meant to latch onto the bull and pin it. The bull in turn would try to toss the dog. It was a spectator sport and was also thought to tenderize the meat. He was bred to be courageous, fierce, tenacious and aggressive, but not towards humans. Bulldogs in those days were a lot bigger too. In 1835 despite the controversy the sport was outlawed and a lot of people thought the dog would die with the sport. However some breeders admired his better qualities and wanted to breed him into a companion dog and they were very successful.

Today the Bulldog is a kind and friendly dog who is no longer the fighter he once was. He is not aggressive though he is watchful and makes a good watchdog. He can be stubborn but he is also sweet natured and easygoing. He is not a fast learner so training requires a lot of patience.

The Pug

Pugs are a very old breed originally from China and can be found back more than 2000 years ago. Emperors of China prized them and they were pampered completely. In the 16th century when trading with Europe Pugs came over with Dutch traders. They became favored throughout Europe in many royal and noble families. His popularity continued into the Victorian era and he was brought to American after the Civil War. The Pug’s purpose was never to be a hunter, retriever or a ratter even, he was bred for one purpose, to be a companion.

And that is what he still is today. He will happily be a lap dog all day and expects your devotion for which in return he will be devoted to you also. He can still be playful but is a far calmer dog than many!


The Miniature Bulldog is a dependable and sensitive dog who is also affectionate and gentle with children. He is very strongly attached to people and with his sensitive nature he is not good at being left alone for long periods. They love all the attention they can get but can have a willful side that means they need some firm but positive handling when it comes to training. As a young dog he has more energy and he calms down as he ages. He can be a messy eater and he does have some slobber issues and snoring issues. He can be playful, more so when he is younger though. He is friendly and happy and will be quite content curling up on the couch with you.

What does the Miniature Bulldog look like

He is a medium sized dog weighing 20 to 40 pounds and standing 12 to 16 inches tall. He is a very muscled dog and can be a mix of the Bulldog and Pug in appearance. He has deep dark eyes that are almond shaped, a black nose, a round medium sized head and medium muzzle. His coat is fine, short and sleek and comes in common colors of silver, black and white.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Miniature Bulldog need to be?

The Miniature Bulldog does not need as much exercise as the purebred full size dog. But he does have needs that are more moderate, a couple of walks a day, a trip to the dog park now and then, play time, access to a yard would be a bonus. He can adapt to apartment living as long as he gets some activity each day.

Does he train quickly?

He is a going to need firm but positive handling when it comes to training. The Pug is intelligent but gets bored very easily and the Bulldog is less bright but can be willful. However neither respond to punishment or harsh training methods so it will need to be done with consistency, rewards, positive-reinforcement and a lot of patience. Early socialization and training are important to see that he becomes a well developed dog.

Living with a Miniature Bulldog

How much grooming is needed?

He is a moderate shedding dog so you will need to brush daily or at least every other day to remove those loose hairs. You will also need to vacuum up after him. Be prepared for dog hairs on the clothes! His coat is easy to comb though. Clean and check his ears once a week and brush his teeth at least twice a week. Use an ear cleaning solution for the former with cotton balls, do not insert anything in the ear. Use a dog toothpaste and brush for the latter. There is no need to give him regular baths, in fact it could damage the natural oils in his skin. Just bathe him when he really needs it using a dog shampoo.

What is he like with children and other animals?

Early socialization and training are an important part of helping any dog learn to deal with different animals, people and situation. In general the Miniature Bulldog is very good with children, he is gentle with the young ones and is friendly to other pets too. He can sometimes be wary of strange dogs so the early socialization should help with that.

General information

He is not a good dog to get is you want one who is alert and can act as a watchdog. He is not likely to bark is a stranger comes in, in fact he might even try to be friends with them! His barking is rare and he will need 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of high quality dry dog food a day, split into at least two meals. He has a very low tolerance for either hot or cold climates so watch him carefully to make sure he does not get too cold or overheat.

Health Concerns

Buying from a trustworthy breeder should help give you a better chance at having a healthy dog. You can also ask to see health clearances before you buy. There are certain health issues the Miniature Bulldog could be prone to thanks to his parents. They include Eye problems, PDE, epilepsy, nerve degeneration, Hemi-vertebrae, Legg-Perthes, patellar luxation, Reverse sneezing, skin problems, allergies, yeast infection and hip dysplasia.

Costs involved in owning a Miniature Bulldog

This is quite a popular dog especially in the US so prices are higher at $1200 to $2500. Sometimes there will be things included in that price such as some basic starting supplies and medical concerns taken care of. Sometimes it will not. If the latter is the case you will need to pay for a collar and leash, a crate, a carrier bag, neutering, chipping, shots, blood tests and deworming. This will cost between $455 to $500. Average annual basic medical costs for pet insurance, shots, flea prevention and general check ups will be between $460 to $600. Average annual non-medical basic costs for training, food, license, treats and toys come to between $350 to $450.


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The Miniature Bulldog is a lovely dog and is perfect for people who love the Bulldog but haven’t got room for a purebred. He is gentle, dependable and as long as you have the patience for the training a joy to own.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.