Pug English Bulldog Mix! Discover PROS & CONS!

Pug English Bulldog Mix, also called English Pug, is the result of mixing an English Bulldog and our beloved Pug. Even though both breeds look similar in appearance, they come from different origins, giving this interesting mix a lot of background history.

Here at PugsClub.org, we love Pugs, as they are a beautiful breed that has no comparison. With that being said, English Bulldogs also have a lot of supporters inside our community, being usually both dogs in the same family. In this article you’ll learn:

  • Interesting facts about this mix.
  • The history behind both parents.
  • And why we believe this is not the best Pug mix to get.

Also, we’ll show you some of the issues, concerns, and care challenges of this mix breed. We believe that, even though we don’t support this specific mix, they also need a home and proper care to thrive. Finally, we’ll be showing you some of the best items you will certainly need if you one of them. Let’s get started!

Pug English Bulldog Mix: How is this Mix?

When talking about Pugs, we know they can require a lot of care, as they are dogs of medium-high maintenance. Also, English Bulldogs have a lot of challenges that make this mix even more troubled.

Indeed, they are beautiful, as the mix inherits some of our favorite traits from both breeds. It’s basically an undersized Bulldog with Pug features, still bigger than the usual Pug. That’s why we know this mix would be attractive to many owners. 

Finally, we can’t stress enough the fact that it’s not the best idea, regardless of how cute it may look. Let’s check some of the traits of this mix.

Pug Bulldog Mix temperament

As it’s said of other mixes, the final temperament of a mixed dog comes from the personality traits of both parents. If you mix a Pug, who’s a loving, loyal, and eager to please type of dog (generally) with any other breed, the resulting dog will be much friendlier, kinder, and overall balanced. However, English Bulldogs come from rather violent times. They are what are called dogs for blood sports, specifically bull-baiting, similar to other mastiff breeds like bloodhounds.

Their function in the sport was to pin down bulls (hence the name), and because of that, they were created to be more aggressive, dominant, and resilient in front of their much bigger adversaries. Of course, since the banning of blood sports like such, this breed has been changed and adapted to be part of a less violent society, sized down from their ancient bullfighters.

 Now, they have a calmer demeanor, sometimes with grumpy mood swings, especially when they grow old. Early socialization is crucial, as they’re prone to repeat undesired traits like aggressiveness, protectiveness, and food guarding. Overall, they need a strong raising, with proper training, and a level of care similar to that of Pugs.

“This DNA-testing–based evidence shows that while mixed breed dogs are in fact less likely than purebreds to develop the recessive disorders evaluated in the study, they may still be carriers.”

AVMA – American Veterinary Medical Association

Pug English Bulldog Mix: Physical traits

The Pug Bulldog will inherit its physical traits from both breeds. Usually, they are stronger, bigger, and heavier than Pugs due to Bulldog genes. Still, they are much smaller in size compared to Bulldogs. They grow up to 40 pounds and have a minimum weight closer to Pugs at 16 pounds.

The bulky barrel-shaped and muscular body is also present along with the brachycephalic nature. That’s why this mix retains a lot of the appearance from both breeds, as both are flat-faced, with floppy ears, and with wrinkles. Their skin is loose, usually forming skinfolds, and they also have curly tails. As for their coats, they can inherit many different combinations parting from the colors of both breeds.

The Desired Pug Bulldog

The most sought after physical and personality traits for this mix are hard to come by. Why? Because both breeds are very similar. What you should look after is:

  • Lean: In most cases, this mix will be bigger due to Bulldog’s dominant genes concerning their bodies. You should pick leaner versions of the mix though, as they are overall healthier and prone to be more active.
  • Strong hind legs: Bulldogs and Pugs are both prone to suffer from hind legs and hip issues. If you look for a leaner dog you will also find that their hips are more balanced in shape and size when compared to their shoulders.
  • Least brachycephalic faces: If you see a mix of these breed with a lot of brachycephalic traits (protruded eyes, excessive wrinkles, face too flat), you shouldn’t get it. This will become an immense source of issues.

Generally, is easy to stay away from troubled dogs, especially of this mix, as their issues are easy to see. It’s important to note that, since both breed’s common issues are similar, the resulting mix will have worsened versions of them, making this mix a terrible mistake.

Pug Bulldog Mix care.

As we said, Pug Bulldog mixes are among the worst Pug mixes. Both English Bulldogs and Pugs suffer from:

All of these are common concerns of this mix. You’ll need to commit to taking care of it, applying a much deeper version of our care tips for Pugs, and getting only the best products to take care of them, preferably hypoallergenic. Other things like playtime will require supervision (especially if they inherit Bulldog’s love for rough play). They have a lifespan of 12-15 years.

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Pug Bulldog Mix Training

Pug Bulldog mixes require a lot of training from their early years and constant reminders of what’s wrong and right. Both of the parent breeds have a marked stubborn streak and a mind of their own, so you’ll need to gather all the best practices and resources to keep them in line.

As we said above, they will also require constant socialization, even more, if they’re constantly surrounded by children or other pets. It’s important to note that their mood will change over time, and they will become rather grumpy, sensitive, and slightly prone to aggressive practices as they grow old. That’s why training is paramount when treating with their Bulldog genes. Of course, this can vary greatly depending on:

  • Quality of bloodlines of the parent breeds.
  • The temperament of both parents.
  • And the amount of care and training they receive.


As you can see, the Pug English Bulldog mix is a challenge that only resourceful and experienced owners should (and can) take. Inexperienced owners will surely have issues with them, especially in the areas of training and care. We are not demonizing this mix, but we firmly believe that not anyone can have one and offer them a good, comfortable life.

We strongly disagree with the mixing of both breeds, as the purpose of mixing should always be to improve the lacking traits in both parents. This mix, instead, worsens the traits by adding problems on top of more problems! If you want one just for the looks of it, you now know that’s probably not a good idea.

So, you think you’re able to handle a Pug Bulldog mix?

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