Do you love Bulldogs? Then you may want to check out this information about the English Bulldog Pitbull mix! This is a crossbreed dog that will not disappoint anyone who loves Bulldogs!
In this article, we’ve put together information about this hybrid dog breed, including how they look, their personalities, and more! Let’s get started!
What is an English Bulldog Pitbull Mix?
An English Bulldog Pitbull Mix, sometimes also called an Olde Anglican Bulldogge, is a sweet, silly, dog who loves nothing more than to charm his pet parents. They’re also highly intelligent.
This dog breed is called a designer dog breed, which is thought to have been bred sometime in the 1990s. At this time, many dog breeds were being bred together to create designer hybrids. Some thought it was better to breed hybrid dogs to cull the health issues of some of the purebreds. The thought was the resulting puppies would be healthier.
English Bulldog Pitbull Mixes usually weigh between 30 to 70 lbs and stand between 15 to 20 inches tall. They have an average life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.
Back to the English Bulldog Pitbull Mix, these dogs come from very old breeds.
The English Bulldog
English Bulldogs have a long history. At one time, they were used in bull baiting. They were great dogs for this horrible sport because they were strong and had wide jaws that would hang on for dear life. The first record of the English Bulldog dates back to the 13th century. However, they really didn’t become family companions until much later, sometime around 1835. This was when bullbaiting was outlawed.
From that time to now, the English Bulldog was bred to be a gentle companion rather than the fierce fighter of the past.
Pitbulls are a relatively newer breed compared to the English Bulldog. What’s more, a Pitbull is a mixture of several types of dog breeds. The breed includes the American Pitbull Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the American Staffordshire Terrier. A Pitbull may be one of these dog breeds or a combination of these breeds. The common denominator between these dogs is that they were all bred from English Bulldogs.
Once bullbaiting was outlawed, breeders then turned to breeding “pit dogs.” They were used for underground dog fights or even fights with rats in a pit. The very idea makes you want to shiver. These poor dogs were bred to be aggressive, tough, and strong. To achieve this, the breeders cross English Bulldogs with terriers.
The good news is that when these horrible practices were outlawed and banned, breeders then began to breed the American Pitbull Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the American Staffordshire Terrier to be gentle family dogs. However, the dogs did retain their strength and love of athletics!
Physical Characteristics of the English Bulldog Pitbull Mix
The English Bulldog Pitbull Mix is a medium-sized dog that can weigh between 40 and 50 lbs. These dogs tend to have broad shoulders and muscular legs. Because this is a mixed breed dog, they can range in size quite a bit.
This hybrid dog breed is stout and muscular. However, it’s possible for the dog to look more like Pitbull or like a Bulldog, with a large head and wide jaws. The genetics are not specific, so even puppies of the same litter may be entirely different from one another!
When it comes to the breed’s fur, there’s no telling what color to expect! This is because of the wide color variations found in both English Bulldogs and Pitbulls. The most common colors are reds, browns, which may also include white or silver markings.
The dog’s fur is fine and does tend to shed quite a bit. For this reason, it’s recommended to brush the English Bulldog Pitbull Mix about two times a week. As for bathing, your fur baby should require a bath about once a month. Bathing too often can remove the protective oils from their skin and cause health problems. We’ll take more about grooming in a later section!
English Bulldog Pitbull Mix Temperament
With this hybrid dog, what can you expect the temperament to be? Let’s take a look!
The English Bulldog is usually pretty easygoing. They are gentle, though they can have a stubborn streak.
When it comes to a Pitbull, they want to please their pet parents and are very loving with their family. Despite their reputation for being fierce, the Pitbull is generally a happy, friendly, athletic dog. They require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy.
Both the English Bulldog and the Pitbull are good with kids; however, a Pitbull can be aggressive if they’re not trained and socialized properly. What’s more, the dogs have a bite that holds on. This comes from their horrible past as pit dogs.
Breeding these two breeds together was a way to take the best of the Pitbull and combine it with the relaxed, easy-going English Bulldog to create a dog with a little energy and a more balanced temperament.
The English Bulldog Pitbull mix should have a moderate amount of energy and be very friendly. However, when crossbreeding two unique dog breeds, there’s never a guarantee of what the puppies will be like.
The Health of the English Bulldog Pitbull Mix
What happens to the hybrid breed’s health when you cross an English Bulldog with a Pitbull? To start with, Bulldogs are known to have some health issues. These can include dental problems and breathing issues. Bulldogs are also prone to overheating, cherry eyes, skin problems, arthritis, and have a higher rate of cancer.
The Pitbull is a very healthy dog breed. They’re even healthier than English Bulldogs. However, Pitbull dogs can suffer from skin problems, allergies, hip dysplasia, congenital heart defects, and even sunburn.
When these two breeds are mixed together, the result is a healthier dog. However, it’s also possible the dog could develop some of the same health issues as his parents. For this reason, regular checkups for the English Bulldog Pitbull Mix are highly recommended. You may also want to consider buying some very good pet insurance, which will help cover vet costs.
Keep in mind there’s no way to really predict the health of this crossbreed. It’s just as possible you could end up with a very healthy dog! You just never know.
Nutrition for an English Bulldog Pitbull Mix
While the goal was to develop a dog with more moderate energy levels, it’s possible for an English Bulldog Pitbull Mix to have moderate to high energy levels. It really depends on how much Bulldog or Pitbull they have. Remember that Bulldogs have low to moderate energy, while Pitbulls are usually high-energy dogs. Your dog could fall anywhere on the spectrum between low to high energy!
When it comes to feeding your dog, the amount of food depends on his energy level. For instance, a dog with higher energy levels will need to eat more food, while a dog with lower energy won’t require as much food. Generally, you can count with your hybrid dog requiring between 1,000 up to 1,700 calories a day of high-quality dog food. This amount of food can be broken into two separate meals: one in the morning and one in the evening.
In addition, your English Bulldog Pitbull Mix will need dog food that helps keep his skin and coat healthy.
How Much Exercise Does an English Bulldog Pitbull Mix Need?
That’s a great question! It depends on which breed the dog takes after. For example, a Bulldog is more relaxed and mellow, while a Pitbull is more energetic and active. Your hybrid mix fur baby could be somewhere in between and need a moderate amount of exercise.
Keep in mind that English Bulldog Pitbull Mixes require plenty of mental stimulation, too. This is extremely important. If these dogs become bored and are left to their own devices, you could come home to everything torn up. We’re not kidding! So, it’s essential to ensure this hybrid dog receives plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. Doing so will keep him worn out and from becoming bored.
The English Bulldog Pitbull Mix may love to play hide & seek, fetch, play with toys, play tug of war, and so much more! They also enjoy walks to new places, where they can smell and see new things. These are all great ways to exercise and provide mental stimulation for your fur baby.
Your English Bulldog Pitbull Mix will require at least one hour of exercise a day. Otherwise, he could become destructive or develop other unwanted habits. You might consider dividing this hour into two 30-minute walks, with play times in between.
English Bulldog Pitbull Mix Grooming
As noted earlier, the English Bulldog Pitbull Mix does shed somewhat. Their goal is shiny and smooth, which means it’s easy to take care of. You won’t have to take your dog to the groomer, for instance. And the dog’s fur won’t need to be brushed more than once or twice a week. This can help to get rid of fur before it ends up on you and the furniture!
However, these dogs will shed during shedding season. At that time, the dog may need to be brushed every day.
When it comes to shampoo, remember these dogs may have sensitive skin. So, they don’t require much shampoo. Too much shampoo can dry out an English Bulldog Pitbull Mix’s skin. A damp washcloth or dog wipes can take the place of a bath without irritating the dog’s skin or stripping the skin of protective oils.
These dogs only need to be bathed about once a month. It’s possible for some of these dogs to have wrinkles. The wrinkles will need to be kept clean and dry; otherwise, infection and irritation can quickly develop.
It’s also a good idea to keep the dog’s ears cleaned. Just wipe them out once a week with a damp cotton ball. You might use ear cleaner to prevent infections; however, talk with your vet before using these products.
Who Makes the Best Companions for English Bulldog Pitbull Mixes?
These dogs both tend to be very attached to their pet parents, which can make them excellent companions for the right people.
Keep in mind these dogs can be somewhat energetic. For this reason, they’re not the right dog for anyone who lives in an apartment. You’ve heard the saying, “Like a bull in a china shop.” That’s kind of how these dogs can be in an apartment! While the dog could be trained to live in an apartment, they will be much happier in a larger home with a yard.
The English Bulldog Pitbull Mix can be safe with kids; however, never leave these dogs unsupervised with children. No dog should ever be left alone with children. Kids need to be taught to treat the dog with respect and how to interact with the dog. That means kids should never take food away from the dog, pull his tail or ears, etc.
If you’d like to have a watchdog, then the English Bulldog Pitbull Mix is the one for you! These dogs are highly intelligent and can be trained as guard dogs. They are not afraid of anything, have plenty of confidence, combined with a tendency to be very protective. These dogs will depend on their home and family! Have no doubt!
Young English Bulldog Pitbull Mixes aren’t the best companions for older people. The reason is that the dogs are very energetic. Most older people couldn’t keep up with one of these young dogs.
What about living with other pets? If the English Bulldog Pitbull Mix has been properly trained and socialized, then they may be able to live with other pets. However, if your dog tends more to the Pitbull side, we strongly do not recommend having other pets in the home.
Summing It Up
So, there you have it! English Bulldog Pitbull Mixes can make great dogs for the right people! If you’re looking for a moderately active dog and companion, one that would also protect you and your home, then look no further! The English Bulldog Pitbull Mix may be the right dog for you!