American Bulldog Great Pyrenees Mix: The Ultimate Guide

Published: 10/11/22 •  9 min read

One of the more unusual dog breeds that we’ve covered on our site, the American Bulldog Pyrenees mix is definitely the most gentle of giants, despite its massive size. They usually come with a double coat and plenty of furs left over so expect them to shed like there’s no tomorrow. Likewise, expect them to lumber about the house, so be sure to give them plenty of room to move around.  If you’re looking for a unique mix, but a large dog, then the Great Pyrenees American Bulldog is the dog for you! 

American Bulldog Great Pyrenees Mix
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American Bulldog Great Pyrenees Mix – At a Glance

Weight:75-150 pounds
Height:20-30 inches tall
Lifespan:10-15 years
Coat Colors:White, black, brown
Temperament:Energetic, loyal, brave, independent, loving
Most Suitable For:Families with or without children, singles, active owners

What Does a American Bulldog Great Pyrenees Mix Look Like?

American Bulldog Great Pyrenees Mix
Photo: @bannockthegreatamericanbulldog

The American Bulldog Great Pyrenees is a behemoth of a dog! Standing at times over thirty inches tall, this large double-coated dog is sure to bring the shed into your home, at least twice a year – you should expect to brush the Bulldog Pyrenees at least once a week to help cut down on the shedding. The Bulldog Pyrenees has a deep, muscular chest and large paws and a longer snout than a traditional Bulldog.

The History of the American Bulldog Great Pyrenees Mix:

In many different breeds of “designer” dogs, there’s great difficulty in pinning down the exact history of the mixture of breeds. However, we can glean that breeders of this dog would likely have wanted to mix the best of the two breeds to create a gigantic hybrid.

American Bulldog History

American Bulldog History
White American Bulldog

Much less difficult to trace is the history of the American Bulldog – they arrived in America as early as the 17th century – and by the following century, they were the farm’s favourite working dog in the country. Being historically bred for life on the farm, as a working dog, really helped them to adapt to their new environment, despite being traditionally raised in England. Used on settler farms in the early days of America, they maintained their utility for centuries before their current state of a domestic house pet, rather than a hearty, hardy working dog.

How Popular Are American Bulldogs in the United States?

The United States is a popular place for the American Bulldog, as they routinely rank in the top ten of the most popular dogs in the country. And, in 2021, the American Kennel Club ranked the American Bulldog as the seventh most popular dog in the country.

Who Are American Bulldogs a Good Dog For?

The American Bulldog is an excellent choice of dog for most families, given their large size and hefty weight, any owner will need to make sure they can handle the size and weight of the American Bulldog. If you can handle them, they’re a fantastic loyal companion for any family or single individual, provided you can keep up with the exercise routine of the American Bulldog. 

How Did American Bulldogs Come About?

The American Bulldog first made its way to America in the late 18th century, as immigrants from England brought their English Bulldogs over with them to the United States. The American Bulldogs’ exact genealogical history is difficult to pin down, however, their history is mostly as plantation guard dogs in the Deep South.

When Did We First Cross-Breed American Bulldogs?

The initial history of cross breeding American Bulldogs is spotty, however, they likely first began to crossbreed in the 1990s and early 2000s, as crossbreeding became popular throughout the United States.

Several popular American Bulldog crossbreeds include:

Great Pyrenees History

Great Pyrenees History
Great Pyrenees Enjoying a Beautiful Sunny Day

The history of the Great Pyrenees breed begins in the mountains of France, where, centuries ago, the breed was used to herd cattle and sheep up and down the Pyrenees mountain range. Eventually, the dog was adopted by King Louis XIV as a Royal Dog, proving themselves to be fantastic guardians of his chateaux. 

How Popular Are Great Pyrenees in the United States?

Within the United States, the Great Pyrenees breed isn’t exactly the most popular of breeds, this is probably due to their enormous size. However, they would be of most use/popularity in mountainous regions of the country and as large ranching dogs. They currently fall 63rd in popularity rankings, according to the AKC’s rankings for 2021.

Who Are Great Pyrenees A Good Dog For?

The Great Pyrenees are a massive breed of dog. Perfect for farmers, or those with plenty of lands for them to run and exercise in. Outdoorsy folk who either like to hike or hunt are perfect owners for such a dog. The Great Pyrenees were bred for such things! They’re not a great fit for those who live in smaller homes or the elderly due to their size and strength.

How Did Great Pyrenees Come About?

The Great Pyrenees were originally bred by French farmers and shepherds living in the Pyrenees mountain range in France. They eventually became herding/guard dogs and companions of the Royal Household of King Louis XIV.

How Did We First Cross-Breed Great Pyrenees?

Crossbreeding the Great Pyrenees is usually frowned upon within certain factions of the dog-owning community, simply due to the natural beauty of this breed. It’s for this reason that the crossbreeding history of the Pyrenees is spotty, but they’re thought to have originated from the Pyrenean Mastiff and/or the Spanish Mastiff. Crossbreeding of the Great Pyrenees itself is difficult because of its giant size – for this reason, it tends to be crossbred with dogs of a similar size.

However, it can also be crossed with smaller dogs, but this is most commonly through IVF treatments. Popular Great Pyrenees crossbreeds include:

What is the Temperament of the American Bulldog Great Pyrenees Mix?

Luckily for most families, the Bulldog Pyrenees mix is a great dog for any family unit. It’s got a laissez-faire attitude to life and is very docile. Happiest when running around, though, so ensure that you can keep up with its energetic pace. Providing you can, the Bulldog Pyrenees will reward you with years of faithful, devoted and loving service.

Are American Bulldog Great Pyrenees Mixes Friendly?

Both of their parents’ genes are from particularly friendly dogs, so you can expect the Bulldog Pyrenees to be equally friendly. 

Are American Bulldog Great Pyrenees Mixes Easy to Train?

Yes, both dogs are particularly easy to train, as both were bred to be herding dogs, therefore listening to commands and heeding them quickly are in their genes!

How Much Can American Bulldog Great Pyrenees Mixes Weigh?

These gigantic dogs tend to weigh anywhere from 75-150lbs.

How Tall Can American Bulldog Great Pyrenees Mixes Get?

Though Bulldogs can be shorter, Great Pyrenees dogs reach a whopping 30 inches in height. You can expect your mix to reach anywhere from 20-27 inches high at their shoulders.

Similar Sized Breeds

While it’s difficult to find an exact match for the size of the Great Pyrenees, dogs of all cross types with the Great Pyrenees are going to be of similar size to the Bulldog Pyrenees mix. However, look for Great Danes and Malamutes to find perhaps the closest matches in size.

Does a American Bulldog Great Pyrenees Mix Shed?

Given that either parent will have either a short coat or a long coat, Great Pyrenees actually have double coats, you can expect your Bulldog Pyrenees mix to have a moderate-length coat and a moderate amount of shedding. Be sure to brush your dog every week!

How Much Exercise Does a American Bulldog Great Pyrenees Mix Need?

Both of these dogs were bred to run and so you can anticipate heavy exercise requirements for both dogs. Give this dog at least thirty minutes of heavy exercise (running, hiking) every day, or an hour-long walk! Keeping a strong exercise routine will help them stay healthy and live longer!

How Long Does a American Bulldog Great Pyrenees Mix Live?

The lifespan of the American Bulldog is between 10-15 years, while the Great Pyrenees is between 10-12 years.

Therefore we can assume the life expectancy of the American Bulldog Great Pyrenees mix is anywhere between 10-15 years.

Like with any dog, there are a number of factors that will determine the number of years your specific American Bulldog Great Pyrenees mix lives like diet and exercise.

What Health Conditions Could the American Bulldog Great Pyrenees Mix Have?

How Can You Find a American Bulldog Great Pyrenees Mix For Sale?

While it is certainly possible to find a Great Pyrenees Bulldog mix for sale, we encourage to first check out your local animal rescue centre and/or shelter to find out if they have of these pups up for adoption.

How Much Does a American Bulldog Great Pyrenees Mix Cost?

Should you strike out on the hunt for that particular dog in the shelters/adoption circuit, you can expect to pay over $1000 USD. The Great Pyrenees is one of the highest-priced dog pups out there!

Is the American Bulldog Great Pyrenees Mix the Right Breed For You?

If you’re a lover of the outdoors and have a big property without a guardian, or have a family home with space enough for a larger dog, then the lovable and loyal Bulldog Great Pyrenees mix might be exactly the dog you’ve been looking for.

If you think you can offer a wonderful home to this dog, consider choosing to adopt, rather than purchase a pup.

Nick Meagher

I'm Nick Meagher, a lifelong dog enthusiast and the voice behind this blog. Having grown up with dogs, I've developed a deep understanding and an unbreakable bond with these amazing companions. Through MyK9Life, I aim to share insights, tips, and heartwarming stories, celebrating the joy and journey of life with our four-legged friends.

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