English Bulldog Pitbull Mix: The Ultimate Guide

Published: 01/21/23 •  15 min read

The English Bulldog Pitbull mix is a medium to large-size dog with an intimidating figure and a heart of gold. The English Bulldog Pitbull mix has two purebred parents that are both descendants of the Old English Bulldog and will have plenty in common in terms of temperament and physical appearance thanks to their common ancestor.

English Bulldog Pitbull Mix
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Like most mixed-breed dogs, there’s plenty that’s difficult to predict about the English Bulldog Pitbull mix – so, we’ll need to draw from what we know about their parent breeds in order to give you the most accurate information possible.

For those looking to adopt or purchase one of these medium-sized dogs, our guide will walk you through the histories, temperaments, lifestyle, and suitability of each parent breed to prepare you to start bringing an English Bulldog Pitbull mix into your home.

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English Bulldog Pitbull Mix – At a Glance

Weight:60 – 70 pounds
Height:16 – 18 inches
Lifespan:12 – 14 years
Coat Colors:Black, tan, red, cream, white, grey, and golden
Temperament:Energetic, loyal, loving, friendly, hardworking, intelligent
Most Suitable For:Families with or without children, active single individuals

What Does a English Bulldog Pitbull Mix Look Like?

English Bulldog Pitbull Mix
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Like most designer dog breeds, you can expect that your English Bulldog Pitbull mix to take their physical appearance from both parent breeds – the question of how much of each parent is largely down to chance, and how their genetics mix together.

Your English Bulldog Pitbull mix will like to have the short, stocky build of the Pitbull with a broad chest. It may have a slightly longer body than your traditional Pit Bull-Type dogs but will be leaner than your average English Bulldog. It will likely have the floppy, triangular ears of the English Bulldog.

Your English Bulldog Pitbull mix’s coat colors will vary greatly, but almost all with have white markings on their coat. Their coat will be single coat and they have may have loose skin, as part of their Olde English Bulldogge heritage.

The History of the English Bulldog Pitbull Mix

As with most mixed-breed dogs, little is known about the history of the Bulldog Pitbull mix. It is likely that this crossbreed came to be in the 1990s and early 2000s, when crossbreeding became increasingly popular in the United States.

What we don’t know about the history of the English Bulldog Pitbull mix, we can glean from the extensive histories of both parent breeds. The Old English Bulldog and the Pitbull both have extensive British histories

The History of the English Bulldog

The History of the English Bulldog

The English Bulldog is a descendant of mastiff-type dogs that were likely crossbred with a type of Pug that was likely imported from China around the 13th century. The English Bulldog is known as a brachycephalic breed – similar to the Pug – hence the inference that they are likely ancient descendants.

English bulldogs were traditionally bred for ‘bull-baiting’ sometime around the 17th century when the sport became popular. ‘Bull-baiting’ is a blood sport wherein a dog such as Pitbull, English Bulldog, or Boxer would be placed into a field with an angry bull cow and would have to outrun the bull. The competition would end when the bull collapsed from exhaustion, or the dog was killed.

In 1835, the Cruelty Against Animals Act forbade the practice in the British Isles, which led to the English Bulldog becoming a companion pet. Maintaining their stocky appearance and flat face, the bulldog was also a working military and police dog and became of a national treasure and national emblem during the Second World War in the United Kingdom.

The English Bulldog had landed in the United States in the mid-17th century. It’s earliest documented use is as a bull-catcher in the New World. Trained to hang onto a bull’s nose, long enough for it to be ‘roped’, farmers had an extensive use for the unpopular English Bulldog.

The English Bulldog is often confused with the Olde English Bulldogge, which is an American dog breed that was developed in the 1970s by American breeder, David Leavitt. Who sought to develop a breed that had all the hallmarks of the English Bulldogs of old, with the goal of rebuilding that breed’s popularity in the U.S. Leavitt crossed current English Bulldogs with Bullmastiffs and American Pit Bulls.

How Popular Are English Bulldogs in the United States?

The English Bulldog was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886 and has become the predecessor for the American Bulldog. Although, the AKC doesn’t name the “English Bulldog” and the “American Bulldog” as separate breeds. Instead, the American Kennel Club classifies them under the same “Bulldog” banner.

In 2021, Bulldogs were the sixth most-popular dog in the United States.

Who Are English Bulldogs a Good Dog For?

Bulldogs are fairly active family pets, though if you obtain an English Bulldog, then expect a less active pet than the American version. The American Bulldog is a taller, leaner dog than the English Bulldog. These were bred as hunting dogs in the American Midwest.

The English Bulldog is a more round-bellied, stockier, shorter dog that’s great for families with or without children and are known for their positive, relaxed demeanor. Meanwhile, the American Bulldog is also a good family pet, though are more active and require a greater amount of mental stimulation when exercising.

In either case, Bulldogs aren’t great pets for the elderly or those who live in apartments due to their exercise requirements and the possibility of destructive behavior on the part of the American Bulldog.

How Did English Bulldogs Come About?

English Bulldogs were bred from ancient breeds like the mastiff – hence their loose skin – and the Pug, hence their flat-faced appearance. Bred for ‘bull-baiting’ in the 17th century, the English Bulldog was spared from that ugly fate in 1835 with the passage of the Cruelty Against Animals Act and was brought to the New World in an attempt to save the breed from extinction.

Today, the English Bulldog is a companion pet to many and has an extensive history in the British Isles as a national mascot of sorts, particularly during the Second World War.

When Did We First Cross-Breed The English Bulldog?

The breed standard of the English Bulldog has changed several times throughout its history, although it has maintained a fairly pure bloodline. Given its extensive history in Britain, it is not a common crossbreed in the U.K.

However, in the United States, in the 1990s and early 2000s, there was a crossbreeding craze that led to many mix breeds being created. Among them was the English Bulldog. Popular English Bulldog mixes include:

The History of the Pitbull

The History of the Pitbull

Pitbulls were originally bred in England, are today most commonly an abbreviation of the American Pitbull Terrier. The American Pitbull Terrier has a complicated legal status in the United States today, but was originally bred in England from the Old English Terriers and Old English Bulldogs, these dogs were known as “bull and terriers” in England, and arrived in the United States in 19th century.

The American Pitbull Terrier was first brought to the United States after falling out of favor in England following the passage of the Cruelty to Animals Act in 1835, which banned the ‘bull-baiting’ ‘sport’ for which the Pitbulls’ predecessors had been used for mercilessly for decades.

This meant that the American Pitbull Terrier had to find new utility in the New World. Pitbulls are the progenitors of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the English Bulldog and the American Staffordshire Terrier.

Today, Pitbulls that are legally owned enjoy a healthy, happy life as family companions and, despite the negative press that often surrounds their ownership, they are generally loving, loyal and protective dogs.

How Popular Are Pitbulls in the United States?

Pitbulls are extremely popular in the United States! Although the American Kennel Club does not recognize the Pitbull as a distinct breed, mostly due to their murky legal status, Pitbulls remain popular.

Several U.S. cities have outright banned Pitbull ownership, although no U.S. states have done so. This makes acquiring a Pitbull relatively difficult, especially for purebred “bullies.”

Despite not being recognized by the American Kennel Club, therefore not having any collected statistics by the American Kennel Club, other statistics seem to indicate that the Pitbull is still a popular American dog and accounts for up to 20% of ‘strong’ dogs in the United States.

Who Are Pitbulls a Good Dog For?

Pitbulls are well known for their stocky, muscular build and powerful shoulders. This can make them a challenge to do physical activities with for those who aren’t strong enough to handle them. Pitbulls are affectionate pets towards adults and children but could be aggressive with smaller pets, like rodents.

Pitbulls don’t do well in small spaces, and they can exhibit separation anxiety symptoms and destructive behavior. Therefore, they aren’t suitable for those who live in apartments.

How Did Pitbulls Come About?

The American Pitbull Terrier were first imported to the United States between 1845 and 1860. These dogs had recently fallen out of favor in England following the banning of ‘bull-baiting’, a sport in which Pitbulls, Boxers and English Bulldogs had been used.

Following their arrival in the United States, Pitbulls were used as rat catching dogs, butcher’s helpers and eventually became companion pets.

When Did We First Cross-Breed The Pitbull?

The Pitbull has been a popular crossbreed for much of it’s life for a variety of reasons. Most recently, given its murky legal status, some people have used crossbreeding as a way to circumvent the ownership laws.

The first crossbreeding of the Pitbull likely occurred early on in its existence, when it was crossed to produce a variety of terrier breeds. More modern crosses of the Pitbull include:

How Important Is a Dog’s Temperament to Your Family?

One of the most important parts of dog ownership is giving your dog an active, healthy, and happy life. One of the most common reasons dogs wind up back in animal shelters or at their local vet clinic, up for adoption, is because they were a temperamental mismatch to their new family.

Acquiring a dog is a huge responsibility and should be taken seriously. In order to ensure that you and your new dog lead the happiest lives possible, it is in your best interests to thoroughly research the temperament of your prospective dog breed – and make sure that it matches closely with your own family.

Most likely, the active family unit will want an active family dog, like a German Shepherd, a Husky, or a Rottweiler. Whereas a family living in an apartment building is more likely going to be able to have a smaller dog, like a Pug or a small terrier-type dog.

You want to ensure that your dog choice matches your lifestyle.

What is the Temperament of the English Bulldog Pitbull Mix?

Despite fears of aggression, the English Bulldog Pitbull mix is likely to be an aloof, loving, and friendly dog. Aggressive behavior can be tempered through extensive training sessions. Generally, your English Bulldog Pitbull mix will be a goofy, happy-go-lucky dog that fits well with your active, outdoorsy family.

Is The English Bulldog Pitbull Mix Friendly?

Yes! Despite their reputation, Pitbull English Bulldogs are very friendly dogs! They can even sometimes be too friendly, as they can be a hyperactive breed.

Is The English Bulldog Pitbull Mix Easy to Train?

You might encounter some stubbornness with a Pitbull English Bulldog mix. This is why proper training, along with positive reinforcement is a necessary training tool. But in general, you can expect your English Bulldog Pitbull to be receptive to training.

How Much Can A English Bulldog Pitbull Mix Weigh?

The average weight of an English Bulldog Pitbull is between 60 and 70 pounds.

How Tall Can A Pitbull English Bulldog Mix Get?

The Pitbull English Bulldog will reach a height of between 16 and 18 inches tall.

Similar-Sized Breeds

There are a few similar-sized breeds to the English Bulldog Pitbull mix. These include:

Does the English Bulldog Pitbull Mix Shed?

The English Bulldog Pitbull mix only has a single, short coat, so you won’t have to worry about too much shedding. It will shed year-round throughout the year and will likely require a weekly brush to help keep the shedding to a minimum.

How Much Exercise Does A English Bulldog Pitbull Mix Require?

The English Bulldog Pitbull does require about 30 to 45 minutes of daily exercise. Though, as a brachycephalic breed, they’re not big runners. Brachycephalic breeds often encounter breathing due to Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome, as they age.

How Long Can a English Bulldog Pitbull Mix Live?

The average lifespan of a Bulldog Pitbull is between 12 and 14 years.

What Health Conditions Could the English Bulldog Pitbull Mix Have?

How Can You Find a English Bulldog Pitbull Mix Puppy For Sale?

Before you begin searching for an English Bulldog Pitbull mix puppy for sale, you should first consider if there are any Pitbull English Bulldogs up for adoption! Given the complicated legal status of Pitbulls in the United States, this breed and it’s subsequent crossbreeds sometimes find themselves stuck in animal shelters or vet clinics for months on end.

Check out your local animal shelter or vet clinic to see if an English Bulldog Pitbull mix has come up. Alternatively, you can search online at AdoptAPet.com, that allows you to search your local area for adoptees.

How Much Does a English Bulldog Pitbull Mix Puppy Cost?

The average cost of an English Bulldog Pitbull mix is between $1000 and $2000! The cost of that alone is around double or treble the price of any adoption processes you may undertake.

However, if you cannot locate any desirable English Bulldog Pitbull mix for adoption and still wish to purchase one, you should do your best to find a reputable breeder. We have written a guide on working with reputable breeders and strongly advise reading it before proceeding with any purchase.

Are Pitbull Bulldog mixes good dogs?

Pitbull Bulldog mixes can make wonderful companions when provided with proper care, training, and socialization. Their temperament can vary, but many individuals are loyal, affectionate, and playful. Responsible ownership and positive reinforcement training can contribute to their development into well-mannered and enjoyable pets.

Are Pitbull mixes protective?

Yes, Pitbull mixes, including those with Bulldog heritage, often exhibit protective tendencies. This quality is rooted in their history as guard and working dogs. They can become loyal watchdogs and show protective behavior towards their families. Effective training and socialization are essential to ensure that their protective nature is well-managed and doesn’t turn into aggression.

Are Pitbull mixes aggressive towards other dogs?

The behavior of Pitbull mixes towards other dogs can vary widely. Some individuals might display dog-aggressive tendencies due to their historical background, but not all Pitbull mixes are inherently aggressive. Early socialization, positive interactions with other dogs, and consistent training are critical factors that shape their behavior. Responsible ownership also plays a significant role in managing their interactions with other dogs.

How should I responsibly raise a Pitbull Bulldog mix?

Responsible ownership of a Pitbull Bulldog mix involves providing a loving and structured environment. Early socialization is crucial to help them become comfortable around different people, animals, and situations. Positive reinforcement-based training methods, such as rewarding good behavior, are effective in shaping their conduct. Regular exercise, mental stimulation, and routine veterinary care contribute to their overall well-being.

Can I adopt a Pitbull Bulldog mix if I have other pets?

Introducing a Pitbull Bulldog mix to a household with existing pets requires careful planning and gradual introductions. Proper socialization and supervised interactions are essential to prevent conflicts. Each dog has a unique temperament, so it’s important to assess the compatibility of the new dog with your existing pets. Seek guidance from professionals if needed.

Are Pitbull Bulldog mix suitable for families with children?

Pitbull Bulldog mixes can be suitable for families with children when raised and socialized properly. Their affectionate and playful nature often makes them good companions for kids. Supervision is vital during interactions to ensure that both the dog and the children treat each other with respect and safety.

What health considerations are important for Pitbull Bulldog mixes?

Like all breeds and mixes, Pitbull Bulldog mixes can inherit health issues from their parent breeds. Common concerns include hip dysplasia, skin problems, and genetic conditions. Regular veterinary check-ups, a balanced diet, exercise, and proper grooming are necessary to keep them in optimal health. Researching the health histories of the parent breeds can provide insights into potential health risks.

Is the English Bulldog Pitbull Mix the Right Breed For You?

If your life has been missing zest, energy, and charisma, then the English Bulldog Pitbull may be the necessary filler! This loving and loyal dog will give you many years of faithful service.

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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