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The Bulldog Doberman mix refers to the crossbreed between the Doberman Pinscher and either the English Bulldog, American Bulldog, or French Bulldog.

Both parents of the Bulldog Doberman mix are people-oriented, good-natured, affectionate, and loyal to their owners, especially if trained and socialized correctly. The mix’s parents are highly regarded for their boldness, a trait that makes their mix incredible protectors and watchdogs.

The English bulldog is well-liked for its reliable and predictable personality although they may not be the smartest dogs. American bulldogs, on the other hand, are smart, loyal, and famous for their agility. The French bulldog (Frenchie) has an easy-going temperament and is comical and is the smartest in the bulldog lineage, even more than their ancestors.

While the English and American bulldogs were bred as working dogs prior to being companions, Frenchies were solely bred for companionship. Doberman Pinschers were created for protection.

So, what is expected of the Doberman Bulldog mix? Is this crossbreed a good addition to your home?

In this article, we have included everything you need to know about the cross between a Bulldog and the Doberman Pinscher. From disposition to appearance, health issues, how to care for them, and more, you will find our research very useful. Continue reading.

What is a Bulldog Doberman mix called?

There are three varieties of bulldogs. Breeders, therefore, will name a Bulldog Doberman mix depending on the type of bulldog that was used to create the crossbreed.

For instance, a Doberman American Bulldog mix is known as an American Buldober, while a Doberman English Bulldog is known as a Doberman Bulldog. A French Bulldog mixed with Doberman is called a Doberman Frenchie. A Doberman Bully Pinscher is another general name for this mix.

Since the Bulldog Doberman mix is a designer dog, it is not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) even though its parents are. Nonetheless, the crossbreed is accepted and can be registered with the Dog Registry of America (DRA).

Doberman Bulldog mix puppies

When it comes to crossbreeds, it is very difficult to tell whether your Doberman Bulldog mix puppies will resemble their Doberman Pinscher or Bulldog parent. As they become fully grown, however, they will exhibit traits that will favor one parent or a unique blend of both. Due to the varying colors and features of their parents, you can expect anything from these puppies.

Intelligent like their Doberman parent, these pups are people-oriented and brave like both parents. They are loving and playful making them a great companion for the right family. The Doberman Bulldog mix will thrive on a diet that is rich in proteins that support healthy development.

Check out these pictures of a Doberman Bulldog mix:

History of the Breed

The exact origins of the Bulldog Doberman mix are unknown as it is with most mixed breeds. It is likely that they may have existed naturally somehow or as a result of unintentional breeding. What is clear is that the deliberate breeding of two purebreds has been practiced for the last 20 to 30 years. Hybrid dogs can also be created from multigeneration crosses.

So, we can say that breeders mixed a Bulldog with a Doberman Pinscher on purpose within this period. Since this success, the Doberman Bulldog mix has increased in popularity among dog lovers.

Since there is no detailed history of the Bulldog Doberman mix, let us have a look at their parents.


The Bulldog – This dog breed originated from the British Isles and was first developed and trained to fight bulls for sport in England throughout Europe. When bull-baiting was banned, they were used in dogfighting. This unfortunate past has followed them to date even though they are not aggressive as they used to be then, which is why they are banned in some countries.

A white & fawn bulldog standing in the grass
A white & fawn bulldog standing in the grass

Bulldogs come in three varieties that share a common ancestor including the English Bulldog, American Bulldog, and the French Bulldog. The first two types were bred as large, energetic working dogs before being buddies while the Frenchie was created as lapdogs for companions. The AKC accepted the English bulldog as a dog breed in 1886 and the French bulldog in 1898. The American bulldog is currently recognized by the American Bulldog Kennel Club (ABKC), the UKC in 1999, and is acknowledged by AKC’s Foundation Stock Service since 2019.

Bulldogs are medium-sized dogs that stand 12 to 16 inches tall and weigh 40 to 55 lbs. On average, most bulldogs have a life expectancy of between 8 and 13 years but suffer from many health issues that can affect their lifespan. Some of the common health issues in bulldogs include hip dysplasia, luxating patella, breathing issues, eye problems, allergies, and stenotic nares.

The Doberman Pinscher – First developed in the 1800s, the Doberman Pinscher was bred as a guard dog by a German tax collector named Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann. The Apolda native had access to many dog breeds which he crossed with the aim of developing a dog for protection. Since then, the Doberman dog breed’s powerful and muscular build makes it an excellent service dog while its protective nature continues to make it a great companion.

A Brown Doberman Pinscher standing in the field
A Brown Doberman Pinscher standing in the field

Doberman Pinschers have a high dog IQ that ranks them 5th position in the most intelligent dog breeds for work and obedience. Their ability to analyze possible threats in nearly all situations ranks them as some of the smartest dogs globally known to man. Dobies are loyal, obedient, full of life, and come in a variety of stunning solid colors and bi-colors. They were acknowledged as a dog breed by the AKC in 1908.

These medium-large dog breeds stand between 24 and 28 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh 71 to 99 lbs. Dobermans have a life expectancy of 10 to 13 years but are susceptible to health problems such as hip dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease, albinism, hypothyroidism, narcolepsy, and Wobbler’s syndrome.


What will a Bulldog Doberman mix look like?

This is a question that most people will ask when it comes to mixed dog breeds. There is a huge difference between crossbreed puppies of the same litter. Therefore, telling what your mix will look like at this stage is tricky and we have to wait until they are fully grown.

English Bulldog Doberman mix

A Doberman English Bulldog can stand anywhere between 18 and 22 inches tall at the withers with a weight of 55 to 77 lbs. Given that bulldogs are hefty, and the Doberman sports a lean and muscular build that is athletic, your mix should have a physique that is somewhere in between or more of the Doberman parent. Expect your crossbreed to have a stocky, powerful head and build, and some degree of the flat-faced muzzle shape inherited from the English bulldog parent.

Like both parents, the English Bulldog Doberman mix will have a short, straight, and fine coat that sheds moderately but is easy to groom. This hybrid is not hypoallergenic so if you have sensitivities or are allergic to dog fur, you might want to consider another cross, like a Poodle mix. This mix will have brown eyes and a black nose.

Coat color possibilities for the English Bulldog Doberman mix include black, bridle, gray, red, fawn, and white. In addition, the mix can have patterns like those of the Doberman parent visible in areas such as above the eyes, throat, muzzle, front of the legs and chest, and below the tail.

American Bulldog Doberman mix

The American Bulldog is larger than the English bulldog and the Doberman Pinscher is larger than both. Therefore, the American Buldober can be anywhere between 23 and 27 inches tall at the shoulders with a weight of between 65 and 100 lbs. Most mixes will take after the lean and brawny yet athletic body of their Doberman parent. Expect this mix to have a large head as well.

The American Buldober sports a short, straight, and sleek coat that sheds moderately like both parents. While this makes it easy to groom, the cross is not the best choice if you or any member of the family is allergic to pet fur. Expect to see a black nose and brown eyes.

This mixed breed comes in a range of striking solid colors and bi-colors. White, fawn, and red, are the most common in both parents, but you can expect a blend of these colors too. Like the Doberman parent, American Buldobers are rust-colored with these markings visible above both eyes, throat, nose, and below their tail, and front of the chest, legs, and feet.

French Bulldog Doberman mix

The mix between a Doberman and a Frenchie is the rarest in the bulldog category, especially due to the difference in size. Most Frenchie Dobermans will take after their French Bulldog parent’s size meaning they will be 16 inches tall at most and weigh 25 to 35 lbs. Mostly, this mix will have a wide head, a short muzzle, and a flat nose, or a narrow head and longer muzzle.

Expect this hybrid to have bat ears and a short tail, although some puppies in the litter might have rose ears. Like both parents, the Frenchie Doberman will have a short, coarse, and shiny coat that might shed moderately or excessively depending on the parent they take after most.

This mix will mostly come in black and tan or cream and tan colors.

Temperament and Characteristics

Both the Bulldog and Doberman parents of the Doberman Bulldog mix are known to be good-natured with a disposition that makes them excellent family pets. So, what becomes of their mixes?

English Bulldog Doberman mix

The Doberman Bulldog inherits some of the best traits from both parents like affection towards their owners. This mix is smart, loyal, friendly to the family, and very alert which makes them terrific guard dogs. This friendliness, however, is not extended to strangers and other dogs. As such, the English Bulldog Doberman mix requires early socialization from puppyhood so they can distinguish between a stranger and an intruder.

Doberman Bulldogs are determined and fearless and will love mental stimulation, but you need to set guidelines or the Doberman parent’s assertive nature will prevail. Most of the people who own the English Bulldog Doberman mix told us they are great with kids. However, supervision is necessary when they are playing with your children.

American Bulldog Doberman mix

Like both parents, the American Buldober has a sweet disposition that makes him an excellent companion. This crossbreed is smart and attentive, so it can be very easy to train if the strong-willed nature of the bulldog or the pushy traits of the Doberman parents does not dominate much.

American Buldobers are devoted to their family and will protect them from anything that seems like a threat. They do not get along with other dogs well and tend to be aggressive towards people they are not familiar with. This makes them outstanding security dogs for your home. While this sounds like a good thing, socializing them early is recommended so they will know how to be well-behaved in public.

This mix will be very good around your kids as most owners say, but they need continuous supervision.

French Bulldog Doberman mix

Both parents of the French Doberman are very adaptive to any kind of environment. The mix is full of life and playful, intelligent, and enjoys the company of its family members. The French Bulldog Doberman mix is also very good and protective of children. They like being the center of attraction, a trait it inherits from the Frenchie parent, which makes them extremely amusing.

Although the Frenchie Doberman is warm, charming, and welcoming most of the time even to a visitor, they tend to be aloof with strangers, sometimes. If you are looking for a reliable guard dog that will bark when an intruder is approaching your home, do not pick a Frenchie Doberman.

Ease of Training

One thing that is common in all the Bulldog Doberman mixes is that they are intelligent, a trait they inherit from the Doberman Pinscher parent. This makes them easy to train.

English Bulldog Doberman mix

The Bulldog Doberman is bright and attentive which means they will grasp orders fast which is crucial during training. Being a mixed breed, however, they can inherit the stubborn nature of the Bulldog parent, the assertiveness of the Doberman parent, or both. This can make training them a challenge.

Make sure you introduce obedience, potty, and crate training when your Doberman English Bulldog mix is a puppy. The cross can be easily bored, so maintaining short and consistent sessions can make training productive. In addition, they will respond better to training if treats and verbal praises are included.

The Doberman Bulldog needs early socialization with children and other pets at home so they can get along fine. Therefore, make this part of your regular training especially if you bring your mix home as a puppy.

American Bulldog Doberman mix

Both the Doberman and American Bulldog parents are smart which makes their mix even more intelligent. So, they will be easy to train especially if you begin it from when they are puppies. Start with simple commands as well as crate and potty training and use their obedience to your advantage to train them properly.

Since the American Buldober is affectionate, take this time to create a strong bond and they will respond well to training. Like their Doberman English Bulldog cousins, this mix will be more receptive to training if you use positive reinforcement techniques. And while the American Bulldog Doberman mix is a high energy dog, they like short and engaging training sessions.

The American bulldog Doberman mix needs early socialization with kids and other dogs and pets at home. Make sure you teach them how to behave around children, visitors, and other pets as well from when they are young.

French Bulldog Doberman mix

A French Doberman inherits smartness from both parents, but it can be willful and defiant to training like the Frenchie parent. Generally speaking, this mix is obedient and always eager to please which could be beneficial to their training. Like all dogs, they will become more obliging to your commands if you use treats and praises.

This mix might be hard to housebreak, again like the Frenchie parent, so you will need patience and constancy during potty and crate training. Unlike its American Buldober and Doberman Bulldog cousins, the French Doberman is good with kids and can be friendly to strangers. Nevertheless, you will still need to socialize this mix early to retain these characteristics.

Exercise Requirements

The exercise needs of a Bulldog Doberman vary significantly depending on the type of bulldog that was used to create the crossbreed. Although the Doberman is super active, some bulldog types are more active while others are more relaxed. Let us see what each mix needs.

English Bulldog Doberman mix

A Bulldog Doberman can either be active like the Doberman parent or more relaxed like the English bulldog parent. Therefore, you expect your Doberman Bulldog to have moderate to high energy levels. That being said, this mix will thrive best with a 45-minute exercise each day that includes activities such as a brisk walk and short run.

Because of the bulldog parents’ short snout, this Bulldog Doberman should not run or walk long distances or do any strenuous exercises as they will make it hard for them to breathe. This mix will appreciate living in a home with a fenced yard where they can play and explore.

If you are planning to take your English Bulldog Doberman mix on a walk during winter or fall, make sure they have a sweater as they are not tolerant of cold. Since these pooches are smart, they will need games that keep them mentally stimulated all the time to prevent boredom.

American Bulldog Doberman mix

Both parents of the American Doberman are high energy and active which means this mix might have demanding exercises. On average, this crossbreed should exercise for 45 to 60 minutes a day. An American Bulldog Doberman mix will not mind the long walks and runs or even taking a hike with you. They need that to keep healthy.

American Dobermans are an intelligent mixed breed. Therefore, make time to play mentally exciting games such as fetch in the backyard. Other than keeping them fit and happy, it will prevent boredom that could lead to destructive behaviors.

French Bulldog Doberman mix

A French Doberman’s exercise needs are similar to their Frenchie parent, especially if they take after their French Bulldog parent’s short muzzle. This is because short snouts lead to overheating and a face that is too flattened leads to difficulties in breathing. Short legs are also a contributing factor.

That being said, your Frenchie Doberman needs 25 to 45 minutes of exercise each day split into small sessions. A short walk is sufficient for this mix, and they will love playing a game of fetch in a yard that is fenced well to keep them mentally active. This will prevent tediousness that can awaken their bad chewing behavior.

Nutritional Requirements

A dog’s dietary needs are determined by a number of factors including the stage of life, weight, health issues, activity level, and more. However, both parents of the Bulldog Doberman mix love to eat! If you are not sure about the amount of food your Bulldog Doberman mix should eat, consult your vet as they understand your dog’s dietary needs best.

English Bulldog Doberman mix

An English Doberman should consume 2 to 3 cups per day of high-quality kibble divided into small meals throughout the day. Doing this prevents your mix from overeating and weight gain that could lead to serious health problems such as obesity as well as bone and joint issues.

American Bulldog Doberman mix

American Buldobers are active dogs that need to eat dog food that is crafted for medium to large dogs with high energy. This mix should eat 3 cups of premium kibble per day split into 2 or 3 small meals. As a rule of the thumb, do not overfeed your mix as they can become overweight which sometimes leads to life-threatening health issues.

French Bulldog Doberman mix

French Dobermans are active but do not need to eat a lot of food, no matter how much they love it, as they are more prone to obesity than their cousins. This mixed breed should be fed high-quality dog food that is formulated for small breeds with high energy levels.

The French Doberman should eat 2 to 3 cups of food daily split into small meals.

Health Issues

Typically, breeders mix two purebreds to minimize the health conditions affecting both parents. While bulldogs have a plethora of health issues, Doberman Pinschers are prone to a few health conditions. So, is the Bulldog Doberman mix healthier than its parents?

English Bulldog Doberman mix

English Bulldog Doberman mixes are susceptible to serious health issues such as Wobbler’s syndrome and cardiomyopathy. Minor health conditions include bloat, cherry eye, breathing difficulties, hip dysplasia, osteosarcoma, and von Willebrand’s disease.

American Bulldog Doberman mix

American Buldobers are predisposed to hip dysplasia, eye problems, reverse sneezing, and are highly susceptible to heat problems.

French Bulldog Doberman mix

French Dobermans are likely to have health issues such as joint dysplasia, breathing problems, gastric torsion, and cardiomyopathy, among others.

Life Expectancy

How long does Bulldog Doberman mix live?

English Bulldog Doberman mix

The English Bulldog Doberman mix has a lifespan of between 8 and 12 years.

American Bulldog Doberman mix

American Buldobers have a longer lifespan as they can live between 10 and 14 years.

French Bulldog Doberman mix

Like their American Buldober cousins, Frenchie Dobermans have a longer lifespan than English Bulldog Doberman mixes as they tend to live 10 to 14 years.

How to Care for them

If you want your Bulldog Doberman mix to live longer and happier, you must take them for vet checkups regularly, exercise them adequately, and feed them the appropriate diet. When you combine that with good grooming, you offer the best care for your pooch.

Grooming Requirements

The grooming needs for your Bulldog Doberman will depend on which parent they inherit most from, especially bulldogs. So, is a Doberman mix with Bulldog easy to groom?

English Bulldog Doberman mix

The English Bulldog Doberman mix sports a short, straight, and fine coat that sheds moderately which means that it requires very little maintenance. Brush your Doberman Bulldog coat a few times a week to maintain its sleekness and to keep the coat healthy. If they inherit the bulldog’s face wrinkles, make sure that you clean them with a soft damp cloth gently to prevent infections.

Do not bathe your Doberman Bulldog unless necessary like when they get very dirty during exercise or play. As you wash your mix, check their skin for redness and see a vet if you notice any. Their nails should be clipped often or taken to a professional groomer. Make sure that you brush your Doberman English Bulldog mix teeth every day.

American Bulldog Doberman mix

The short, straight coat of the American Buldober has minimal maintenance needs as it sheds moderately. Brushing the coat a few times a week helps remove the dead hair while keeping the coat shiny. Unless necessary, you should not bathe your American Bulldog Doberman mix frequently.

Keep their nails short by trimming them regularly and brush their teeth every day to give them optimal oral health.

French Bulldog Doberman mix

Frenchie Dobermans have a short, smooth, and sleek coat that sheds moderately or excessively. If they inherit the Doberman parent, they have minimal grooming needs as compared to when they take after the Frenchie parent. Either way, invest in a quality vacuum cleaner. This mix will require at least 3 times brushing per week to remove dead hairs and give its coat a shiny look.

Mostly, this crossbreed inherits Frenchie’s wrinkled face so you should clean the skin folds regularly using a damp cloth. This prevents dirt buildup that could lead to infections. Their ears should be checked every couple of weeks for infections and taken to a vet if noticed. Make sure you clean the ears often.

The Frenchie Doberman’s nails should be clipped every 4 to 6 weeks and their teeth brushed every day.

Cost: How much does a Bulldog Doberman mix puppy cost?

The price of a Bulldog Doberman mix puppy depends on the reputation and reliability of the breeder, as well as their location. In addition, the pedigree of the parents also influences the price and so does the type of bulldog used to create the mixed breed.


An English Bulldog Doberman mix puppy can be priced anywhere between $1,200 and $3,000,

An American Buldober pup may be between $1,500 and $3,000, and

The Frenchie Doberman puppy is anywhere between $1,300 and $2,500.

We estimated the cost using the price of the purebred Bulldog and purebred Doberman Pinscher parents. The prices can vary significantly from one breeder to another.

Where to Adopt

Instead of shopping for a Bulldog Doberman mix, you could opt to adopt which is less costly and you have a chance of taking a well-behaved pooch home. If you choose this, you can start by asking your local shelter or contacting rescue organizations of the parent breeds.


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