I know you might wonder what would become of a mix between two breeds with an awful reputation and that looks so frightening to some people, right? Ha-ha! But the Pitbull Bulldog mix, even with this scary look will amaze you. They are affectionate, loyal, hardworking, smart, and friendly hybrid.
This mixed breed possesses great energy levels and eagerness with a stocky build that makes them a fantastic guard dog. They are kittens at heart so there is nothing to fear.
Today we dive deeper into what you expect from this mix-breed between a Pitbull and a Bulldog. With this info, you will be able to tell whether it is the right choice for you.
What is a Pitbull Bulldog mix called?
This designer dog between a Pitbull and Bulldog is commonly referred to as the Bullypit, sometimes spelled Bully Pit. The name still sounds scary nonetheless, right? I know! But it is all in your head because of the past horror that we humans created by inspiring them to be violent.
History of the Breed
Though designer dogs have been around for a while now, some people trace the history of the Pitbull Bulldog mix to 30 years ago.
But to help us understand the Bullypit better, here is what we know about the parents.
Pitbull – Pitbulls aka Pits have a depraved history that instills fear in most people’s hearts. Yet, very few are attentive to see what an excellent companion it is. Pits originated from the United Kingdom and are progenies of the Old English Bulldogs, which are now extinct. People bred them specifically to take part in bull baiting, a cruel blood sport that was later banned. When they got to America in the 1800s, they stripped off their past and were trained as working dogs, guard dogs, and companions.
Pitbulls are naturally stubborn but wear a sweet, friendly personality that makes them good family dogs and excellent companions. They are smart, comical, affectionate, compliant, kind, bold, and very eager to please you. And while the AKC has not recognized Pitbulls as a breed, the United Kennel Club (UKC) does.
Male Pits are around 18 to 21 inches tall with a weight of 35 to 60 lbs., and females usually stand 17 to 20 inches in height and weigh between 30 and 50 lbs. Some common health problems in Pits are congenital heart defects, hip dysplasia, kneecap dislocation, skin problems, as well as degenerative myelopathy. This severely brachycephalic breed has a life expectancy of 8 to 15 years.
The Bulldog – Like Pitbulls, the Bulldog was first bred in England for entertainment and sporting activities, particularly in bull-baiting. It was a mix between the Mastiff and a pug. It originated from the British Isles and was given the name following its premeditated creation purpose.
In spite of the large size that can be intimidating at first sight, the Bulldog is sociable and sweet. The breed is popular for its determined, friendly, obedient, and outgoing nature, plus it is predictable and loyal. These personalities plus the reputation for courage make Bulldogs are outstanding family dogs. The American Bulldog was documented by the AKC in 1970 and in 1935 by the UKC.
The Bulldog has an overall height of 15 to 19 inches, 12 to 16 inches withers height, and a body length of 22 to 27 inches. When fully grown, they are 50 to 55 lbs. in weight. They are prone to some common health problems like acute breathing difficulties, dental issues, skin problems, and joint issues. They can live between 8 and 10 years.
|Weight||50 to 100 pounds|
|Height||20 to 24 inches|
|Child-friendly/ Pet-friendly||Very friendly with kids & pets but needs proper early socialization|
|Coat Type||Short, glossy & smooth|
|Coat Color||Black, tan, red, yellow, grey, golden, cream, and white|
|Temperament||Super active, have a strong prey drive|
|Lifespan||10 to 13 years|
So, what does a Bullypit look like?
Typically, the Pitbull Bulldog mix will have a large head and mouth as both parents do. You will notice the huge feet that are proportional to the Bullypit’s brawny physique. The chest will be broad, with a broad and flat head with a short muzzle, and rosebud or floppy ears. And did I mention the narrow or broad trails?
When it comes to size, the Bully Pit stands 20 to 24 inches on average with a weight of 40 to 80 pounds. The size is definitely not suitable for apartment living. This mixed breed has a short, fine, and sleek coat but it is not hypoallergenic with a blue or red nose, and a range of colors.
Does it sound like a family pooch or companion you are desperately looking for?
Temperament and Characteristics
Despite the daunting appearance, the Pitbull Bulldog mix or Bullypit has a sweet-natured and friendly personality. They exhibit a cheerful temperament but are very protective. While this is good for a guard dog, your mix-breed might not be as welcoming as the Retriever Pit. That means they need early socialization.
They love fun but can come a little rough which is not safe for kiddos under 10 even though they mean zero harm. However, they are fond of playing with children. One major drawback is that the Bullypit does not get along well with other pets.
The Pitbull Bulldog mix has moderate to high energy levels. As such, make sure that they eat a healthy diet made with high-quality ingredients. Most Bullypits should eat between 2 ½ to 4 cups a day, but it will depend on your dog’s size and age. These dogs need food that supports bones and overall health.
This mixed breed is also prone to obesity so make sure that they eat well-planned meals to avoid overfeeding and bloat. Check out the best dog food for Pitbulls here.
Training & Exercise
Bully Pits are intelligent and so affectionate to their owners with a zeal to learn and please which means they pick up commands pretty fast. This makes training easy. If you have a disrespectful mix, however, you will face the music, especially if you are not a skilled trainer.
For best results, use positive reinforcement and verbal praises when training your Pitbull Bulldog mix. Be gentle or you will make them bolt or cower away and both situations are perilous.
In terms of exercise, your Bullypit needs are energetic so they will need plenty of stimulation. Being a product of both active parents, the mix-breed should get at least 90 minutes of exercise. Failure to deliver this and boredom will turn them into a destructive beast.
Avoid tiring exercises and instead, stick to low-intensity walks and playtime with favorite toys.
The Pitbull Bulldog mix, unlike other crossbreeds, is not that healthy, particularly due to the Bulldog parent’s health conditions. So, if they inherit this parent, it is not going to be easy. But if they favor the genes of the Pitbull parents more, you are on the lucky side.
That being said, Bullypits are prone to serious health conditions such as hip dysplasia, heart disease, and breathing difficulties. Other minor health issues include allergies, skin irritation, and eye annoyance.
If you have a healthy Pitbull Bulldog mix, you will enjoy its company. The Pitbull American Bulldog mix has a lifespan of at least 12 years or more.
Bullypits boast cute short coats that shed a little which means they have moderate maintenance when it comes to grooming. Brush this coat using a soft brush at least once or twice a week and more frequently during the shedding season. Bathing is not necessary unless your Bully Pit plays on something that might make them smell. Just wipe the coat with a wet washcloth when dirty.
The area within their eyes needs to be wiped frequently and thoroughly but gently with a damp washcloth. Brush their teeth once a day and clip their nails when needed.
Cost and Maintenance
The cost of a Pitbull Bulldog mix costs somewhere between $250 and $2,000 from a reputable breeder. The price can, however, be affected by other factors such as the breeder’s location and popularity. Bullypits, unlike most Pitbull mixes, may have high maintenance costs, especially due to their inherent health conditions.
Where to Adopt
If you are interested in a Pitbull Bulldog mix for adoption, start with your local shelter or rescue for Pitbulls.
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Hi there! My name is Alex Landy, one of the co-founders here at Our Pets HQ and a parent to a small-breed Yorkie. I am a published author of two books on dog breeding and currently write on various pet-related blogs about caring for dogs. I am a parent of two daughters and live outside Boston where I spend a lot of time with family and serve in different breeding clubs. You can reach me at email@example.com