Could the parent breeds of the Bulldog Poodle mix differ from one another?
What dog is the result of a stout English Bulldog bred with an elegant Poodle?
Note: it’s awfully cute!
If the idea of a Bulldog Poodle mix caught your eye, you might be wondering what this mixed breed dog looks like.
We’ll be researching the Bulldog x Poodle so you can make the right decision about your next canine companion.
Poodle mixed with bulldog
The crossing of two pure-bred dogs into a so-called designer mixed-breed “is an increasingly popular trend among dog lovers.>
The poodle is particularly popular with mixed breed dogs, both for their intelligence and personality and for their reputation as a hypoallergenic dog breed.
The health of the crosses
Many people assume that mixed breed dogs are healthier than purebred dogs.
In genetics, this is called “hybrid power”.
While outcrossing genetic lines can result in healthier offspring, there are some specific health concerns about the Bulldog Poodle mix that potential owners should be aware of.
Both the English Bulldog and Poodle have serious hereditary health problems that can be passed down to a mixed breed puppy.
There is growing concern among veterinarians that the bulldog health problems are too severe for the breed to persist.
Will mixing a bulldog with a poodle improve the health of the cross?
This may depend on the general health of each parent.
We’ll talk more about health concerns later, but first the bulldog poodle (often referred to as the boodle).
Poodle x Bulldog Description
“Poodle” comes in three different sizes: standard, miniature, and toy.
The standard is the largest and oldest type, and the smaller poodles were bred for size.
The size of your Bulldog Poodle mix will depend on how big the poodle was in the cross.
Poodles can range from 4 pounds and 10 inches in height at the shoulder to 70 pounds and over 15 inches in height.
All poodles share an elegant and graceful demeanor.
The English bulldog is much more robust and stocky than the poodle.
They are between 14 and 15 inches tall and weigh between 40 and 50 pounds.
What size will a Bulldog Cross Poodle be when it’s full?
As mentioned earlier, the size of your dog will depend on the size of the parents.
A bulldog crossed with a larger poodle generally results in a medium-sized dog weighing around 40 to 55 pounds and being 14 to 16 inches tall.
A bulldog crossed with one of the smaller poodles can produce a small to medium-sized dog with a weight range of about 15 to 40 pounds and a height of about 12 to 14 inches.
Remember that any mixed breed dog can prefer one parent breed over the other, or can be a mix.
As a result, it can be difficult to say how big your dog will get when he’s still a puppy.
Poodle Cross Bulldog Coat and Grooming
The bulldog and poodle breeds have different types of coats, resulting in a variety of coat options in the mix.
Poodles have thick and curly fur that comes in many different colors.
Many poodle owners take their dogs to professional groomers to clean and groom their coats, as home grooming can be time-consuming.
Poodles are low shedders, which makes them a popular choice for those with allergies.
Bulldogs have short, sleek coats.
While the coat itself requires little grooming and is only occasionally brushed, a bulldog’s many folds of skin require care and attention.
It is important to keep the skin clean and dry to avoid infection.
The coat is available in a variety of colors and markings.
Popular fur patterns are brindle and piebald.
What about the bulldog-poodle mix?
As with size, coat type and color may favor one parent breed over the other or a combination of the two.
Many Bulldog Poodle mixes have a short to medium-length coat.
The texture can be straight, curly, or wavy.
Colors and patterns vary greatly as the parent breeds have so many options.
A bulldog mixed with a poodle should be a low to medium shedder and usually require less grooming than a purebred poodle.
Don’t assume your Boodle is hypoallergenic.
Make sure you spend some time with them before taking one home with you if you have an animal allergy.
Bulldog Poodle Mix Temperament and Training
Fans of the Bulldog and Poodle mix love the dog’s friendly, loving and gentle demeanor.
Both parent breeds have appealing personality traits that should be reinforced through good socialization and training.
The English Bulldog is very calm, loving, and loyal.
Poodles are known for their keen intelligence, trainability, and active and alert natures.
The Bulldog Poodle mix can be a great choice for families with children and other pets.
They require a moderate level of activity and can make good house pets.
Train and socialize your puppy from a young age.
Always use positive reinforcement techniques.
Boodles tend to be with their owners and can experience separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time.
Bulldog Mix Poodle Health
As mentioned earlier, potential owners of a Bulldog Poodle mix should be aware of the genetic health issues of both parent breeds.
Poodle health problems
There are a significant number of genetic disorders that can appear in the poodle.
The Poodle Club of America maintains a comprehensive list.
Here are some of the most common.
Poodles, especially standard poodles, can be prone to idiopathic canine epilepsy.
Affected dogs will need medication to control seizures throughout their lives.
Two autoimmune diseases “Addison and sebum disease are also in the standard poodle, especially those from inbreeding genetics
Addison is a deficiency in adrenal hormones and SA is an inflammatory skin condition.
Toys and miniature poodles have also inherited health conditions.
One of the most common is a degenerative eye disease known as progressive retinal atrophy.
Joint problems are also common in small breeds (luxating “patella> and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease”>
Bulldog health problems
We have previously said that many veterinarians warn potential Bulldog owners about the health issues associated with the breed.
These problems stem from a lack of “genetic diversity” and the dog’s inherent physical structure.
The structure of the English bulldog’s head, face, legs, and tail make them prone to many chronic health problems.
Flat-bred (brachycephalic) breeds such as the bulldog suffer from breathing, eye, and dental problems.
Respiratory diseases can be serious and even life-threatening.
The wrinkled skin on the bulldog’s face and body make them prone to skin infections.
The bulldog’s short legs can lead to joint problems like hip dysplasia.
The breed’s tail indicates the possible presence of a painful spinal deformity known as the hemivertebrae.
Given the significant health issues facing the parent breeds, is it possible to find a healthy Bulldog Poodle Mix puppy?
Mixed breed dogs can inherit the genetic health problems of either parent breed. However, there are ways to minimize the risk of your puppy inheriting a serious genetic condition.
Bulldog-Poodle Mixed Puppies
Always choose a Boodle breeder who will screen their dogs for genetic disorders.
There are two types of tests you should ask for DNA testing and physical veterinary exams.
There are DNA tests available for some of the health conditions of both breeds.
Other health problems, particularly those of the joints and eyes, can be detected through physical exams.
Your breeder should provide you with the results of all health tests.
Most also offer their customers some kind of contract or health guarantee.
Never buy a Bulldog Mix Poodle puppy from an online ad or retail pet store.
Many of these dogs come from for-profit breeding operations called puppy mills that do not conduct proper testing.
A Healthier Puppy?
Will a puppy’s Poodle ancestry help offset the health problems caused by the bulldog’s extreme physical appearance?
It is possible that your Boodle puppy could inherit healthier physical traits, such as the poodle’s longer nose and legs and a straighter tail.
Choosing a dog with a more natural and less extreme appearance can help minimize some health issues. Remember, however, that results cannot be guaranteed.
Is a Bulldog-Poodle Mix the Right Dog for Me?
Without a doubt, the Boodle is an adorable dog with a winning personality.
Their temperament makes them great pets, but it is important to be aware of potential health issues.
And these dogs can have many of them.
Chronic health problems can affect your dog’s quality of life and cost thousands of dollars over the life cycle.
Because of this, we cannot recommend this crossbreed as a pet.
Fortunately, there are a few other lovely poodle mixes you might want to consider.
Whatever you choose, choose your breeder and pup carefully.
Also, make sure you are ready to take care of a dog that has special needs.
Do you already share your life with one of these cute puppies?
Tell us about your Bulldog Poodle mix in the comments!