What Is the Life Span of a Pug Bull?

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Cross a pug with an English bulldog, and the result is a pug bull -- also known as the bull pug. The mix is sometimes referred to as the miniature bulldog.

Pug Bull Appearance

Both breeds are brachycephalic, or short-nosed, so expect the pug bull to have that squished-in face. At maturity, the male English bulldog weighs about 50 pounds, with the female averaging 10 pounds less. The adult pug weighs just 14 to 18 pounds. Neither breed standard specifies a height. The pug is considerably shorter than the English bulldog, but neither are tall dogs.

Coat and Colors

While both the pug and the bulldog have short hair -- and wrinkles -- the pug bull can sport the coat colors of either breed. Acceptable pug coat colors are just fawn or black, while the bulldog appears in various types of brindle -- a lighter base coat with dark striping -- along with pure white, all red, fawn and piebald -- which is black and white. The pug influence could show up as a black mask on the face, which isn't found in the bulldog.

Pug Bull Temperament

The American Kennel Club describes the pug as charming, mischievous and loving, and the bulldog as calm, courageous and friendly. The pug bull should get along with everybody, including cats, kids and other canines. He doesn't need a great deal of exercise, and loves being part of the family. He's easily trained, but make sure he doesn't train you -- don't give in to his pleading eyes when you're eating your own food. Obesity is a serious issue in both breeds.

Health Issues

Because of their facial conformation, both breeds may develop brachycephalic airway syndrome, which causes breathing problems. Severely affected dogs may require surgery to correct airway abnormalities. Keep your pug bull indoors in an air-conditioned environment in hot and humid weather. Other health issues include:

  • Allergies
  • Bladder stones
  • Cancer
  • Pug dog encephalitis -- a fatal condition
  • Orthopedic problems, including hip dysplasia, slipped kneecaps and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, in which blood flow to the femoral head is cut off.

With luck and good care, the pug bull lives longer than the relatively short-lived English bulldog, who rarely lives beyond the age of 10. The pug's life span is longer, generally between 12 and 14 years. Much depends on whether the pug bull inherits some of the genetic issues common in both breeds.

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