In recent years there are some very unusual hybrid breed combinations occurring, sometimes with unexpected or incredible results! However, when it comes to Bulldogs there have been some very successful crosses, including a Bulldog and Poodle mix. Let’s take a look at what a Bulldog mixed with Poodle might turn out like!
What Is A Bulldog Mix With Poodle?
Crossing two pedigree breeds to make a designer dog isn’t a new concept. Dog lovers have been breeding these dogs, known as hybrids, for many years. However, in recent years there has been a flurry of new hybrids in the dog world, including the English Bulldog with a Poodle!
This cute little hybrid generally referred to as a Boodle (how adorable!), is rapidly increasing in popularity. To understand what this hybrid will look like, we need to know a bit more about these two breeds.
The Poodle is a noble and proud breed of dog, with a dignified stance and alert nature. They have an intelligent face, with dark, oval eyes and a long tapering muzzle. The ears are long and floppy, dangling down the sides of the face.
This breed has a high and proud head and tail carriage, and the limbs are strong and athletic. One of the most distinctive features of the Poodle is the way they move – they almost seem to be prancing on tiptoes!
Poodles have an unusual coat, which is thick, dense, curly, and matted, and this breed does not shed its coat. Poodle hair is also hypoallergenic, so this breed is popular with people who suffer with allergies.
Bulldogs really do have one of the most unmistakable faces of all dog breeds, with their broad, droopy face, dark, expressive eyes, and protruding lower jaw. They have a sturdy, muscular body with short, thick-set legs, which give this breed a characteristic ‘waddling’ gait. The coat is short and dense, making it easy to maintain.
So, what happens when these two breeds are crossed? This process is called creating a hybrid – a dog which is half one breed and half another. The aim is to keep the most desirable characteristics of each breed.
A Poodle Bulldog mix will be a small to medium-sized dog, depending on which type of Poodle was used. The coat will be thicker and denser than the Bulldog, with the curls of the Poodle. Some of these hybrids have the low-shedding qualities of the Poodle coat, making them ideal for people allergic to dog hair and dander.
When it comes to personality, remember that the Bulldog Poodle comes from two breeds which were originally bred as working dogs – for hunting, herding, and protection. So, your hybrid will very likely be a loyal dog, but may also be destructive if not kept entertained.
The face of the Bulldog-Poodle mix can be very cute and endearing in appearance. The best examples of this hybrid have the slightly dopey expression of the Bulldog and the long, floppy ears of the Poodle.
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Is A Bulldog Poodle Mix A Good Pet?
It is important to remember that this hybrid consists of one breed which was bred for hunting, and another which was bred for fighting. Although many decades of careful breeding have aimed to reduce these instincts, they still require careful handling and training.
If this is your first experience in owning and training this type of dog, it is a good idea to have someone on hand to advise you. An experienced dog trainer will be able to help you understand the best training methods. Putting the time and effort in from the start will give you the best chance of avoiding any aggression problems. A good level of basic training right from the start will give you the best chance of avoiding aggression problems in the future.
However, in the right hands, a Bulldog Poodle mix can make a fabulous family pet! These are good-natured dogs which are loyal and eager to please. It is essential that they are well socialized as puppies to prevent any problems later in life.
With good training, your Bulldog Poodle mix will become an integral part of the family. It will have high exercise needs, so is best suited to an active household with a secure outdoor area. They need at least one hour’s exercise per day, ideally split into two sessions. Your Bulldog Poodle mix will enjoy any type of exercise, from a walk on the leash to a good run along the beach.
How Much Does A Bulldog Mixed With Poodle Cost?
Before buying a Bulldog mixed with Poodle, it is important to do your research first. Look for a reputable breeder who selects the best parents to breed from.
The price will vary according to the quality of the puppy and the health status of the parents. The cheapest puppy is not always the best one, as you may end up with a dog with multiple health problems and huge veterinary bills. It is vital to research the health problems of both breeds before buying a hybrid puppy.
Once you have brought your hybrid puppy home, there are other costs to take into account. Your puppy will need vaccinations and a microchip, and it is also worth investing in a good pet insurance policy. Puppy training classes are vital if you want to ensure that your Bulldog Poodle Mix is well trained and socialized.
Bulldog Poodle Mix Health Problems
One of the biggest causes for concern with this hybrid is hip dysplasia. Both the English Bulldog and the Poodle are prone to this debilitating lifelong condition.
Choose a reputable breeder who health tests their breeding stock for hereditary conditions. This should include hip and elbow dysplasia screening as well as an eye and heart examination.
So, as we have learned, a Bulldog mixed with Poodle can give you a fun-loving hybrid which makes a great family pet. However, as with all Bulldog mixes, they need careful handling and training to avoid any aggressive tendencies. They also have high energy needs and can be lively, bouncy dogs.
We would love to hear about your experiences with a Bulldog Poodle mix – have you ever owned one? Perhaps you are thinking of buying a Bulldog Poodle mix puppy but have a few questions you’d like us to answer? Add a comment below this post and we’ll get back to you!
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