English Bulldog vs. Mini Bulldog

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English Bulldog vs. Mini Bulldog
The English bulldog is a popular pet around the world. (cute puppy image by Craig Stevens from Fotolia.com)

The English bulldog is a popular pet, originally bred in England as a fighting dog. They are considered to be loving, loyal pets but, as with all animals, they also have their problems. There are two conflicting opinions on the correct classification of the mini bulldog.

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Theories and Speculation

One belief is that the mini bulldog, also known as the miniature English bulldog, is a purebred and simply a smaller version of the English bulldog. Others believe that the mini bulldog is a mixed breed whose first generation included a small percentage of pug or French bulldog. Whichever the case, the general consensus is that the mini bulldog was bred to reduce the size and improve the health of the English bulldog.

English Bulldog vs. Mini Bulldog
The mini bulldog is a smaller version of the English bulldog, possibly with traces of pug or French bulldog. (pathetic bulldog image by Pierrette Guertin from Fotolia.com)

Features

The body of an English bulldog is stocky and well-balanced, with a flat coat and muscular arms and legs. It has a large head compared to its body, and a short face with a wide muzzle. The body of a mini bulldog has the same features but it is smaller in size, generally standing less than 14 inches tall. If traces of pug are detectable in a mini bulldog, its face will be less flat and its nose more prominent.

English Bulldog vs. Mini Bulldog
A mini bulldog has the short face and broad muzzle of an English bulldog. (Bulldog image by Benjamin Huseman from Fotolia.com)

Temperament

The English bulldog is a loving, faithful, protective companion for owners of all ages. They are known as generally happy dogs that love affection and attention. Mini bulldogs possess the same characteristics and are equally loving and sociable. Both the English and mini bulldog can be stubborn and strong-willed, a trait which has remained in the breed since its fighting days, but the dogs are generally not vicious.

English Bulldog vs. Mini Bulldog
English bulldogs love spending time with their owners. (bulldog beach. image by JulianMay.co.uk from Fotolia.com)

Problems

Because the English bulldog has such a flat face, it can suffer from breathing problems, snorting, wheezing and even pneumonia. The breed also is affected by changes in temperature and can overheat. The mini bulldog, with its more protruded muzzle, is less likely to suffer from these health problems. All breeds of dog, however, have health issues and individual dogs may develop problems not typical of their breed.

English Bulldog vs. Mini Bulldog
The short face of the English bulldog can make it susceptible to breathing and respiratory problems. (Bulldog anglais image by Olivier from Fotolia.com)

Advice

Choose an established, reputable breeder for the best chance of finding an English bulldog or a mini bulldog in good health and with an appealing temperament. A reputable breeder will answer any questions you have about their mini bulldog, including whether it is a mixed breed.

English Bulldog vs. Mini Bulldog
There is ongoing debate surrounding the origins of the mini bulldog; some believe it has traces of pug. (Sitting Pug image by LOLA from Fotolia.com)

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