Bull-Pei

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35-65 lbs
16-18"
Unknown

A cross between the English Bulldog and the Chinese Shar-Pei, the Bull-Pei is a robust medium to medium-large sized dog that requires minimal grooming. Both of these breeds were once used as fighting dogs in the 1800’s and 1900’s, and although selective breeding has created an easy going all-around family dog out of the English Bulldog, the Shar-Pei may still retain some of their more aggressive traits. These dogs are very strong and athletic, but they don’t need quite as much exercise as some of the other athletic breeds and they will generally be satisfied with 40 to 60 minutes a day of exercise, although most will happily go longer. They do admirably well in apartments as they aren’t particularly vocal nor overly active, although they may not get along with other animals particularly well. 

Purpose
Companion, Guarding
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
English Bulldog, Chinese Shar-Pei

Bull-Pei Health

Average Size
Height: 16-18 inches Weight: 35-65 lbs
Height: 16-18 inches Weight: 35-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Skin Fold Dermatitis
Minor Concerns
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Blood Test
  • Thyroid Tests
  • Skin Scraping
  • X-Rays
  • Respiratory Tests

Bull-Pei Breed History

The Bull-Pei is a hybrid dog, a crossbreed between the English Bulldog and the Chinese Shar-Pei, two breeds that were developed first as farm dogs, but later used in dog fighting and other blood sports. The English Bulldog is a very old breed and a great deal of its origin story is lost to history. Some experts believe that the Mastiff was descended from the English Bulldog, while others believe that the English Bulldog was itself a cross between a Mastiff breed dog and a Pug. Either way, it is very clear that these dogs were utilized by farmers to control, guard, and bait bulls in the nineteenth century. To that end, Bulldogs of the 1800’s were bred to be much more aggressive and tenacious than they are today, with an extremely high pain tolerance. This made them not only excellent at controlling and baiting bulls, a practice intended to improve tough meat, it also made them superb candidates for fighting other dogs. Because of their prowess in the dog fighting ring, they were instrumental in the development of both the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier. When these violent “sports” became illegal in 1885, the breed was maintained by Bulldog fanciers who chose to breed for a more agreeable nature, and today’s English Bulldog is typically a docile animal who is capable of adapting to many situations. The Shar-Pei also has a long and mysterious past, but we do know that it, too, started out assisting farmers with working the farm, with hunting wild boar, and with guarding property. It was this dog's aggressive nature, coupled with the loose wrinkled skin that made it difficult for other dogs to gain a grip, that made this dog very capable in the fighting ring as well. Many dogs were killed in the 1940’s and 50’s in China due to famine, government policies, and fear of biological warfare and many breeds were decimated, including the Shar-Pei, but enough survived that they were recognized by the Hong Kong Kennel Club in the 1960’s. Crossbreeding these dogs may soften the aggressiveness of the Shar-Pei somewhat and will lengthen the snout of the Bulldog.

Bull-Pei Breed Appearance

The hybrid of the Bulldog and the Shar-Pei is a medium to large square-bodied canine with powerful muscles, a thick neck, and powerful jaws. Their heads are larger than average for their body size with a muzzle that can range between the broad, flat snout of the Bulldog and the substantial medium-length muzzle of the Shar-Pei breed. They have small eyes that are placed low on the face as well as triangular ears that are placed high on the head and fold down flat, either to the front of the face or to the sides. Both the Bulldog and the Shar-Pei sport wrinkles, but the Shar-Pei’s wrinkles are somewhat more dramatic, and the Bull-Pei is likely to inherit this trait as well. They have a short, straight, single-layer coat, although depending on which side of the family they favor this hair may have a fine texture and lay flat against the body or it may stand out straight from the body with an extremely coarse texture.

Bull-Pei Breed Maintenance

When it comes to grooming, these dogs are fairly easy to deal with. This hybrid’s short coat is quite manageable and although they require regular brushing with a curry comb or soft bristle brush to control the shedding and distribute body oils, monthly baths are usually sufficient for these dogs. Care should be taken to ensure that the folds of skin do not get any moisture or dirt trapped in them as this may lead to skin irritation, and a foul odor may develop. Medicated shampoo may be required if any skin disorders such as fold pyoderma or mange develop, and the face and muzzle area should be examined and wiped down on a weekly basis to prevent the formation of red yeast and other fungal or bacterial infestations. 

Bull-Pei Temperament

The Bull-Pei is typically a fairly placid animal who is happiest when spending time with their family. They tend to have a confident air about them and can become a little territorial. Most Bull-Peis will get along very well with children due to the Bulldog side of their heritage; however, Shar-Pei’s are not always tolerant of children and some Bull-Peis will inherit this temperament instead. All interactions with small children should be supervised as these animals are quite powerful. Socialization is essential with this crossbreed to prevent anxiety or aggression as unsocialized Bull-Peis are much more likely to act aggressively and lash out at another animal or at a stranger than their properly socialized counterparts. This canine may be more likely to chase smaller household pets than other dogs.  This dog should also be fairly easy to train, although you may encounter some Bulldog and Shar-Pei mixes that are a little more stubborn than most. 

Bull-Pei Activity Requirements

Neither the Shar-Pei nor the Bulldog have very high exercise requirements and the Bull-Pei will also be satisfied with several short exercise sessions throughout the day. The Bull-Pei may also be more susceptible to weather related problems, so precautions should be taken when exercising in either very hot or very cold weather. They don’t typically bark frequently, but it is definitely noticeable when they do, and they do tend to snore rather loudly. These dogs do tend to prefer a yard to sniff around in, but they can also be quite content in an apartment environment as well, just as long as they are close to their family.

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