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Bull-Pei Breed Information

Description: The Bull-Pei breed is a cross between the English Bulldog and the Chinese Shar-Pei. The breed’s body type is a medium-large sized dog with a short coat. Described as strong and athletic, the Bull-Pei has a broad, flat snout with a medium-length muzzle and small eyes. Bull-Pei have the wrinkles both their parent breeds are known for with hair described straight and fine. Bull-Pei are described as a loving, protective breed that is a good family dog that is friendly in social situations. This crossbreed is said to soften the aggressiveness of the Shar-Pei and lengthen the snout of the Bulldog.

Other Names: Bullpei 

Type: Crossbreed, Hybrid. 

Height: 16-18 in.

Weight: 35-65 lbs.

Colors: Common colors of Bull-Pei dogs are blue, brown, black, white, golden and chocolate.

Coat: The coat of a Bull-Pei breed is best described as short, fine and harsh in texture

Temperament: Bull-Pei are affectionate, loyal and protective. When they bond with their owner and their family, Bull-Pei dogs are friends for life and will do everything to prove their loyalty. This breed can adapt to social situations quickly and are always playful, curious and energetic. With Children: Bull-Pei dogs are patient and gentle with children. This breed can balance being gentle and patient with younger kids, and being energetic and playful with older kids. With Pets: Bull-Pei will be friendly with other dogs as long as they are socialized from a young age.

Watch-dog: Since they are protective and territorial by nature, this breed is an ideal watch dog. They have no problem alerting their owner of strange surroundings. 

Guard-dog: Bull-Pei dogs will not hesitate to defend their owners and families in the face of conflict. Like its parent breeds, Bull-Pei are bred to be companion sized guard dogs. 

Care and Training: Bull-Pei dogs are a low-maintenance breed, requiring brushes two to three times a week and baths only when they need it. The wrinkles of their skin must be washed and dried thoroughly to avoid infection, even between baths. Owners are recommended to check and wipe their dog’s ears with dog ear cleaning solution and a cotton ball once a week to avoid buildup. Bull-Pei dogs are best trained with reward-based practices and positive reinforcement. This breed is known to be smart but stubborn. Patience will go farther than punishment when it comes to house training. 

Learning Rate: High. Obedience: Moderate. Bull-Pei dogs tend to have a stubborn side but are very intelligent. Problem Solving: High. 

Activity: Moderate. An hour of outdoor activity will suffice this breed’s need. 

Living Environment: Bull-Pei dogs are great at adapting to all environments, which is ideal for first-time pet owners. This breed will flourish in an apartment setting as long as they get an hour of outdoor activity daily. 

Health Issues: Health concerns common in this breed are Hypothyroidism, cancer, skin problems, patellar luxation, swollen hock syndrome, joint dysplasia, reverse sneezing, bloating, OCD and eye problems. 

Life Span: 8-12 years. 

Litter Size: 4-10 puppies.

Country of Origin: N/A

History: Both the English Bulldog and the Chinese Shar-Pei, the parent breeds of the Bull-Pei, were bred as fighting dogs in the 1800’s and 1900’s. Bulldogs were bred to be aggressive guard dogs used in vicious sports like bullbaiting during the 1800’s in England and the Shar-Pei were trained to hunt wild boat and guard property in China. As a result of famine and Chinese government policies, many dogs were killed during the 1940’s and 50’s. The Shar-Pei breed managed to make it and thrive after the decimation. The breed was recognized by the Hong Kong Kennel Club in the 1960’s. 

First Registered by the AKC: The Bull-Pei are not recognized by the AKC.

Registries: ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR
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