- Activity Level: high
- Grooming Level: low
- Trainability: moderate
- Adaptability: moderate
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 10-12 years
- Prey Drive: high
- Watchdog: aware
- Registered?: other
Bullador Breed Profile
The Bullador is a designer mixed breed that is a cross between an English Bulldog and a Labrador Retriever. Bulladors tend to be friendly, loving, and playful dogs that make great family pets.
Although they are not recognized by the American Kennel Club, they are recognized by other notable dog organizations. The American Canine Hybrid Club, International Designer Canine Registry, Dog Registry of America, Inc., and more all recognize the Bullador.
Bulladors tend to be affectionate and loving dogs with a gentle, sweet nature and an energetic, playful personality. They tend to get along fantastically with children as well as other dogs and other pets.
They can have a prey drive. So, you will want to socialize them with smaller pets in the household. Although they are open and friendly, they will usually bark to alert you of people or animals nearby. They can be protective, but are generally more interested in making friends.
The Bullador is a moderately adaptable dog breed. They do best in homes with fenced yards where they can run. However, if you dedicate the time to giving them the exercise and mental stimulation they need, they can adapt to apartment living.
They tend to do well in most climates. As with any dog breed, they are sensitive to heat. If they have more of a flat face like their English Bulldog parent, they will be very sensitive to heat and may have difficulty breathing in cold weather.
They are devoted to their families, so they do not like to be left alone for long. Because of their prey drive, they can have an urge to chase. As such, you should only let them off-leash in securely fenced areas. Even if they are trained off-leash, they may decide to ignore your recall commands if they get excited and caught up in chasing something.
Although a designer breed can sometimes win the genetic lottery and avoid inheriting the health conditions common to their parents, it’s not a guarantee. Potential health conditions to be aware of in the Bullador include skin issues, hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia.
Reputable breeders will screen their dogs to avoid passing issues on to puppies. So, make sure you ask the breeder about the genetic and health history of both of the parents. You can also ask about any health tests that have been done.
If a Bullador inherits the snub-nosed face of the English Bulldog, they can have difficulty breathing and will be extra sensitive to heat. These dogs can also be prone to weight gain and obesity, so it’s important to maintain a healthy diet, avoid overfeeding, and give them enough exercise regularly.
Bulladors are also one of the breeds at risk for bloat. Bloat in dogs can become serious very quickly and can be fatal if the stomach flips (gastric torsion). So, it’s important to do what you can to prevent it and to know the symptoms so you can get help immediately.
Although a Bullador can pick up on things quickly and can be easy to train, they also tend to be stubborn at times. This can be a challenge for first-time dog owners to handle alone. But, puppy training classes can help.
These classes can still be a good idea even if you don’t necessarily need them. Not only do they reinforce training and strengthen the bond you have with your puppy, but they also often offer opportunities to socialize a puppy.
The Bullador has a short coat that will shed moderately year-round. Brushing this coat weekly or a few times a week is usually enough to keep your Bullador comfortable and their coat healthy. Bathing is occasional and on an as-needed basis.
In addition to coat care, you will also need to care for your Bullador’s nails, ears, and teeth. Depending on how quickly they grow, cutting your dog’s nails once or twice a month is usually enough to keep them from growing too long and causing discomfort or other issues.
Weekly ear checks and carefully cleaning your dog’s ears as needed can help prevent ear infections. When you are checking them, ears should be clean, dry, and free of debris. If you see redness, irritation, discolored discharge, or something else that is concerning, then you know it’s time to go to the vet.
Because dental care for dogs is often overlooked, gum disease is one of the most common health issues in dogs. But, it doesn’t have to be an issue for your dog. Brushing teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste every day is ideal for helping to prevent painful dental diseases later in life. Regular checkups and cleanings at your vet are an essential supplement to your efforts.
The Bullador can range from a moderate to high energy level. They generally require a lot of activity to be happy. Daily walks plus some playtime and extra activity are usually enough for this dog. However, they will likely be up for more activity as long as you are.
They tend to be athletic dogs, so once Bullador puppies finish growing and developing, you can try a bunch of different activities with them. Hiking, swimming, playing frisbee, and more can all be great activities for a Bullador. They will likely also love taking trips to the dog park.
A fully-grown Bullador usually stands 17-22 inches tall and weighs 50-90 pounds.
Bulladors generally live for 10-12 years.