- Activity Level: moderate
- Grooming Level: low
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: high
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Small
- Average Lifespan: 10-14 years
- Prey Drive: low
- Watchdog: aware
English Boston-Bulldog Breed Profile
The English Boston-Bulldog is a cross between an English Bulldog and a Boston Terrier. This designer breed loves their family, is devoted to them, and strives to be a committed, involved member of the family.
Although the English Boston-Bulldog is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, they are recognized by other notable dog organizations. The American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and more all recognize the English Boston-Bulldog.
English Boston-Bulldogs tend to make great family dogs. They bond closely with their families, are affectionate, and love nothing more than being with them. They also tend to have a playful, comedic personality paired with a calm, gentle nature.
These dogs tend to get along fantastically with children. As long as they are properly socialized, they also get along well with other dogs, other pets, and even strangers. They can be prone to barking if boundaries for this behavior are not established early on or if they are inadvertently trained into it.
The English Boston-Bulldog is a moderately adaptable dog breed. They adapt well to just about any home including apartments. But, as a brachycephalic dog breed, they are highly sensitive to heat and cold. They also do not like to be left alone for long periods of time because they bond so closely with their families.
Are mixed-breed dogs healthier than purebred dogs? They can be sometimes, but it’s definitely not a guarantee. Just as a mixed-breed dog could inherit nothing from their parent breeds, they could also inherit any combination of the potential health conditions common to their parents or even all of them.
In the case of the English Boston-Bulldog, potential health concerns to be aware of include cherry eye, skin infections, glaucoma, cataracts, and heart problems. Because they are a snub-nosed dog breed, they are at a higher risk for heat stroke in higher temperatures. So, you need to be careful in the heat and also use safe ways to exercise flat-faced dogs to keep them from overheating.
Reputable breeders will be screening their dogs to avoid passing congenital issues to puppies. So, make sure you are asking them about the health and genetic history of both of the parents. You can also ask to see results or clearances from any tests that have been done.
This dog breed tends to be highly trainable and a good fit for owners of all experience levels. They are intelligent and pick up on things quickly. Plus, they are eager to please. They can be stubborn at times, especially if they are bored with repetition.
Although this can be a challenge for first-time dog owners, they can usually navigate it well as long as training is consistent and focused on positive praise and reward. These dogs are sensitive and will strive to perform to your expectations as long as those expectations are clearly and consistently communicated.
Even if you feel like you won’t need them, puppy training classes can be a good idea. Not only do these classes reinforce the training you’re working on at home, but they also help strengthen the bond you have with your puppy. On top of that, they offer opportunities to socialize a puppy.
An English Boston-Bulldog has a short coat that sheds a little year-round. Weekly brushing and the occasional bath are enough to keep this dog’s coat looking great. Because debris can get in their large eyes and trapped in their wrinkles, you need to regularly check these areas and clean as needed to help prevent irritation and other issues.
In addition to coat care, you also need to care for your English Boston-Bulldog’s nails, ears, and teeth. Cutting your dog’s nails once or twice monthly is usually enough to keep them from growing too long and causing issues. What’s right for your English Boston-Bulldog will depend on how quickly their nails grow; if you hear them clicking on the floor, it’s time for a trim!
Weekly ear checks can go a long way in helping to prevent ear infections. Take some time to look in your dog’s ears on a regular basis and carefully clean your dog’s ears if needed. Ears should be dry, clean, and free of debris, redness, or other concerning things. If you see something that looks off, then you know it’s time to visit the vet.
A good dental care routine is also essential. Unfortunately, it’s something many dog owners overlook, which is why gum disease is one of the most common health issues in dogs. Using an enzyme toothpaste or brushing your dog’s teeth every day along with regular vet visits are essential for good dental care for dogs. Starting dental care early and keeping up with it throughout your dog’s life can help prevent painful dental diseases.
English Boston-Bulldogs will be full of energy as puppies and will mellow out a little as they age. They will be in a more moderate activity range when they are young with bursts of energy while playing. As they age, they tend to settle into a lower activity range. Daily walks plus plenty of playtime are usually enough for these dogs.
English Boston-Bulldogs usually stand 15-17 inches tall and weighs 20-25 pounds.
English Boston-Bulldog generally lives for 10-14 years.