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American Bullnese – Dog Breeds Guide

Breed summary

Size: Small to Medium
Weight: Males: 18 - 30 pounds; Females: 15 - 25 pounds
Height: Males: 9.5 - 12 inches; Females: 8.5 - 11 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High


The American Bullnese is a natural clown dog, known for its sense of humor and antics. These are true companion dogs who prefer cuddling than playing ball. Therefore, they make excellent lap warmers.

The Bullnese is a short, squat dog with a heavy head and upper body. Its face is pushed in, with lightly hanging jaws, and they always seem to be smiling. When talking about this breed, there two types to mention: a purebred which is being bred by the American Bullnese Association, and a crossbreed between the French Bulldog and the Pekingese. Hence, this one is not considered as a purebred.

Official Name

American Bullnese


Florida – USA
Family / Group – Non-Sporting


The American Bullnese was created in the late 1980s by Mr. Robert E. Rice in the State of Florida. He wanted to develop a breed with traits that he enjoyed most on a dog, their humor, amicability, funny expression, and American Bullnese is the resort.


American Bullnese dogs are just cheery little clowns that are a bit lazy. They love cuddling, making them perfect as lap warmers for retirees or people who just love to stay at home. Their humorous antics matched with their comical appearance make them enjoyable companions to have in the house. They are also great with kids.

Bred For

Its clownish and loveable features


The American Bullneses are very inactive indoors and can live without a yard. Therefore they are great for apartment life. In addition, they are perfect for both country and city living because of Its size and laidback demeanor.


These dogs are very easy to groom! The American Bullnese has a smooth and shorthaired coat that requires minimal care. Brush and bathe only when necessary. However, there is one thing which has to be cleaned regularly, their faces. They need occasional facial cleaning to prevent infection from creaks.


Training a Bullnese is easy as long as you have lots of treats.


Generally healthy, the American Bullnese is prone to snoring and heavy breathing. Back trouble often arises because of their short legs and torso’s, giving much pressure to their backs. In other words, you might have a heavy-breathing pup who has trouble sleeping because of congestion.

The American Bullnese is usually a healthy breed, but they can suffer from corneal ulceration, hernia, pinched nostrils, and disk disease.


American Bullnese dogs may be equipped with short and straight limbs, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need a lot of exercise. Having them fit and healthy through regular exercise is a must for these dogs. However, do not fatigue your dog with intense exercise. On the other hand, they need to move around once in a while as they are also prone to obesity. Therefore, light daily exercises are recommended.



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