English Bulldog: Which Breed Is Most Compatible?

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When it comes to finding the ideal English Bulldog companion, it’s essential to consider compatibility in various aspects.

English Bulldogs, with their distinct appearance, endearing personalities and a loyal companionship, are a popular breed in the UK and registration is increasing each year.

In this article, we explore the reasons why English Bulldogs are compatible companions for individuals or families seeking a loyal, relaxed and loving canine partner.

Bulldog: Factors to consider

When it comes to finding a compatible breed for your English Bulldog, it’s important to consider several key factors. Let’s take a closer look:

English Bulldogs temperament

English Bulldogs have a reputation for being relaxed, friendly, and affectionate. Bulldogs are typically calm and patient with a laid-back nature which makes them excellent for individuals and families alike.

When looking for compatibility, it’s crucial to find breeds that share similar temperament levels. Here are a couple of breeds known for their compatible temperaments:

  • French Bulldogs: These breeds share a common ancestry and have similar temperaments to English Bulldogs. French Bulldogs are playful, sociable, and adore human companionship, making them great pair for English Bulldogs.
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels: (A popular choice to mix with English Bulldogs) Known for their gentle and affectionate nature, Spaniels are a good match for English Bulldogs because both breeds are loving, patient, and enjoy spending quality time with their families especially children, I know that from experience.

What about the English Bulldogs energy level?

English Bulldogs have a fairly low energy level and tend to be more laid-back and relaxed compared to some other breeds. Finding a companion breed with a similar energy level is important to ensure compatibility and a good living environment. Here are a couple of breeds that often have compatible energy levels with English Bulldogs:

  • Basset Hounds: Like English Bulldogs, Basset Hounds are known for their easy-going and relaxed nature. In most cases Basset hounds also require moderate exercise and enjoy leisurely strolls, making them compatible companions for English Bulldogs.
  • Shih Tzus: These little dogs are also relaxed and calm, making them compatible with English Bulldogs. But be aware that some Shih Tzus are energetic and enjoy long walks.
An English Bulldog in a garden

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Special Needs and Health Considerations

English Bulldogs have some specific health considerations due to their unique looks. Bulldogs are brachycephalic, meaning they cannot breath so well.

When choosing a compatible breed, it’s important to consider potential health issues and ensure that both breeds have similar needs and care requirements. Here are a couple of breeds that could be compatible with English Bulldogs:

  • Pugs: Pugs share some similarities with English Bulldogs, including their adorable wrinkled faces and affectionate nature. While both breeds may have respiratory concerns, they can still be compatible due to their similar care requirements and companionship needs.
  • Boston Terriers: With their charming personalities and compact size, Boston Terriers can be a good match for English Bulldogs. Both breeds have a similar level of exercise needs and share some common health considerations, making them compatible companions.
  • French Bulldog: Part of the Bulldog family and sharing similar features with Boston Terriers and Pugs the Frenchie or French Bulldog is a common pair with the English Bulldog. Although they are similar in size, looks and personality they do have some differences. But they are a common compatible mix. To check out which breeds are compatible with the Frenchie, you can find that here.

When it comes to owning an English Bulldog and introducing a compatible companion, training and socialising are important. English Bulldogs are intelligent dogs but can be very stubborn, so early and consistent training is crucial to ensure good behavior and compatibility with other breeds. Here are a few training tips:

  • Start early: Begin training your English Bulldog from a young age, focusing on basic commands such as sit, stay, and come. This foundation will make it easier to introduce a new companion and establish a harmonious dynamic.
  • Positive reinforcement: Use positive reinforcement techniques such as treats, praise, and rewards to motivate and encourage your English Bulldog during training sessions. A positive and happy approach will always speed up the relationship building.
  • Meeting others: Socialising your English Bulldog with other dogs and different environments is vital to ensure they are comfortable and well-behaved around new companions.

By investing time and effort in training and socialisation early, you can set up for a successful integration of a companion breed into your English Bulldog’s life.

Common Challenges and Solutions

Introducing a new dog into your household, regardless of the breed, can have certain challenges. Understanding these challenges and having solutions in place will help ensure a compatible relationship between your English Bulldog and their new companion. Here are some common challenges and solutions to consider:

  • Guarding food: Dogs may show guarding behavior or “dominance” when it comes to food, toys, or attention. To prevent fights, ensure that each dog has their own space and separate feeding areas. Gradually introduce shared food and resources under supervision and provide positive reinforcement for peaceful behavior.
  • Energy level differences: If the companion breed has a higher energy level than the English Bulldog, it’s important to provide adequate exercise and mental stimulation for both dogs. Engage in activities that suit each dog’s energy level and consider separate play sessions or walks if needed. This will also prevent the other dog from being bored.
  • Health considerations: Some companion breeds may have specific health concerns, just like English Bulldogs. Research the potential health issues of the companion breed and talk to your vet if need be.

Remember patience and open communication with a professional dog trainer can help sort out any challenges and ensure a compatible relationship between your English Bulldog and their new companion.

My final thoughts

Bringing a compatible companion into the life of your English Bulldog can improve their daily experiences and provide them with a lifelong friend.

By considering factors such as temperament, energy level, training, socialisation and addressing common challenges, you can create a loving bond between your English Bulldog and their new furry companion.

Whether you choose a French Bulldog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Basset Hound, Shih Tzu, Pug, or Boston Terrier, remember that each dog is unique, and individual compatibility may change depending on other factors like age or training. Take the time to introduce them properly, provide training and socialisation opportunities and enjoy watching the special connection grow between your English Bulldog and their compatible companion.

I have written this article from my own personal experience and online research. Each dog is different and dogs may require extra care. For health concerns contact your vet.


Q: Are English Bulldogs prone to separation anxiety?

English Bulldogs like most breeds can be prone to separation anxiety and may experience distress when left alone for long periods. Proper training and gradually increasing alone time, whilst providing mental stimulation can help against separation anxiety.

Q: Can English Bulldogs coexist with cats?

With proper introductions and supervision, English Bulldogs are a relaxed breed that can coexist with cats. It’s best to introduce animals with each other when they are young but gradually introducing them to each other’s scents and presence can help foster a positive and compatible relationship.

However, it’s not best to leave them alone with each other until you are comfortable that they get along.

Q: Are English Bulldogs good with children?

Yes, English Bulldogs are known for their gentle and patient nature, making them great companions for children and families. However, it’s important to supervise interactions between dogs and children to ensure safety and teach kids how to respect dog’s and their limits.

Q: Do English Bulldogs get along well with other dogs?

English Bulldogs can get along well with other dogs, but individual temperament and proper socialisation are key factors. It’s recommended to introduce them to other dogs ideally when they are young but gradually and slowly allowing dogs to interact with each other over time can build trust and a relationship.

Q: How much exercise do English Bulldogs need?

English Bulldogs have a moderate exercise requirement due to their brachycephalic (short-nosed) nature. Daily walks and playtime are beneficial, but it’s important to avoid excessive exercise, especially in hot weather, to prevent breathing difficulties. But your vet can tell you more information.

Q: Do English Bulldogs have any specific health concerns?

Yes, in many cases English Bulldogs are prone to certain health issues, including respiratory problems and joint-related conditions. Joint and ligament issues can become apparent in any dogs later life. It’s important to address this with medical advise from your vet and/or consider exercises which may prolong your dogs joints. Here I have linked a few. Regular veterinary check-ups, a balanced diet and proper care can help manage and prevent potential health concerns.

Olivia Williams

Olivia Williams is a keen writer and has spent 6+ years writing professional, research-based content. Specialising in everything home related, whether that’s smart home products or pet goodies, she has an extensive knowledge on home appliances, dogs and safety products with a lot of reviewing experience. Before joining ThirtyBlue Media, she wrote content for her own website.