"Bullnese" is often used to describe a basic hybrid mix of the cross
between a French Bulldog and Pekingese however, they should not be
confused with the ones affiliated with the ABA (American Bullnese
Association) and Bobby Rice's breeding program in which not only were
the French Bulldog and Pekingese used, but the Boston Terrier, Pug and
Dachshund were also used as well.
In gradually combining a mix of the 5 breeds used in his breeding
program and by carefully choosing which pups that he wanted to keep
back to use for line breeding from each litter to try and achieve the
look he was after, over the years his hard work and dedication paid
off. But just as with most any breed, there are general guide lines
used to determine breed standards as well as, breed flaws.
Flaws for the American Bullnese include - anything other than a soft
smooth fold in the ears, with the most serious flaw being the
erect/"bat" ears, anything other than a soft sickled tail, with the
most serious flaw being the corkscrew/ spiraled/"piglet" tail, being
too tall/long legged and/or having straight legs, and having any type
of coat other than a short one.
The American Bullnese should appear to be thick boned and muscular.
Their legs should be firm, well shaped and formed with the forelegs
being short, stumpy and slightly bowed. They should be low to the
ground and have a long body that is broad at the chest with well sprung
ribs, narrowing at the loin. Their coats should be thick, dense, soft
and short, and can be of any color.
Their heads should be large and square, and with the stop causing a
hollow groove between their eyes. The eyes are large and round. They
should have well developed cheek muscles and the flews should be thick
and broad hanging over the lower jaw. The neck should be thick, with
loose skin at the throat. Their ears should have a soft fold and the
tail should have a soft sickle shape or slight curl to it.
They should stand between 8.5 - 12 inches and their weight usually
ranges between 15 - 30 pounds. With the average dog falling
midway the guide lines for both the height and the weight.
And with the combination of all these features,
it gives them the appearance of what I like to refer to
The Little Big
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