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Lowchen vs Newfoundland vs Pug – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Lowchen vs Newfoundland vs Pug" Compare Lowchen and Newfoundland. Which is better: Lowchen or Newfoundland or Pug?
Name Lowchen Newfoundland Pug
OriginsSpain Germany France Netherlands Canada China
Group Companion Dogs Working Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank1693631
Reviews113
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Other Names Lowchen, Petit Chien Lion, Little Lion Dog, Little Lion Newf, Newfie, The Gentle Giant, Blackbear Mops, Carlin, Chinese Pug, Dutch Bulldog, Dutch Mastiff, Mini Mastiff
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Small Molossian type Dogs section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $5000-$8000 $1500-$2000 $300-$500

General Appearance - Lowchen vs Newfoundland vs Pug

Size Small Giant Small
Weight Male: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg), Female: 11-15 pounds (5-7 kg) Male: 130-150 pounds (59-68 kg), Female: 100-120 pounds (45-54 kg) Male: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 15.5 pounds (7 kg), Female: 13 pounds (6 kg) Male: 140 pounds (63.5 kg), Female: 110 pounds (49.5 kg) Male: 16.5 pounds (7.5 kg), Female: 15.5 pounds (7 kg)
Height Male: 13–15 inches (32–39 cm), Female: 12–15 inches (30–37 cm) Male: 27-29 inches (69-74 cm), Female: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm) Male: 12-14 inches (30-36 cm), Female: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 13.5 inches (34 cm), Female: 12.5 inches (32 cm) Male: 28 inches (71.5 cm), Female: 26 inches (66 cm) Male: 13 inches (33 cm), Female: 11 inches (27.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Lowchen vs Newfoundland vs Pug

Coat Dense Silky Wavy Harsh Fluffy Waterproof Thick Fine
Colors Black Tan Brown Blue Red Silver White Grey Gray Brown White Black Fawn Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Effortless: The Pug requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Lowchens shed none to minimal.
Newfoundlands are heavy shedders.
Pugs shed above average.

Characteristics - Lowchen vs Newfoundland vs Pug

Temperament Active Friendly Playful Familiar Happy Cheerful Intelligent Social Gentle Courageous Loyal Sweet Affectionate Courageous Intelligent Going Loyal Cheerful Gentle Friendly Playful
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Smart: Newfoundland's has great intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Lowchens are easy to train.
Newfoundlands are easy to train.
Pugs aren't famous for their trainability.
Playfulness
Lowchens, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Newfoundlands, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Pugs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Lowchens have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Pugs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Lowchens are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Newfoundlands are highly affectionate dogs.
Pugs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Lowchens need a lot of social interaction.
Newfoundlands are a social breed.
Pugs need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Lowchen is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Newfoundland rarely barks.
Average: The Pug barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Lowchens are average watchdogs.
Newfoundlands are one of the best watchdogs.
Pugs are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Lowchens strongly protect their territory.
Newfoundlands are extremely protective guard dogs.
Pugs strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Lowchen has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Newfoundland has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Pug has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Lowchens have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Newfoundlands have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Pugs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Lowchens have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Newfoundlands have average wanderlust potential.
Pugs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Lowchens don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Newfoundlands have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Pugs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Lowchens are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Newfoundlands are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Pugs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Lowchens adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Newfoundlands adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Pugs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Lowchens tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Newfoundlands do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Pugs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Lowchen vs Newfoundland vs Pug

Stranger Friendly
Lowchens are very stranger friendly dogs.
Newfoundlands are stranger friendly dogs.
Pugs are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Lowchens are kid-friendly dogs.
Newfoundlands are very kid-friendly dogs.
Pugs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Lowchens are very cat-friendly dogs.
Newfoundlands are very cat-friendly dogs.
Pugs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Lowchens are average friendly towards other dogs.
Newfoundlands are dog-friendly dogs.
Pugs are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Lowchen is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Newfoundland is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Pug is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Lowchens are usually recommended for elderly people.
Newfoundlands are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pugs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Lowchens are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Newfoundlands are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Pugs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Lowchens are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Newfoundlands are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Pugs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Lowchen breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Newfoundland breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Pug breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Lowchen vs Newfoundland vs Pug

Health Issues
Lowchens tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Very healthy dog breed.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Cataracts Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Addison's Disease Bloat Cancer Cataracts Cherry Eye Cystinuria Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Allergies Cheyletiella Dermatitis Corneal Ulcers Demodectic Mange Distichiasis Dry Eye Entropion Epilepsy Hemi-vertebrae Hip Dysplasia Legg-perthes Disease Nerve Degeneration Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Proptosis Pug Dog Encephalitis Staphylococcus Infection Vaccination Sensitivity Yeast Infection
Life Expectancy 13-15 years 9-12 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Lowchens have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Newfoundlands have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Pugs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Lowchens have an average exercise need.
Newfoundlands have an average exercise need.
Pugs exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Lowchens sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Newfoundlands sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Pugs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
High: The Pug breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers cold weather
The Newfoundland can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Low
The Lowchen has a low chance of bad smell.
High
The Newfoundland has a high chance of bad smell.
High
The Pug has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Lowchen is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Newfoundland is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
The Pug is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Lowchen vs Newfoundland vs Pug

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 3-6 puppies 4-12 puppies 2-4 puppies

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