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Pug vs French Bulldog vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Pug vs French Bulldog vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel" Compare Pug and French Bulldog. Which is better: Pug or French Bulldog or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
Name Pug French Bulldog Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
OriginsChina England France England
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank31419
Reviews000
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Other Names Chinese Pug, Dutch Bulldog, Dutch Mastiff, Mini Mastiff, Mops, Carlin Frenchie, Bouledogue Français Cav, Cavalier, Cavie
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1898 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Small Molossian type Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Small Molossian type Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the English Toy Spaniels section.
Price $300-$500 $2000-$4000 $1200-$1500

General Appearance - Pug vs French Bulldog vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Size Small Small Small
Weight Male: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg) There are two weight classes of French Bulldog: 19 - 22 pounds (9 - 10 kg) and 22 - 28 pounds (10 - 13 kg). Over 28 pounds is a disqualification. 10-18 pounds (5-8 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 16.5 pounds (7.5 kg), Female: 15.5 pounds (7 kg) There are two weight classes of French Bulldog: 19 - 22 pounds (9 - 10 kg) and 22 - 28 pounds (10 - 13 kg). Over 28 pounds is a disqualification. 14 pounds (6.5 kg)
Height Male: 12-14 inches (30-36 cm), Female: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm) 12 inches (30 cm) 12-13 inches (30-33 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 13 inches (33 cm), Female: 11 inches (27.5 cm) 12 inches (30 cm) 12.5 inches (31.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Pug vs French Bulldog vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Coat Fine Fine Feathered
Colors Fawn Black Brindle Cream Fawn White Tan Blenheim Tricolor Ruby
Grooming
Effortless: The Pug requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The French Bulldog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Pugs shed above average.
French Bulldogs shed quite a little.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed above average.

Characteristics - Pug vs French Bulldog vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Temperament Affectionate Courageous Intelligent Out Going Loyal Cheerful Gentle Friendly Playful Affectionate Alert Bright Keen Patient Playful Athletic Easygoing Lively Affectionate Courageous Intelligent Cheerful Gentle Social Polite Quiet Active Graceful Fearless Friendly Nonaggressive Sporting No tendency towards nervousness
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Pugs aren't famous for their trainability.
French Bulldogs are quite easy to train.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Pugs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
French Bulldogs are not the most playful dog breed.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Pugs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
French Bulldogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Pugs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
French Bulldogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Pugs need a lot of social interaction.
French Bulldogs need a lot of social interaction.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Pug barks occasionally.
Low: The French Bulldog barks none to minimal.
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Pugs are average watchdogs.
French Bulldogs are average watchdogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Pugs strongly protect their territory.
French Bulldogs are average defenders.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Pug has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The French Bulldog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Pugs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
French Bulldogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Pugs tend to escape less than other breeds.
French Bulldogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
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.
French Bulldogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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
Pugs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Pugs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
French Bulldogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Pugs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
French Bulldogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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 - Pug vs French Bulldog vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Stranger Friendly
Pugs are very stranger friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are stranger friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Pugs are kid-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Pugs are very cat-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Pugs are very dog-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Pug is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
French Bulldog is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pugs are usually recommended for elderly people.
French Bulldogs are not the best breed for elderly people.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Pugs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
French Bulldogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Pugs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
French Bulldogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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.
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.
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
Pug breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
French Bulldog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 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.
Not really
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 - Pug vs French Bulldog vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Health Issues
Pugs are very healthy dogs.
French Bulldogs are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-12 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Pugs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
French Bulldogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Pugs don't need too much exercise.
French Bulldogs don't need too much exercise.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Pugs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
French Bulldogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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. Recommended daily amount: 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Pug breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness High
The Pug has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The French Bulldog has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Pug is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The French Bulldog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Pug vs French Bulldog vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the Pug, French Bulldog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 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 2-4 puppies 3-5 puppies 3-5 puppies

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