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Boston Terrier vs French Bulldog vs Pug – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Boston Terrier vs French Bulldog vs Pug" Compare Boston Terrier and French Bulldog. Which is better: Boston Terrier or French Bulldog or Pug?
Name Boston Terrier French Bulldog Pug
OriginsUnited States England France China
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank21431
Reviews116
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Other Names Boston Bull, Boston Bull Terrier, Boxwood, American Gentlemen Frenchie, Bouledogue Français Mops, Carlin, Chinese Pug, Dutch Bulldog, Dutch Mastiff, Mini Mastiff
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1893 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1898 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 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 Small Molossian type Dogs section.
Breed Recognition 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
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 $600-$800 $2000-$4000 $300-$500

General Appearance - Boston Terrier vs French Bulldog vs Pug

Size Small Small Small
Weight 10-25 pounds (6-11kg) 18-30 pounds (8-14 kg) Male: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg)
Avg. Weight 17.5 pounds (8.5 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. Male: 16.5 pounds (7.5 kg), Female: 15.5 pounds (7 kg)
Height 15-17 inches (38-43 cm) 13–16 inches (33–40 cm) Male: 12-14 inches (30-36 cm), Female: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Avg. Height 16 inches (40.5 cm) 14.5 inches (36.5 cm) Male: 13 inches (33 cm), Female: 11 inches (27.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Boston Terrier vs French Bulldog vs Pug

Coat Fine Fine
Smooth
Short
Close in texture
Fine
Colors White
Brindle
Seal
Black
Brindle
Cream
Fawn
White
Fawn
Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Boston Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The French Bulldog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Pug requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Boston Terriers shed moderately.
French Bulldogs are low shedders.
Pugs shed above average.

Characteristics - Boston Terrier vs French Bulldog vs Pug

Temperament Affectionate
Friendly
Intelligent
Playful
Aggressive
Gentle
Lively
Affectionate
Alert
Bright
Keen
Patient
Playful
Athletic
Easygoing
Lively
Affectionate
Courageous
Intelligent
Going
Loyal
Cheerful
Gentle
Friendly
Playful
Intelligent Rank
Average: Boston Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Boston Terriers are quite easy to train.
French Bulldogs are quite easy to train.
Pugs aren't famous for their trainability.
Playfulness
Boston Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
French Bulldogs are not the most playful dog breed.
Pugs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Boston Terriers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
French Bulldogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Pugs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Boston Terriers 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.
Pugs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Boston Terriers are a social breed.
French Bulldogs need a lot of social interaction.
Pugs need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Boston Terrier rarely barks.
Low: The French Bulldog barks none to minimal.
Average: The Pug barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Boston Terriers are average watchdogs.
French Bulldogs are average watchdogs.
Pugs are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Boston Terriers are average defenders.
French Bulldogs are average defenders.
Pugs strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Boston Terrier has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The French Bulldog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Pug has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Boston Terriers 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.
Pugs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Boston Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
French Bulldogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Pugs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Boston Terriers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
French Bulldogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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
Boston Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Pugs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Boston Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
French Bulldogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Pugs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Boston Terriers 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.
French Bulldogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Pugs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately 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 - Boston Terrier vs French Bulldog vs Pug

Stranger Friendly
Boston Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are stranger friendly dogs.
Pugs are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Boston Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Pugs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Boston Terriers are very cat-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Pugs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Boston Terriers are very dog-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Pugs are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Boston Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
French Bulldog is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Pug is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Boston Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
French Bulldogs are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pugs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Boston Terriers are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
French Bulldogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Pugs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Boston Terriers 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
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.
Not really
This breed generally not used 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.
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
Boston Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
French Bulldog breed usually doesn't like 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.
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 - Boston Terrier vs French Bulldog vs Pug

Health Issues
The Boston Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The French Bulldog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Allergies
Brain Tumors
Cataracts
Cherry Eye
Deafness
Heart Murmurs
Megaesophagus
Patellar Luxation
Reverse Sneezing
Allergies
Brachycephalic Syndrome
Cleft Palate
Elongated Soft Palate
Hemi-vertebrae
Hip Dysplasia
Intervertebral Disk Disease
Patellar Luxation
Von Willebrand's Disease
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 12-15 years 10-12 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Boston Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
French Bulldogs 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
Boston Terriers have an average exercise need.
French Bulldogs exercise need is minimal.
Pugs exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Boston Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
French Bulldogs 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 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1 to 1.5 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 average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Boston Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The French Bulldog has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Pug has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Boston Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The French Bulldog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Pug is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Boston Terrier vs French Bulldog 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 3-5 puppies 3-5 puppies 2-4 puppies

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