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

"Find similarities and differences between Bulldog vs French Bulldog vs Pug" Compare Bulldog and French Bulldog. Which is better: Bulldog or French Bulldog or Pug?
Name Bulldog French Bulldog Pug
OriginsEngland England France China
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank5431
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Other Names English Bulldog, British Bulldog 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 1886 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 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. 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 $1200-$2000 $2000-$4000 $300-$500

General Appearance - Bulldog vs French Bulldog vs Pug

Size Medium Small Small
Weight Male: 53-55 pounds (24-25 kg), Female: 49-51 pounds (22-23 kg) 18-30 pounds (8-14 kg) Male: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 54 pounds (24.5 kg), Female: 50 pounds (22.5 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 12-16 inches (31-40 cm), There is no prescribed height, but shorter Bulldogs are more prized when being shown 13–16 inches (33–40 cm) Male: 12-14 inches (30-36 cm), Female: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Avg. Height 14 inches (35.5 cm), There is no prescribed height, but shorter Bulldogs are more prized when being shown 14.5 inches (36.5 cm) Male: 13 inches (33 cm), Female: 11 inches (27.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Bulldog vs French Bulldog vs Pug

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

Characteristics - Bulldog vs French Bulldog vs Pug

Temperament Aggressive Friendly Social Courageous Loving Sweet Affectionate Alert Bright Keen Patient Playful Athletic Easygoing Lively Affectionate Courageous Intelligent Going Loyal Cheerful Gentle Friendly Playful
Intelligent Rank
Low: The Bulldog if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of 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
Bulldogs aren't famous for their trainability.
French Bulldogs are quite easy to train.
Pugs aren't famous for their trainability.
Playfulness
Bulldogs don't really like playing.
French Bulldogs are not the most playful dog breed.
Pugs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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
Bulldogs 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
Bulldogs are a social breed.
French Bulldogs need a lot of social interaction.
Pugs need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low: The Bulldog barks none to minimal.
Low: The French Bulldog barks none to minimal.
Average: The Pug barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Bulldogs are average watchdogs.
French Bulldogs are average watchdogs.
Pugs are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Bulldogs are not the best to protect their territory.
French Bulldogs are average defenders.
Pugs strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Bulldog 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
Bulldogs 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
Bulldogs are not the biggest explorers.
French Bulldogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Pugs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Bulldogs 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
Bulldogs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Pugs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Bulldogs 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
Bulldogs 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 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 - Bulldog vs French Bulldog vs Pug

Stranger Friendly
Bulldogs are very stranger friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are stranger friendly dogs.
Pugs are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Bulldogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Pugs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Bulldogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Pugs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Bulldogs are very dog-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Pugs are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Bulldog 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
Bulldogs 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
Bulldogs 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
Bulldogs 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
Bulldog 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 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.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Bulldog vs French Bulldog vs Pug

Health Issues
Very healthy dog breed.
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 Brachycephalic Syndrome Cherry Eye Demodectic Mange Dry Eye Entropion Head Shakes Hip Dysplasia 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 8-10 years 10-12 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Bulldogs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
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
Bulldogs exercise need is very minimal.
French Bulldogs exercise need is minimal.
Pugs exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Bulldogs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
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 1/2 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
High: The Bulldog breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
High: The Pug breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness High
The Bulldog has a high 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 Bulldog is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
The French Bulldog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Pug is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Bulldog 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 4-5 puppies 3-5 puppies 2-4 puppies

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