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French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd Comparison - Dog breed selector: Bouledogue Français or Carlin or Alsatian wolf dog? Find the right dog for you

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Name French Bulldog Pug German Shepherd
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Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Pastoral / Herding Dogs
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Bouledogue Français
Frenchie
Carlin
Chinese Pug
Dutch Bulldog
Dutch Mastiff
Mini Mastiff
Mops
Alsatian wolf dog
Berger Allemand
Deutscher Schäferhund
Schäferhund
Alsatian
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd? Which is more expensive?
$2000-$4000 $300-$500 $800-$2000
Availability
Which is easier to get, French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd?
Very frequent: The French Bulldog is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Pug is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The German Shepherd is quite easy to get.

French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd? Which is the smallest dog, French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd?
Small Small Large
Weight
Which is heavier, French Bulldog or Pug or Pug? French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd weight comparison:
18-30 pounds (8-14 kg) Male: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg) Male: 66-88 pounds (30-40 kg), Female: 49-71 pounds (22-32 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
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) Male: 77 pounds (35 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg)
Height
Which is taller, French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd? French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd height comparison:
13–16 inches (33–40 cm) Male: 12-14 inches (30-36 cm), Female: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm) Male: 24-26 inches (60-65 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (55-60 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
14.5 inches (36.5 cm) Male: 13 inches (33 cm), Female: 11 inches (27.5 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (57.5 cm)

French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd coat comparison:
Fine
Smooth
Short
Close in texture
Fine Fuzzy
Colors
What are the original French Bulldog, Pug and German Shepherd color?
Cream
White
Fawn
Brindle
Black
Fawn
Black
Tan
Red
Silver
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd? French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd grooming comparison:
Easy to groom: The French Bulldog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
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Effortless: The Pug requires minimal grooming.
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Average: The German Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd? French Bulldog or Pug or {name3 shedding:
French Bulldog dogs are low shedders.
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Pug dogs shed above average.
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German Shepherd dogs are heavy shedders.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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8-12 weeks
Very rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd? French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd behavior/temperament comparison:
Playful
Alert
Affectionate
Patient
Lively
Keen
Easygoing
Athletic
Bright
Playful
Courageous
Intelligent
Friendly
Affectionate
Loyal
Gentle
Going
Cheerful
Curious
Alert
Courageous
Intelligent
Confident
Obedient
Loyal
Watchful
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd intelligence:
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
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Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
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Outstanding: German Shepherd is one of the brightest dog breeds.
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Trainability
French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd trainability comparison.
French Bulldog dogs are quite easy to train.
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A slightly harder to train than average.
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German Shepherd dogs are easy to train.
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Playfulness
French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd playfulness comparison:
French Bulldogs are not the most playful dog breed.
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Average: Pugs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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Average: German Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
French Bulldog dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
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Pug dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
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Sensitive: German Shepherd dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd?
High: French Bulldog dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Pug dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: German Shepherd dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd social needs comparison:
French Bulldog dogs need a lot of social interaction.
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Pug dogs need a lot of social interaction.
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German Shepherd dogs need for social interaction is average.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd?
Low: The French Bulldog barks none to minimal.
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Average: The Pug barks occasionally.
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Low to Average: The German Shepherd rarely barks.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd?
French Bulldog dogs are average watchdogs.
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Pug dogs are average watchdogs.
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German Shepherd dogs are one of the best watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
French Bulldog dogs are average defenders.
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Pug dogs strongly protect their territory.
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German Shepherd dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The French Bulldog has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Pug has a low chance of biting somebody.

High 🔼

The German Shepherd has a high chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

French Bulldog bite force: Weak.

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Pug bite force: Weak.

Between 200 and 400 PSI

German Shepherd bite force: Ordinary.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd mouthiness comparison:
French Bulldog dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Pug dogs have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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German Shepherd dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
French Bulldog dogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
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Pug dogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
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German Shepherd dogs are not the biggest explorers.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
French Bulldog dogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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Pug dogs 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.
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German Shepherd dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd?
Very house-friendly dog the French Bulldog breed.
Very house-friendly dog the Pug breed.
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep German Shepherd indoors.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
French Bulldog dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Pug dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
German Shepherd dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd?
French Bulldog dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Pug dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.

French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd? Which dog is more friendly?
French Bulldog dogs are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pug dogs are very stranger-friendly dogs.
German Shepherd dogs are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
French Bulldog dogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Pug dogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
German Shepherd dogs are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd?
French Bulldog dogs are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Pug dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
German Shepherd dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd?
French Bulldog dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Pug dogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
German Shepherd dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd?
French Bulldog dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Pug dogs are very dog-friendly dogs.
German Shepherd dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd?
Yes
French Bulldog dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Pug dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
German Shepherd dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
Yes
French Bulldog is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Pug is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
French Bulldogs are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pugs are usually recommended for elderly people.
German Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd Health Comparison

Health Issues
French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd health comparison. Which is the healthier: French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd?
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.
German Shepherds are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd health problems comparison:
Hip Dysplasia
Patellar Luxation
Allergies
Von Willebrand's Disease
Intervertebral Disk Disease
Cleft Palate
Brachycephalic Syndrome
Elongated Soft Palate
Hemi-vertebrae
Hip Dysplasia
Legg-perthes Disease
Patellar Luxation
Allergies
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Epilepsy
Entropion
Vaccination Sensitivity
Demodectic Mange
Distichiasis
Corneal Ulcers
Dry Eye
Hemi-vertebrae
Cheyletiella Dermatitis
Nerve Degeneration
Proptosis
Pug Dog Encephalitis
Staphylococcus Infection
Yeast Infection
Cataracts
Hip Dysplasia
Allergies
Cancer
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Von Willebrand's Disease
Bloat
Epilepsy
Blindness
Cherry Eye
Elbow Dysplasia
Diabetes
Heart Disease
Retinal Dysplasia
Demodectic Mange
Degenerative Myelopathy
Wobbler's Syndrome
Panosteitis
Hemophilia B
Megaesophagus
Cushing's Syndrome
Lens Luxation
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Chronic Diarrhea
Cruciate Ligament Rupture
Digestive Problems
Hemophilia A
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Lupus
Myasthenia Gravis
Nail Bed Disease
Osteochondrosis
Pannus
Paralysis
Perianal Fistula
Seborrhea
Vitiligo
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Average
The French Bulldog should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Rare
The Pug should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Rare
The German Shepherd should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year).
Life Expectancy
French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd lifespan comparison. How long do French Bulldog, Pug and German Shepherd breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
10-12 years
The average lifespan of French Bulldog: 11 years
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Pug: 13 years
9-13 years
The average lifespan of German Shepherd: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd? French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd energy level comparison:
French Bulldog dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Pug dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
German Shepherd dogs are high-energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
French Bulldog dogs exercise need is minimal.
Pug dogs exercise need is minimal.
German Shepherd dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd?
French Bulldog dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Pug dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
German Shepherd dogs don't need too much sleep.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd?
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. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd weight gain potential comparison:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the French Bulldog's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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High: The Pug breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
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Low to Average: The German Shepherd has a low to the average risk for obesity.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions.
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Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions.
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Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd?

Medium

The French Bulldog has an average chance of bad smell.

High 🔼

The Pug has a high chance of bad smell.

Medium

The German Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The French Bulldog is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Pug is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The German Shepherd is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Yes

This breed makes good as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: French Bulldog or Pug or German Shepherd? Which is better for autism?

Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd?

Not really

French Bulldog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Pug breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

German Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Which one could be a cart pulling or drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Fighting Dog / Military 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.

Yes

In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs.

French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Litter Size
How many puppies can French Bulldog and Pug and German Shepherd have?
3-5 puppies 2-4 puppies 6-10 puppies

French Bulldog vs Pug vs German Shepherd Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
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. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
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 Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
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
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
German Shepherd Dog Club Of America

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