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

"Find similarities and differences between French Bulldog vs Silky Terrier vs Pug" Compare French Bulldog and Silky Terrier. Which is better: French Bulldog or Silky Terrier or Pug?
Name French Bulldog Silky Terrier Pug
OriginsEngland France Australia China
Group Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank410631
Reviews101
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Other Names Frenchie, Bouledogue Français Sydney Silky, Australian Silky Terrier Mops, Carlin, Chinese Pug, Dutch Bulldog, Dutch Mastiff, Mini Mastiff
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1898 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959 as a Toy 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 Terriers group, in the Toy Terriers 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 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 Club Espanol De Terriers 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 $2000-$4000 $600-$800 $300-$500

General Appearance - French Bulldog vs Silky Terrier vs Pug

Size Small Small Small
Weight 18-30 pounds (8-14 kg) 8-11 pounds (4-5 kg) Male: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg)
Avg. 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. 9.5 pounds (4.5 kg) Male: 16.5 pounds (7.5 kg), Female: 15.5 pounds (7 kg)
Height 13–16 inches (33–40 cm) 9-10 inches (23-25 cm) Male: 12-14 inches (30-36 cm), Female: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Avg. Height 14.5 inches (36.5 cm) 9.5 inches (24 cm) Male: 13 inches (33 cm), Female: 11 inches (27.5 cm)

Hair & Care - French Bulldog vs Silky Terrier vs Pug

Coat Fine Smooth Short Close in texture Silky Straight Glossy Fine
Colors Brindle Cream Fawn White Blue Fawn Platinum Tricolor Tan Cream Gray Silver Black Fawn Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The French Bulldog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Advanced: The Silky Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Pug requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
French Bulldogs are low shedders.
Silky Terriers shed none to minimal.
Pugs shed above average.

Characteristics - French Bulldog vs Silky Terrier vs Pug

Temperament Affectionate Alert Bright Keen Patient Playful Athletic Easygoing Lively Alert Inquisitive Quick Intelligent Friendly Joyful Responsive Affectionate Courageous Intelligent Going Loyal Cheerful Gentle Friendly Playful
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Smart: Silky Terrier's has great intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
French Bulldogs are quite easy to train.
Silky Terriers are easy to train.
Pugs aren't famous for their trainability.
Playfulness
French Bulldogs are not the most playful dog breed.
The Silky Terrier is a playful breed.
Pugs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
French Bulldogs 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
French Bulldogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Silky Terriers 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
French Bulldogs need a lot of social interaction.
Silky Terriers are a social breed.
Pugs need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low: The French Bulldog barks none to minimal.
Average: The Silky Terrier barks occasionally.
Average: The Pug barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
French Bulldogs are average watchdogs.
Silky Terriers are average watchdogs.
Pugs are average watchdogs.
Territorial
French Bulldogs are average defenders.
Silky Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Pugs strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The French Bulldog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Silky Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Pug has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
French Bulldogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Silky Terriers 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
French Bulldogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Silky Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Pugs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
French Bulldogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Silky Terriers 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.
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
French Bulldogs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Silky Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Pugs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
French Bulldogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Silky Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Pugs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
French Bulldogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Silky 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.
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 - French Bulldog vs Silky Terrier vs Pug

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

Health Issues
The French Bulldog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Silky Terrier 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 Brachycephalic Syndrome Cleft Palate Elongated Soft Palate Hemi-vertebrae Hip Dysplasia Intervertebral Disk Disease Patellar Luxation Von Willebrand's Disease Collapsed Trachea Diabetes Epilepsy Legg-perthes 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 10-12 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
French Bulldogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Silky Terriers 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
French Bulldogs exercise need is minimal.
Silky Terriers have an average exercise need.
Pugs exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
French Bulldogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Silky Terriers 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 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. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
High: The Pug breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The French Bulldog has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Silky Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Pug has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The French Bulldog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Silky Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Pug is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - French Bulldog vs Silky Terrier 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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