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

"Find similarities and differences between Pug vs American Bulldog vs Shichon" Compare Pug and American Bulldog. Which is better: Pug or American Bulldog or Shichon?
Name Pug American Bulldog Shichon
OriginsChina United States United States
Group Companion Dogs Guard Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank31272307
Reviews610
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Other Names Mops, Carlin, Chinese Pug, Dutch Bulldog, Dutch Mastiff, Mini Mastiff AmBulldog, AM Bulldog, American Bulldogge, American Bulldoggee, Old Country Bulldog Zuchon, Teddy Bear
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Cross Breed
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Toy breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Small Molossian type Dogs section. Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI.
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
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Backwoods Bulldog Club
Animal Research Foundation
American Rare Breed Association
American Bulldog Association
National American Bulldog Association
John D Johnson Bulldog Registry
American Bulldog Club Of Canada
All American Bulldog Club
American Canine Hybrid Club
Designer Breed Registry
Designer Dogs Kennel Club
International Designer Canine Registry
Price $300-$500 $500-$600 800-1200

General Appearance - Pug vs American Bulldog vs Shichon

Size Small Large Small
Weight Male: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg) Male: 70-120 pounds (32-54 kg), Female: 60-100 pounds (27-45 kg) 10-15 pounds (5-7 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 16.5 pounds (7.5 kg), Female: 15.5 pounds (7 kg) Male: 95 pounds (43 kg), Female: 80 pounds (36 kg) 12.5 pounds (6 kg)
Height Male: 12-14 inches (30-36 cm), Female: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm) Male: 22-28 inches (55-70 cm), Female: 20-26 inches (52-65 cm) 19-21 inches (49-53 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 13 inches (33 cm), Female: 11 inches (27.5 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) 20 inches (51 cm)

Hair & Care - Pug vs American Bulldog vs Shichon

Coat Fine Fine Fluffy
Dense
Curly
Silky
Colors Fawn
Black
Fawn
Brown
White
Black
Apricot
Cream
Red
White
Black
Gray
Silver
Grooming
Effortless: The Pug requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The American Bulldog requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Shichon requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Pugs shed above average.
American Bulldogs shed moderately.
Shichons shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Pug vs American Bulldog vs Shichon

Temperament Affectionate
Courageous
Intelligent
Going
Loyal
Cheerful
Gentle
Friendly
Playful
Affectionate
Courageous
Gentle
Going
Alert
Energetic
Loving
Social
Affectionate
Gentle
Lively
Playful
Friendly
Intelligent
Loving
Social
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: American Bulldog's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Pugs aren't famous for their trainability.
American Bulldogs are quite easy to train.
Shichons are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Pugs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The American Bulldog is a playful breed.
The Shichon is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Pugs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Pugs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
American Bulldogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shichons are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Pugs need a lot of social interaction.
American Bulldogs are a social breed.
Shichons need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Pug barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The American Bulldog rarely barks.
Average: The Shichon barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Pugs are average watchdogs.
American Bulldogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Shichons are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Pugs strongly protect their territory.
American Bulldogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Shichons are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Pug has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The American Bulldog has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shichon has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Pugs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
American Bulldogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shichons 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.
American Bulldogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Shichons have average wanderlust potential.
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.
American Bulldogs 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.
Shichons 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.
American Bulldogs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Shichons are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Pugs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
American Bulldogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Shichons adapt well to lifestyle changes and different 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.
American 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.
Shichons 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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Pug vs American Bulldog vs Shichon

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

Health Factors - Pug vs American Bulldog vs Shichon

Health Issues
Very healthy dog breed.
American Bulldogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Shichon is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems 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
Allergies
Cancer
Cherry Eye
Ectropion
Elbow Dysplasia
Entropion
Hip Dysplasia
Allergies
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-12 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
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.
American Bulldogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Shichons 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 exercise need is minimal.
American Bulldogs have an average exercise need.
Shichons 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.
American Bulldogs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Shichons 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. 3 to 5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Pug breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Low to Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness High
The Pug has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Bulldog has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Shichon has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Pug is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The American Bulldog drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
The Shichon is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Pug vs American Bulldog vs Shichon

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 2-4 puppies 7-14 puppies 3-6 puppies

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