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Pug vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Standard Schnauzer – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Pug vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Standard Schnauzer" Compare Pug and American Cocker Spaniel. Which is better: Pug or American Cocker Spaniel or Standard Schnauzer?
Name Pug American Cocker Spaniel Standard Schnauzer
OriginsChina United States Germany
Group Companion Dogs Gun Dog Working Dogs
Popularity Rank312990
Reviews601
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Other Names Mops, Carlin, Chinese Pug, Dutch Bulldog, Dutch Mastiff, Mini Mastiff Cocker Spaniel, Cocker, Merry Cocker Mittelschnauzer, Schnauzer, Wirehair Pinscher
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904 as a Working 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 Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type 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
United Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Council
Canadian Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
United Kennel Club
American Canine Association, Inc.
Price $300-$500 $600-$800 $1200-$1500

General Appearance - Pug vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Standard Schnauzer

Size Small Medium Medium
Weight Male: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg) 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg) Male: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg), Female: 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 16.5 pounds (7.5 kg), Female: 15.5 pounds (7 kg) 22.5 pounds (10.5 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Female: 35 pounds (16 kg)
Height Male: 12-14 inches (30-36 cm), Female: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm) 15-16.5 inches (38-41 cm) Male: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm), Female: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 13 inches (33 cm), Female: 11 inches (27.5 cm) 15-16.5 inches (39.5 cm) Male: 19 inches (48.5 cm), Female: 18 inches (45.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Pug vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Standard Schnauzer

Coat Fine Feathered Wiry
Colors Fawn
Black
Brown
Red
Tan
Buff
Silver
Black
Pepper
Salt
Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Pug requires minimal grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Pugs shed above average.
American Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.
Standard Schnauzers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Pug vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Standard Schnauzer

Temperament Affectionate
Courageous
Intelligent
Going
Loyal
Cheerful
Gentle
Friendly
Playful
Outright
Tempered
Merry
Intelligent
Trusting
Joyful
Outgoing
Sociable
Devoted
Intelligent
Playful
Good-natured
Lively
Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Very smart: American Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Very smart: Standard Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Pugs aren't famous for their trainability.
American Cocker Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Standard Schnauzers are easy to train.
Playfulness
Pugs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The American Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
The Standard Schnauzer is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Pugs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
American Cocker Spaniels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
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 Cocker Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Standard Schnauzers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Pugs need a lot of social interaction.
American Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
Standard Schnauzers are a social breed.
Barking
Average: The Pug barks occasionally.
Average to high: The American Cocker Spaniel is a vocal breed.
Average: The Standard Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Pugs are average watchdogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are average watchdogs.
Standard Schnauzers are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Pugs strongly protect their territory.
American Cocker Spaniels are average defenders.
Standard Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Pug has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The American Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Standard Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Pugs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
American Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Standard Schnauzers 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.
Wanderlust potential of the American Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Standard Schnauzers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
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 Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Standard Schnauzers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Pugs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Standard Schnauzers 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 Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Standard Schnauzers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
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 Cocker Spaniels 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.
Standard Schnauzers 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.
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 - Pug vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Standard Schnauzer

Stranger Friendly
Pugs are very stranger friendly dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Standard Schnauzers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Pugs are kid-friendly dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Standard Schnauzers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Pugs are very cat-friendly dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Standard Schnauzers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Pugs are very dog-friendly dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are dog-friendly dogs.
Standard Schnauzers are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Pug is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
American Cocker Spaniel is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Standard Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pugs are usually recommended for elderly people.
American Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Standard Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Pugs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
American Cocker Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Standard Schnauzers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Pugs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
American Cocker Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Standard Schnauzers 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.
Yes
American Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Standard Schnauzer 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 - Pug vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Standard Schnauzer

Health Issues
Very healthy dog breed.
American Cocker Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
Standard Schnauzers tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
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
Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
Cataracts
Glaucoma
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Idiopathic Epilepsy
Patellar Luxation
Primary Seborrhea
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Follicular Dermatitis
Hip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-15 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 Cocker Spaniels have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Standard Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Pugs exercise need is minimal.
American Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
Standard Schnauzers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Pugs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
American Cocker Spaniels are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Standard Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Pug breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Low.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Standard Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness High
The Pug has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Cocker Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Standard Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Pug is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The American Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Standard Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Pug vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Standard Schnauzer

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 4-7 puppies 4-8 puppies

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