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

"Find similarities and differences between Pug vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer" Compare Pug and English Cocker Spaniel. Which is better: Pug or English Cocker Spaniel or Giant Schnauzer?
Name Pug English Cocker Spaniel Giant Schnauzer
OriginsChina England Germany
Group Companion Dogs Gun Dog Working Dogs
Popularity Rank315280
Reviews653
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Other Names Mops, Carlin, Chinese Pug, Dutch Bulldog, Dutch Mastiff, Mini Mastiff Cocker, Merry Cocker Woker Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer
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 1946 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 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
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 $300-$500 $900-$1200 $1000-$1500

General Appearance - Pug vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer

Size Small Medium Giant
Weight Male: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg) Male: 28-34 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 26-32 pounds (12-15 kg) Males 60-105 pounds (27-48 kg), Female: 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 16.5 pounds (7.5 kg), Female: 15.5 pounds (7 kg) Male: 31 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 29 pounds (13.5 kg) Males 82.5 pounds (37.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg)
Height Male: 12-14 inches (30-36 cm), Female: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm) Male: 15-17 inches (38-43 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 13 inches (33 cm), Female: 11 inches (27.5 cm) Male: 16 inches (40.5 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm)

Hair & Care - Pug vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer

Coat Fine Feathered Wiry
Colors Fawn
Black
Blue
Roan
Liver
Tan
Golden
Black
Pepper
Salt
Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Pug requires minimal grooming.
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Pugs shed above average.
English Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.
Giant Schnauzers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Pug vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer

Temperament Affectionate
Courageous
Intelligent
Going
Loyal
Cheerful
Gentle
Friendly
Playful
Affectionate
Friendly
Playful
Trainable
Faithful
Intelligent
Quiet
Dominant
Kind
Powerful
Intelligent
Loyal
Strong
Willed
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Very smart: English Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Smart: Giant Schnauzer's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Pugs aren't famous for their trainability.
English Cocker Spaniels are easy to train.
Giant Schnauzers are easy to train.
Playfulness
Pugs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
The Giant Schnauzer is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Pugs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
English Cocker Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
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.
English Cocker Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Giant Schnauzers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
Pugs need a lot of social interaction.
English Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
Giant Schnauzers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Pug barks occasionally.
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel barks occasionally.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Pugs are average watchdogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Giant Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Pugs strongly protect their territory.
English Cocker Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Giant Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Pug has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The English Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Pugs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
English Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Giant 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 English Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Giant Schnauzer is strong enough to escape from home.
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.
English Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Giant Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Pugs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Pugs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
English Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Giant 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.
English 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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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 English Cocker Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer

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

Health Issues
Very healthy dog breed.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Giant Schnauzers are commonly healthy dogs.
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
Cataracts
Ear Infections
Elbow Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia
Renal Failure
Bloat
Cancer
Cataracts
Elbow Dysplasia
Glaucoma
Heart Problems
Hip Dysplasia
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-14 years 10-12 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.
English Cocker Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Pugs exercise need is minimal.
English Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
Giant Schnauzers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Pugs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
English Cocker Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Giant Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Pug breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
High: The English Cocker Spaniel breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The English Cocker Spaniel can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Giant 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.
High
The English Cocker Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Pug is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Giant Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Pug vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Giant 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 6-8 puppies 5-8 puppies

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