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

"Find similarities and differences between Pug vs French Bulldog vs Bulldog" Compare Pug and French Bulldog. Which is better: Pug or French Bulldog or Bulldog?
Name Pug French Bulldog Bulldog
OriginsChina England France England
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank3145
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Other Names Mops, Carlin, Chinese Pug, Dutch Bulldog, Dutch Mastiff, Mini Mastiff Frenchie, Bouledogue Français English Bulldog, British Bulldog
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 1898 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886 as a Non-Sporting 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 Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Small Molossian type Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian 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 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 $2000-$4000 $1200-$2000

General Appearance - Pug vs French Bulldog vs Bulldog

Size Small Small Medium
Weight Male: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg) 18-30 pounds (8-14 kg) Male: 53-55 pounds (24-25 kg), Female: 49-51 pounds (22-23 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 16.5 pounds (7.5 kg), Female: 15.5 pounds (7 kg) 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: 54 pounds (24.5 kg), Female: 50 pounds (22.5 kg)
Height Male: 12-14 inches (30-36 cm), Female: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm) 13–16 inches (33–40 cm) 12-16 inches (31-40 cm), There is no prescribed height, but shorter Bulldogs are more prized when being shown
Avg. Height Male: 13 inches (33 cm), Female: 11 inches (27.5 cm) 14.5 inches (36.5 cm) 14 inches (35.5 cm), There is no prescribed height, but shorter Bulldogs are more prized when being shown

Hair & Care - Pug vs French Bulldog vs Bulldog

Coat Fine Fine Smooth Short Close in texture Fine
Colors Fawn Black Brindle Cream Fawn White Brindle White Fawn Gray Red
Grooming
Effortless: The Pug requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The French Bulldog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Bulldog requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Pugs shed above average.
French Bulldogs are low shedders.
Bulldogs shed moderately.

Characteristics - Pug vs French Bulldog vs Bulldog

Temperament Affectionate Courageous Intelligent Going Loyal Cheerful Gentle Friendly Playful Affectionate Alert Bright Keen Patient Playful Athletic Easygoing Lively Aggressive Friendly Social Courageous Loving Sweet
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Low: The Bulldog if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Pugs aren't famous for their trainability.
French Bulldogs are quite easy to train.
Bulldogs aren't famous for their trainability.
Playfulness
Pugs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
French Bulldogs are not the most playful dog breed.
Bulldogs don't really like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Pugs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
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.
Affection Level
Pugs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
French Bulldogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Bulldogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Pugs need a lot of social interaction.
French Bulldogs need a lot of social interaction.
Bulldogs are a social breed.
Barking
Average: The Pug barks occasionally.
Low: The French Bulldog barks none to minimal.
Low: The Bulldog barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Pugs are average watchdogs.
French Bulldogs are average watchdogs.
Bulldogs are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Pugs strongly protect their territory.
French Bulldogs are average defenders.
Bulldogs are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Pug has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The French Bulldog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Bulldog has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Pugs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
French Bulldogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Bulldogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Pugs tend to escape less than other breeds.
French Bulldogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Bulldogs are not the biggest explorers.
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.
French Bulldogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Bulldogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Pugs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Bulldogs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Pugs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
French Bulldogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Bulldogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all 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.
French Bulldogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.
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 French Bulldog vs Bulldog

Stranger Friendly
Pugs are very stranger friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are stranger friendly dogs.
Bulldogs are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Pugs are kid-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Bulldogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Pugs are very cat-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Bulldogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Pugs are very dog-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Bulldogs are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Pug is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
French Bulldog is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Bulldog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pugs are usually recommended for elderly people.
French Bulldogs are not the best breed for elderly people.
Bulldogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Pugs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
French Bulldogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Bulldogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Pugs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
French Bulldogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Bulldogs 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.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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
French Bulldog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Bulldog 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.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Pug vs French Bulldog vs Bulldog

Health Issues
Very healthy dog breed.
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.
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 Brachycephalic Syndrome Cleft Palate Elongated Soft Palate Hemi-vertebrae Hip Dysplasia Intervertebral Disk Disease Patellar Luxation Von Willebrand's Disease Brachycephalic Syndrome Cherry Eye Demodectic Mange Dry Eye Entropion Head Shakes Hip Dysplasia Patellar Luxation Reverse Sneezing
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-12 years 8-10 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
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.
French Bulldogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Bulldogs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Pugs exercise need is minimal.
French Bulldogs exercise need is minimal.
Bulldogs exercise need is very minimal.
Sleeping Need
Pugs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
French Bulldogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Bulldogs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. Recommended daily amount: 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/2 to 1.5 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.
Average to High.
High: The Bulldog breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness High
The Pug has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The French Bulldog has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Bulldog has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Pug is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The French Bulldog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Bulldog is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

Reproducibility - Pug vs French Bulldog vs Bulldog

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 3-5 puppies 4-5 puppies

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