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Shiba Inu vs Miniature Schnauzer vs French Bulldog – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Shiba Inu vs Miniature Schnauzer vs French Bulldog" Compare Shiba Inu and Miniature Schnauzer. Which is better: Shiba Inu or Miniature Schnauzer or French Bulldog?
Name Shiba Inu Miniature Schnauzer French Bulldog
OriginsJapan Germany England France
Group Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank45184
Reviews121
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Other Names Brushwood Dog, Japanese Small-Size Dog, Japanese Shiba Inu, Shiba Ken, Shiba Zwergschnauzer Frenchie, Bouledogue Français
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1992 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1898 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type 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 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 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
Price $800-$1000 $600-$1000 $2000-$4000

General Appearance - Shiba Inu vs Miniature Schnauzer vs French Bulldog

Size Medium Small Small
Weight Male: 18-25 pounds (8-11 kg), Female: 15-20 pounds (6.8-9 kg) Male: 11-18 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 10-15 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) 18-30 pounds (8-14 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 21.5 pounds (9.5 kg), Female: 17.5 pounds (6.8.5 kg) Male: 14.5 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 12.5 pounds (4.5-6.8 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.
Height Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm) Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm) 13–16 inches (33–40 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm) Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm) 14.5 inches (36.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Shiba Inu vs Miniature Schnauzer vs French Bulldog

Coat Dense Wiry Fine Smooth Short Close in texture
Colors Tan Red Cream Sesame Black Salt Pepper Silver Black Brindle Cream Fawn White
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Shiba Inu doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Advanced: The Miniature Schnauzer requires a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The French Bulldog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Shiba Inus shed above average.
Miniature Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
French Bulldogs are low shedders.

Characteristics - Shiba Inu vs Miniature Schnauzer vs French Bulldog

Temperament Alert Confident Fearless Going Charming Faithful Keen Alert Friendly Obedient Fearless Intelligent Spirited Affectionate Alert Bright Keen Patient Playful Athletic Easygoing Lively
Intelligent Rank
Average: Shiba Inu's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Miniature Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Shiba Inus are easy to train.
Miniature Schnauzers are easy to train.
French Bulldogs are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Shiba Inus, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Miniature Schnauzers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
French Bulldogs are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
Shiba Inus have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
French Bulldogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Shiba Inus are highly affectionate dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers 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.
Social Needs
Shiba Inus need for social interaction is average.
Miniature Schnauzers are a social breed.
French Bulldogs need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Shiba Inu rarely barks.
Average: The Miniature Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Low: The French Bulldog barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Shiba Inus are good watchdogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
French Bulldogs are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Shiba Inus are extremely protective guard dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers strongly protect their territory.
French Bulldogs are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Shiba Inu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The French Bulldog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Shiba Inus have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Miniature Schnauzers 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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Shiba Inu is strong enough to escape from home.
Miniature Schnauzers have average wanderlust potential.
French Bulldogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Shiba Inus 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.
Miniature Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
French Bulldogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Shiba Inus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Miniature 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.
French Bulldogs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Shiba Inus adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Miniature Schnauzers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
French Bulldogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Miniature 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.
French Bulldogs 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 - Shiba Inu vs Miniature Schnauzer vs French Bulldog

Stranger Friendly
Shiba Inus are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards strangers.
French Bulldogs are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Shiba Inus are average friendly dogs towards children.
Miniature Schnauzers are kid-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Shiba Inus are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards cats.
French Bulldogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Shiba Inus are average friendly towards other dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards other dogs.
French Bulldogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Shiba Inu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Miniature Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
French Bulldog is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Shiba Inus are commonly okay with elderly people.
Miniature Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.
French Bulldogs are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Shiba Inus usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Miniature Schnauzers are generally with other pets.
French Bulldogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Shiba Inus are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Miniature Schnauzers 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.
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 Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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
Shiba Inu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Miniature Schnauzer breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
French 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.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Shiba Inu vs Miniature Schnauzer vs French Bulldog

Health Issues
The Shiba Inu is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The French Bulldog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Allergies Cancer Chylothorax Epilepsy Glaucoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Spinning Cataracts Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare infection (MAI) Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Allergies Brachycephalic Syndrome Cleft Palate Elongated Soft Palate Hemi-vertebrae Hip Dysplasia Intervertebral Disk Disease Patellar Luxation Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-14 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
Shiba Inus have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Miniature Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
French Bulldogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Shiba Inus have an average exercise need.
Miniature Schnauzers have an average exercise need.
French Bulldogs exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Shiba Inus are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Miniature Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
French Bulldogs 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: 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Shiba Inu can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Miniature Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Shiba Inu has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The French Bulldog has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Shiba Inu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The French Bulldog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Shiba Inu vs Miniature Schnauzer vs French 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 3-6 puppies 3-5 puppies

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