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Shih Tzu vs American Bulldog vs Bulldog – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name Shih Tzu American Bulldog Bulldog
OriginsChina United States England
Group Companion Dogs Guard Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank202725
Reviews1110
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Other Names Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog AmBulldog, AM Bulldog, American Bulldogge, American Bulldoggee, Old Country Bulldog English Bulldog, British Bulldog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 as a Toy breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. 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 Tibetan breeds section. Not recognized by FCI. 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 Canadian Canine Registry 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 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 $800-$1200 $500-$600 $1200-$2000

General Appearance - Shih Tzu vs American Bulldog vs Bulldog

Size Small Large Medium
Weight 9–16 pounds (4-7 kg) Male: 70-120 pounds (32-54 kg), Female: 60-100 pounds (27-45 kg) Male: 53-55 pounds (24-25 kg), Female: 49-51 pounds (22-23 kg)
Avg. Weight 9–16 pounds (5.5 kg) Male: 95 pounds (43 kg), Female: 80 pounds (36 kg) Male: 54 pounds (24.5 kg), Female: 50 pounds (22.5 kg)
Height 8-11 inches (20-28 cm) Male: 22-28 inches (55-70 cm), Female: 20-26 inches (52-65 cm) 12-16 inches (31-40 cm), There is no prescribed height, but shorter Bulldogs are more prized when being shown
Avg. Height 9.5 inches (24 cm) Male: 25 inches (62.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) 14 inches (35.5 cm), There is no prescribed height, but shorter Bulldogs are more prized when being shown

Hair & Care - Shih Tzu vs American Bulldog vs Bulldog

Coat Dense Fine Fine
Colors Brindle Liver Silver Blue Gold Red Black Fawn Brown White Black Brindle White Fawn Gray Red
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Effortless: The American Bulldog requires minimal grooming.
Average: The Bulldog requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Shih Tzus shed none to minimal.
American Bulldogs shed moderately.
Bulldogs shed moderately.

Characteristics - Shih Tzu vs American Bulldog vs Bulldog

Temperament Active Friendly Happy Lively Playful Courageous Gentle Intelligent Outgoing Affectionate Courageous Gentle Going Alert Energetic Loving Social Aggressive Friendly Social Courageous Loving Sweet
Intelligent Rank
Low: The Shih Tzu if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Average: American Bulldog's has average obedience intelligence.
Low: The Bulldog if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Shih Tzus are quite easy to train.
American Bulldogs are quite easy to train.
Bulldogs aren't famous for their trainability.
Playfulness
Shih Tzus are not the most playful dog breed.
The American Bulldog is a playful breed.
Bulldogs don't really like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Shih Tzus 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
Shih Tzus 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.
Bulldogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Shih Tzus need a lot of social interaction.
American Bulldogs are a social breed.
Bulldogs are a social breed.
Barking
High: The Shih Tzu is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The American Bulldog rarely barks.
Low: The Bulldog barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Shih Tzus are average watchdogs.
American Bulldogs are one of the best watchdogs.
Bulldogs are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Shih Tzus strongly protect their territory.
American Bulldogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Bulldogs are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The American Bulldog has an average chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Bulldog has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Shih Tzus have a higher 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.
Bulldogs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Shih Tzus tend to escape less than other breeds.
American Bulldogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Bulldogs are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Shih Tzus have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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.
Bulldogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Shih Tzus 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.
Bulldogs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Shih Tzus adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
American Bulldogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Bulldogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Shih Tzus 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.
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.
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 - Shih Tzu vs American Bulldog vs Bulldog

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

Health Issues
The Shih Tzu is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
American Bulldogs tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Allergies Bladder Stones Distichiasis Dry Eye Ear Infections Ectopic Cilia Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Renal Dysplasia Keratitis Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Proptosis Retained Baby Teeth Reverse Sneezing Snuffles Umbilical Hernias Allergies Cancer Cherry Eye Ectropion Elbow Dysplasia Entropion Hip Dysplasia Brachycephalic Syndrome Cherry Eye Demodectic Mange Dry Eye Entropion Head Shakes Hip Dysplasia Patellar Luxation Reverse Sneezing
Life Expectancy 10-16 years 10-12 years 8-10 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Shih Tzus have a lower energy level than other dogs.
American Bulldogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Bulldogs have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Shih Tzus exercise need is minimal.
American Bulldogs have an average exercise need.
Bulldogs exercise need is very minimal.
Sleeping Need
Shih Tzus like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
American Bulldogs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Bulldogs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day. 3 to 5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Low to Average.
High: The Bulldog breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Bulldog has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Bulldog has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Shih Tzu 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 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 - Shih Tzu vs American 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 2-5 puppies 7-14 puppies 4-5 puppies

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