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French Bulldog vs. English Bulldog: What are the Differences?

A Frenchie and an English Bulldog are both great choices for loving and companionable pets. Being brachycephalic, they have characteristic flat faces and short snouts, bearing a striking resemblance. They even possess similarities in color, with fawn, brindle, and white being some of the standard colors shared by both breeds.

French Bulldog
English Bulldog
Point of DifferencesFrench BulldogEnglish Bulldog
SizeHeight: 11-13 inches
Weight: Less than 28 pounds
Height: 14-15 inches
Weight: 40-50 pounds
Ear ShapeLarge bat ears; broad near the base with a rounded top.Folded and rose-shaped.
WrinklesNot as wrinkled as an English Bulldog.Heavy wrinkles around the head and face.
Coat TypeShort and smooth with soft, loose skin.Short, and smooth with soft, loose skin, particularly on its head, shoulders, and neck.
TemperamentMischievous and playful.A little more laid-back than the Frenchie.
With KidsExcellent
Rating: 5/5
Rating: 5/5
Dog-friendlyFriendly and cooperative with other dogs.
Rating: 4.5/5
Friendly, but could form tiffs with other dogs, not just outside, but within the family because of their protectiveness toward food.
Rating: 4/5
Cat-friendlyGood with cats when introduced gradually.
Rating: 4.5/5
Can be good with cats, but they don’t like to share their space too much.
Rating: 3.5/5
Barking TendencySame as most regular dogs.
Rating: 2/5
Same as most regular dogs.
Rating: 2/5
As Watchdogs and Guard dogsProtective, territorial, and alert, they make a good watchdog but not a guard dog.
Rating: 2/5
Their big size, immense strength, and courage make them good guard dogs.
Rating: 4/5
Grooming NeedsMinimal  Minimal
Intelligence LevelRanks in the 5th tier for functional intelligence as per Stanley Coren’s The Intelligence of Dogs (58th out of 79 places).
Rating: 3.5/5
One of the least intelligent breeds based on the same ranking system (77th out of 79).
Rating: 3/5
HealthSusceptible mainly to respiratory problems (common to brachycephalic breeds) and eye ailments.
Rating: 3/5
Generally healthy; may suffer from hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia.
Rating: 4/5
Popularity2nd position holder in the 2021 rankings of AKCs Most Popular Dogs.
Rating: 5/5
Slightly less popular, ranking 6th in the same list.
Rating: 4.5/5
Rating: 4.5/5
Rating: 4/5

With a Frenchie at home, you have a mischievous, playful, curious, and alert dog to keep you company. On the other hand, an English Bulldog, or simply Bulldog, is friendly yet courageous, despite being a little laid-back at home. The two breeds might also get along well with each other when introduced properly, though the degree of friendship depends on the temperament of individual dogs.

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