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Pug vs. French Bulldog: What’s the Difference

The Pug and French bulldogs are just two sides of the coin…plenty of similarities, mainly because of their flat face and wrinkled appearance. Yet, both are unique in their way, from the physical and temperamental aspects, setting these breeds apart.

French Bulldog
Points of DifferencesFrench BulldogPug
SizeStockier and heavier; weighing 20-30 poundsLess stocky and heavy than the Frenchie with a weight of 14-18 pounds 
ColorWhole lot of shades including brindle, cream, fawn, white, etc.               Limited to two standard shades – fawn and the less common black, though rare and exotic coloration like apricot and silver also exist  
Ear ShapeTypical bat ears, erect, and high set, broad at its base, and rounded towards the top Floppy ears that are small, soft, thin, and velvety
TailShort straight or screwed hung low, thick at the root ending in a fine tipCurled up to the hip, with a double curled tail idealizing a true pug
CoatShort, smooth, and fineShort and smooth, but with a thick glossy texture
Activity levels Laid-back
Rating: 2.5/5
Can’t be regarded as an overactive breed bubbling with energy, yet a lot livelier and more energetic than the Frenchies
Rating: 3.5/5
Friendliness towards peopleFriendly, easy-going eager to please with a clownish disposition
Rating: 5/5
Temperamentally the same as the Frenchies though they are a level higher than the latter in clownish antics and mischief, no wonder nicknamed “clowns of the canine world”
Rating: 5/5+
Rating: 5/5
Rating: 5/5
Rating: 5/5
Rating: 5/5
Watching and Guarding skillsProtective, territorial and alert, making for good watchdogs, not guard dogs though
Rating: 2/5
Ditto as the Frenchie but are a degree more alert than the Frenchie, making for a better watchdog, perhaps
Rating: 2.5/5
Barking TendencyLow; since they are mostly quiet and bark when the need arises
Rating: 2/5
Low than most loud breeds; but a little higher than the Frenchie
Rating: 2.5/5
With KidsFriendly and loving
Rating:  5/5
Same as the Frenchie
Rating:  5/5
Grooming needs Relatively low since they are seasonal shedders
Rating:  4/5
High since they shed throughout the year, but the most in spring and autumn
Rating:  3/5
IntelligenceBelow average, as per Stanley Coren’s ratings, ranked 109 of the 138 breeds qualifying for the evaluationAt par with the Frenchie, standing at 108 of the 138 breeds
TrainabilityModerate (since they can act stubborn at times)
Rating: 4/5  
Moderate (they too have their streaks of stubbornness but aren’t aggressive)
Rating:  4/5
PopularityMore, 2nd as per the 2021 rankings of AKCs Most Popular Dogs
Rating: 5/5
33rd as per the similar rankings as mention for the Frenchie
Rating: 4/5
Health problemsHigh, mainly respiratory disorders and ailments of the back and eyesHigher, besides the breathing problems common in both the brachycephalic breeds pugs also suffer from a whole lot of other conditions like pug dog encephalitis, epilepsy, luxating patella, and hip dysplasia

Whether you own the Frenchie or the Pug, one thing is guaranteed that you have an extremely loveable breed at hand, entertaining you to the fullest. Yes, the only setback is that you need to care for them a lot, keeping in mind the intense amount of health problems both suffer because of their flat face.

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