Pug VS French Bulldog VS Boston Terrier

You've narrowed down your choice to these three breeds, but can't seem to make up your mind? This article will help you make a decision!

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Pugs, bulldogs and terriers are all very interesting breeds and it can be difficult to choose between them.

These three breeds are all brachycephalic breeds, but they are still different in many ways.

So, if you as a future dog owner have narrowed down your choice to these three breeds, read on and see which one is for you.

You’ve decided that you want to get a (new) dog? Before you do that, there are a lot of things to think about – your living situation, lifestyle and what kind of dog breed would fit in. Should your dog be active or more of a couch potato? Should it be able to be home alone or won’t that be necessary? What size do you prefer your dog to be?

These, and many more, are some very different aspects to consider before you get a dog. But if you’ve narrowed down your choice to the following three breeds and can’t seem to make up your mind, read on and discover which of the three will suit you best.

The Pug

Small, cute and sturdy are three adjectives that describe this breed well. The pug was originally bred to be a lap dog, so it comes as no surprise that it loves human companionship and makes a great family dog. In addition, pugs are known for their sense of humor and many are fun performers and clowns that will make the entire family laugh. Let’s get into more detail!

Friendliness And Activity Level

As mentioned, pugs are very friendly and are great around children. They’re also friendly toward other dogs and strangers. This is a very playful breed, but it doesn’t require exhausting workout, such as running.

It’s not only that they don’t require it, they won’t do well with tiring activities because of their breathing problems. As a brachycephalic breed, they have a flat face which can make respiration really difficult at times. This can be a problem with swimming as well. Pugs do require exercise, but appropriate for them.

Adaptability And Health

If you live in an apartment, pugs are a great choice as they are definitely housedogs. But while they adapt to apartment living easily, they hate being left alone, so if you’re gone a lot, you should maybe reconsider getting a pug.

Another important thing to know about pugs is that they’re not the best at tolerating extreme weather, hot or cold. Once again, this has to do with their breathing problems. This is why pugs are great for apartments, but they’re not the best companions for long outdoor activities.

Unfortunately, pugs are prone to many health problems, which is why you have to choose a responsible breeder when you’re getting a pug. The most common health problems pugs deal with are brachycephalic syndrome, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, various allergies and eye problems. Many of these problems are genetic, so make sure the breeder has health clearances for your dog’s parents. That way, you’ll know what you can expect and if it’s something you’re prepared to deal with.

Grooming And Trainability

Pugs shed a lot, but they’re really easy to groom. Another good thing is that they don’t drool a lot either. However, you should be aware that pugs gain weight easily, so you have to limit their food intake.

When it comes to training you pug, it can be difficult in some cases as pugs can be really stubborn and refuse to collaborate. Housebreaking can also be a problem in the beginning, but you just have to be patient and everything will be fine.

To sum it up, a pug is for you who:

  • Live in an apartment.
  • Are not away a lot and want a playful companion.
  • Are not that active, or if you are, don’t have to bring your dog with you.

The French Bulldog

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The next brachycephalic breed we’re taking a closer look at is the French bulldog. It was originally bred in England and was then brought to France where it became famous as a great companion and got its name. That hasn’t changed to this day. However, The French Bulldog is a rather rare breed nowadays, so it’s not the easiest breed to get. Let’s find out more!

Friendliness And Activity Level

Just like the pug, this is a really friendly dog who loves spending time with its family – adults and children. It’s also friendly toward strangers and other dogs.

And just like the pug, it’s a very playful breed, but not one that will do well with exhausting exercise. While “Frenchies” do require regular walks to stay healthy and not become overweight, they are not suitable for running or other tiring activities.

Adaptability And Health

As mentioned, French Bulldogs are housedogs. They shouldn’t be left outside for longer periods of time as they don’t do well in cold or hot weather. While this breed is good for first-time dog owners, it’s not a breed that likes to be left home alone.

When it comes to their health, it’s a bit better than the health problems pugs are dealing with, but it’s still not that great in general. Common health problems are hip dysplasia, brachycephalic syndrome, intervertebral disc disease, von Willebrand’s disease, elongated soft palate etc. Just like with pugs, it’s really important to find a good breeder that will show you health clearances.

Grooming And Trainability

French bulldogs are not heavy shedders, but they’re not light either. You could say that they shed a normal amount and they don’t drool a lot. Similarly to pugs, they are easy to groom and they gain weight easily, so you have to monitor the food intake and take regular walks.

A difference between pugs and French bulldogs is that the latter breed is usually much easier to train and housebreak, even though they also can be stubborn. They also bark and howl more than pugs, but they’re not excessive barkers. While the barking can be annoying at times, it makes them good watchdogs.

The Boston Terrier

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The last brachycephalic breed we’re taking a look at in this article is the Boston Terrier. Even though they were originally bred to be fighting dogs, they’re a very popular companion dog today. Besides being loving and affectionate, this is a very intelligent breed. Scroll down for more info!

Friendliness And Activity Level

This is an extremely friendly dog that loves spending time with its family and children especially. It’s usually even more kid friendly than pugs and French bulldogs. They’re also really dog friendly and you probably won’t have any problems introducing it to strangers.

When it comes to the activity level of Boston terriers, it’s probably the breed with most exercise needs out of the three. It’s really playful, just like the previous two, but it requires more exercise and activities. It’s still not a dog for really tiring activities, but it’s far from a couch potato. You just need to find the suitable activity for it.

Adaptability And Health

The Boston terrier has an overall great adaptability. Just like pugs and french bulldogs, it’s a great dog if you’re living in an apartment. However, this breed tolerates extreme weather a bit better, especially cold weather. It’s also better at staying home alone , even though it doesn’t exactly love it.

The general health of Boston terriers is good, even though they’re also prone to certain medical conditions, just like all dog breeds. This breed is especially prone to the following conditions: hip dysplasia, corneal ulcers, hypothyroidism,von Willebrand’s disease, cataracts, cherry eye, deafness and various allergies. Once again, choose a breeder that can show you clearances and the medical history of both parents.

Grooming And Trainability

Boston terriers are among those dogs that don’t shed a lot and they’re really easy to groom. They don’t drool much either. They’re also quite prone to gain weight, but not as prone as pugs and French bulldogs are.

When it comes to training your Boston terrier, it should be pretty easy as they’re really intelligent in general. However, because of their intelligence, they can be quite stubborn at times and refuse to cooperate. This is why you have to be very persistent and show that you’re in charge.

This breed also tends to bark and howl more than the previous two and it also tends to snort because of its short nose. Finally, its wanderlust is much bigger.

Pug VS French Bulldog VS Boston Terrier

Now, you know every breed a bit better. Let’s compare them and see which one is for you!

Maintenance: All three breeds will be easy to maintain and groom. Whichever breed you choose, you won’t have to spend a lot of time or money on maintenance.

Shedding: Pugs shed the most, while the other two breeds shed minimally. Pugs aren’t heavy shedders as some dogs, for example the German Shepherd, but they do shed a bit more than these two breeds.

Training: Boston terriers are the easiest to train, as they usually obey and listen. This could be a great breed if you’re a first-time dog owner. Pugs and French bulldogs can be quite stubborn when it comes to training, so you will have to arm yourself with patience and perseverance. However, that doesn’t mean that Boston terriers can’t be stubborn – they really can!

Watchdog potential: Boston terriers and pugs are a bit better watchdogs than French bulldogs. Pugs and Boston terriers will bark as an alarm, but it’s not likely that they will defend its owners. Adaptability: Boston terriers and French bulldogs are better at adapting themselves to the environment than the pugs. Even though they also have problems with extreme weather, it’s not as difficult as it is with pugs. Exercise needs: All three breeds need their regular walks in order to prevent weight gain, but they won’t do well in tiring activities, such as running. Among the three, the Boston terrier is probably the one that needs most exercise, but it’s still a breed that doesn’t require too much exercise. However, all are very playful and love to entertain.

For new owners: All of these breeds are great for new owners.

With children: All are great with kids – the Boston terrier and the Pug probably a bit more than the French bulldog.

Finally, watch the helpful video below on things you need to have in mind before getting a dog – no matter the breed!


As you can see, these breeds are quite similar in some aspects. All three of them are great if you live in an apartment, they are not that good when it comes to extreme weather and they don’t require exhaustive work out. They are all great companion dogs that love spending time with their family and they’re usually great with children. However, even though they are so similar in many ways, there are still some slight differences.

For instance, pugs shed a bit more, Boston terriers are usually the easiest breed to train while French bulldogs are among the best companion dogs you can have. There are also the health issues to consider, as every breed is prone to certain diseases, pugs and French bulldogs especially. This is why you have to choose a reputable breeder for these breeds, that will show you medical histories of both parents and clearances.

In the end, you can’t go wrong with whatever breed of these three you choose – as long as you think things through beforehand! Read this article one more time, consider all aspects and do what feels right thing for you!

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