How are French Bulldogs Different From Pugs?

How are French Bulldogs Different From Pugs?

Owning a dog is a big decision because you are bringing home not just a pet but an addition to your family.  Dogs generally are quite different than one another based on their breed, background and the unique details of their general build up.

The most famous lap dog breeds are the French bulldog and pugs. Although they look a lot similar there are quite a lot of dissimilarities between them. We shall be stating the differences between a French Bulldog and a Pug:

  1.       History

Every animal has a background story of its roots and these two species are not left out.

-          French Bulldogs

Frenchies are cross-breeds between English bulldogs and French ratters. They have been in existence since 1800 as attack dogs before they were banned. Its roots can be traced to the Greek tribes.

-          Pugs

Unlike French bulldogs, Pugs originated from the Chinese kingdom and were used as gifts to royalties since they are lap dogs.


  1.   Features

Although they are brachycephalic breeds, they both possess distinct dissimilarity.

-          French Bulldogs

Frenchies are heavier with a more muscular body, a short snout, minimal tail which is either straight or screwed and sits low on the rectum, bug eyes, distinctive “bat” ears and short nose with broader nostrils. They come in different colours such as brindle, cream, fawn and white.

-          Pugs

Pugs have a rounder body, flat round heads with round bulgy eyes and deep wrinkles, a short snout, weigh less with a small, tightly curled tail. Unlike Frenchies, pugs have floppy ears that are less pronounced with a velvet kind of touch. Pugs have small, tightly curled tails. They come in two colours: black or fawn.


  1.   Coat

They both have fine, shiny coat with a bit of distinct feature:

-          French Bulldogs

Frenchies have short coats with chances of less odour and they shed minimally.

-           Pugs

They are double coated and they shed a lot most especially during summer. They can overheat in warm periods as a result of their short muzzle.


  1. Adaptability and Training

Both dogs can adapt to any environment very easily and are willing to obey your instructions during training. The common difference between them are:

-          French bulldogs

Frenchies are more receptive when it comes to meeting new people in an environment. They can adapt easily. When it comes to training, Frenchies can be quite bullish and stubborn but if trained properly they can grow to become very protective of their owners and children as well.

-          Pugs

Pugs are fun loving and easy going, little wonder they got the name “comedians of the dog world” because they please their owners with constant entertainment and cuddle. They are highly receptive when it comes to playing with little children. They can be stubborn and difficult to train, so it is best to train them during their initial months as a pup.


  1.   Life Span

Unfortunately, they cannot live forever.

-          French Bulldog

The average lifespan of a Frenchie is 10 years.

-          Pugs

The lifespan of a Pug is between 12-15 years.


Essentially, Pugs and Frenchies are cool breeds that give you that companionship you have always wanted. They are low maintenance dogs and because of their friendly nature, it is highly recommended that you bring them home as an addition to the family and not a mere dog. They also share a lot of similarities, which is why a lot of people mistake a French Bulldog for a Pug or a Pug for a French Bulldog.

Are there more points of differences between a French Bulldog and a Pug you think we missed in this article? Feel free to comment below.


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