Bulldog vs Boston Terrier

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
8 to 10 years
Size:

Medium

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

The Bulldog is best for homes in temperate-weather locations with a family—kids and other pets included—who will be around a lot to shower them with affection and provide all the care they need.

Bulldog Temperament

Bulldogs (also known as English Bulldogs) can be very humanlike: They have a deep need for love and companionship, they like a good joke and they’re sometimes stubborn when it comes to learning new things. Their affectionate, outgoing personality is what most people love about this breed. Bul...

Bulldogs (also known as English Bulldogs) can be very humanlike: They have a deep need for love and companionship, they like a good joke and they’re sometimes stubborn when it comes to learning new things.

Their affectionate, outgoing personality is what most people love about this breed. Bulldogs bond with almost any kind of person, young or old, boisterous or quiet, and are not known for aggressive behavior. When you take your Bulldog for walks, others can’t help but stop to pet them—and your pup will be happy to oblige, charming everyone from your usually grumpy older neighbor to the toddlers at the playground and everyone in between (postal workers included!). Bulldogs are truly social creatures. But their favorite social interaction of all is curling up next to you on the couch. In fact, you’ll find that snoozing in a comfy spot is their most favorite thing to do.

When they’re not cuddling, Bulldogs will get your attention with their—perhaps unintentional—sense of humor. Some pet parents have experienced the “relocation” of belongings like slippers, books and hats, just to get attention. They will pout and sulk if they feel rebuffed, making some hilarious faces in the process. Once you give them the attention they crave, Bulldogs immediately slip into silliness and roll all over the floor with excitement and paw at you for more. It’s no surprise that Bulldog pet parents say their dogs make them laugh every day.

But Bulldogs can be stubborn, too. They’re not the kind of dog who wants to master every trick in the book just to please their humans. While they’re definitely trainable—if you have high-value treats—your Bulldog probably isn’t going to win any obedience competitions. Forget the fancy tricks like playing dead and spinning on hind legs and stick to simple things like “leave it” and “come.” Bulldogs usually don’t have a problem with returning to you when called because they simply love their humans so much.

Bulldog Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
11 to 13 years
Size:

Small

Maintenance Level:

Medium

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

Boston Terriers are best for families or first-time pet parents, and they thrive when someone's with them most of the time. The Boston Terrier breed is a good match for those who like to be...

Boston Terriers are best for families or first-time pet parents, and they thrive when someone's with them most of the time. The Boston Terrier breed is a good match for those who like to be active (but not overly so), and they do well at dog sports like obedience and agility work. But make sure you include chill time, too; they are happy to hang out with you at the end of the day.

Boston Terrier Temperament

Boston Terriers are like big dogs stuck in a little dog body—full of personality and spunk. They are very connected to their people and wholeheartedly believe that life should be enjoyed (two qualities pet parents love the most). Known for being friendly and happy-go-lucky, they are highly affectionate. But...

Boston Terriers are like big dogs stuck in a little dog body—full of personality and spunk. They are very connected to their people and wholeheartedly believe that life should be enjoyed (two qualities pet parents love the most). Known for being friendly and happy-go-lucky, they are highly affectionate. But be warned—these dogs are meant to be companions, and they take it seriously. They do not like to be left alone!

Their personality is so exuberant that it can be overwhelming for shy or sensitive dogs, so it’s important to socialize your Boston Terrier puppy and teach them how to appropriately greet and play with other dogs. Luckily, they are intelligent and love to learn, so they’re easy to train.

A well-socialized Boston Terrier loves everyone and everything, including other dogs, cats and kids. They are happy to spread the love while still having confidence and a self-assured nature. These characteristics make them such a popular pet that they are in the top 25 of the AKC’s breed popularity list and have been a beloved family dog since the late 1800s.

Boston Terrier Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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