French Bulldog vs Bulldog

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
10 to 12 years
Size:

Small

Maintenance Level:

Low

Shed Level:

Low

Best For

French Bulldogs are best for a capable pet parent with some pup training and socialization know-how. High-energy people need not apply.

French Bulldog Temperament

They don’t call ’em “Bulldogs” for nothing! French Bulldogs may look cute, and they may be totally loyal to their squad, but beneath those endearing exteriors are dogs who think they’re pretty tough stuff. They have a headstrong temperament—some people might even say they’re stubborn. (But...

They don’t call ’em “Bulldogs” for nothing! French Bulldogs may look cute, and they may be totally loyal to their squad, but beneath those endearing exteriors are dogs who think they’re pretty tough stuff. They have a headstrong temperament—some people might even say they’re stubborn. (But you didn’t hear that from us!) While they’re not known for biting, a French Bulldog puppy needs training and socialization early on to help them welcome any visitors (human or animal) to the home.

But make no mistake—French Bulldogs are totally friendly dogs who bond deeply with their people and love to have a good time! If you know what it’s like to miss someone even before they’ve left, then you understand how Frenchies feel. They can easily become so attached to their families that they become anxious when people are out of the house for too long.

The French Bulldog breed is good with kids and babies as long as they’re supervised. They can be fine with other dogs and cats, too, as long as proper introductions have been made. French Bulldogs aren’t much for barking but can be decent watchdogs since they’re so devoted to their family. For the same reason, they can be standoffish with strangers, although early socialization can help them be OK with new people.

How about jobs? The French Bulldog was intended to be (and continues to be) primarily a companion dog. You may not see them helping first responders or performing therapy work, but French Bulldogs bring smiles and laughter to people worldwide. And that’s a pretty wonderful thing to do with your life.

French 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:
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
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