French Bulldog vs German Shepherd

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:
12 to 14 years
Size:

Large

Maintenance Level:

High

Shed Level:

Very High

Best For

German Shepherds are best for active households and experienced pet parents who are ready to train this highly-active pup.

German Shepherd Temperament

Born guardians, the German Shepherd’s best trait is their intense, unwavering loyalty to their families. (There’s a reason they make some of the best police dogs.) The fearless breed has also been known to put themselves in harm’s way before they let a family member get hur...

Born guardians, the German Shepherd’s best trait is their intense, unwavering loyalty to their families. (There’s a reason they make some of the best police dogs.) The fearless breed has also been known to put themselves in harm’s way before they let a family member get hurt.

Not surprisingly, friendliness is not the German Shepherd dog breed’s strong suit. They can be aloof, and you definitely have to earn their trust. Naturally wary of strangers, a German Shepherd will default to “guard dog mode” if they believe their family is in danger.

Early social interactions with kids, babies and other animals is also important if you want your German Shepherd to be well-behaved around guests. With the proper education, this easy-to-train pup can be a great family dog.

German Shepherds are born talkers. They will bark when they’re bored, and they’ll bark to alert you if something isn’t quite right. But training and exercise can help curb a lippy pup and keep their barking to when you need it the most.

These dogs are incredibly smart, and they are at their best when they have a job to do, whether working as a police or military dog, doing tracking or search and rescue, serving as a guide dog or at home practicing scent work or solving puzzles for a treat. And when they’re with their family, German Shepherds will let their silly side show as they flip their toys in the air and roll around on their backs.

German Shepherd 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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