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Pugs and Frenchies are very popular breeds that make the perfect family pet as well as a companion dog for older owners. Both breeds are suitable for first-time owners and are relatively low-maintenance dogs.
|Height||10-13 inches||11-14 inches|
|Weight||14-18 pounds||20-28 pounds|
|Temperament||Playful and Fun||Adaptable and Loyal|
|Energy Levels||Low to Medium||Low to Medium|
|Lifespan||12-15 years||10-14 years|
|Coat||Double coated; short, smooth in a range of colors including fawn and black, apricot, gray, and combinations.||A short fine coat that is smooth that varies in color including white, fawn, apricot, gray, brindle, and combinations.|
|Ear Shape||Floppy velvety ears that are folded with the front edge touching the head called ‘button’ ears or smaller ears called ‘rose’ ears.||Known as ‘bat ears’, they are wider at the bottom than the top. The ears stand upright and look super cute.|
|Colors||Black, fawn, white, brindle, and combinations.||White, fawn, black, apricot, brindle, and combinations.|
|General Appearance||Short muzzle with deep wrinkles on a round face and a tail that curves upwards. Famous for their big dark eyes and their short plump body.||Barrel-shaped body with a square, short-muzzle face, bat-like ears, and a stubby tail. A Muscular build with short, stocky legs.|
Frenchie vs. Pug – Lifespan
Pugs and Frenchies have fairly long life spans that can easily exceed 12 to 14 years!
This might come as a surprise because of their breathing issues however larger dogs generally have shorter lifespans as a general rule.
Frenchie vs. Pug – History
History of Frenchies
Despite their name, Frenchies are originally from England and were bred to be a small, toy-sized version of the standard Bulldog.
They were first bred in the 1800s in Nottingham and were a popular pet among the lace workers of the city.
However, towards the end of the 19th Century, the breed moved to France where they quickly became a favorite with society’s elite.
History of Pugs
Pugs are an extremely old breed of dog; in fact, they are one of the oldest breeds on earth!
Pugs are thought to have originated in China around 400 BC.
They were most likely bred as a lapdog for wealthy members of ancient Chinese society and have remained popular in both Asia as well as the Western world.
Frenchie vs. Pug – Personality Traits
Pugs and Frenchies were bred to be loyal, loving and playful lap dogs.
They are not jealous and are friendly towards other people and dogs that they come into contact with.
Frenchie Personality Traits
- Smart & adaptable
- Playful and mischievous
- Easy to train— but known for being super stubborn
- Love to be the center of attention
- Cuddly & affectionate
Pug Personality Traits
- Fun & laid-back
- Love to make their owners happy
- Playful (can be a bit mischievous)
- Stubborn at times
- Loyal & loving
- Great family pets (good with children and other pets)
Frenchie vs. Pug – Appearance
I doubt a day goes by where a Frenchie isn’t mistaken for a Pug (or vice-versa)…
Both Pugs and Frenchies are small dogs with sturdy bodies and a low center of gravity.
Did I mention that they’re both the cutest dogs?
Frenchies have a characteristic barrel-shaped body with a thick neck and a square, short-snouted face.
They have distinctive ‘bat ears’ that stick up in the air, a stubby tail, and sweet loving eyes.
Pugs are slightly smaller than Frenchies and have deep wrinkles on their faces and bodies.
They have huge dark eyes and floppy ears with the front edge closest to the head.
Pugs have small, plump bodies with a curly tail and short squat legs.
Frenchie vs. Pug – Colors
Both Frenchies and Pugs come in a variety of colors— but only some are recognized by the AKC.
Frenchie AKC Colors
There are 8 French Bulldog colors officially recognized by the AKC. Any other colors would be disqualified from AKC registration.
- Fawn & White
- White & Brindle
- Fawn Brindle
- Fawn Brindle & White
Pug AKC Colors
Surprisingly, there are only two official AKC Pug colors: fawn and black
Frenchie vs. Pug – Health Problems
French Bulldog Health Problems
Pug Health Problems
- Eye problems: Eye ulcers & infections
- Breathing issues: Similar to Frenchies
- Joint issues: hip dysplasia, spinal issues, neck issues
- Allergies: can cause skin issues
Trying to decide between a French Bulldog and Pug?
As two of the world’s most popular breeds, Frenchies and Pugs are cute and loveable bundles of playful fun.
They both make wonderful family pets and are low-maintenance dogs that are keen to please their owners.
So if you’re thinking about bringing a new dog into your life then you certainly couldn’t go wrong with either breed!