French Bulldog Vs American Bulldog Appearance:
Starting with the French Bulldog, or the Frenchie. These little dogs were bred to be companion animals. They are striking in appearance, and their big "batty" ears really make them stand out from the crowd. They had compact, yet muscular little bodies. With a sunken muzzle that makes their faces almost seem a little smooshed. Frenchies can grow up to 13 inches tall and weigh up to 28 pounds. They have short coats and can come in a slew of colors such as solids, piebalds, brindles, and even tan points.
On the other hand, the American Bulldog more closely resembles the brawler we would imagine when we think of the bullbaiting rings of old England. This a sturdy breed covered in thick muscle. Their muzzles are short but don't push into their faces like the Frenchie. The American Bulldog can get up to 25 inches tall and weigh up to 100 pounds. Like the Frenchie, they also have a short coat and can come in fawn, solid, piebald, and brindle variations.
French Bulldog Vs American Bulldog Exercise Requirements And Grooming Requirements:
When it comes to exercise requirements, the American Bulldog is going to require more of a commitment. While the Frenchie went off to be developed as the perfect little companion dog, the American Bulldog was charged with guarding farms, livestock, families, and later on, was used for hunting boars in the Southern United States. Meaning these are closer to their working roots, and they will have more energy that needs to be drained. The Frenchie can be happy with a walk or playing in the backyard.
If you want to spend less time brushing your dog, either of these breeds could be perfect. They both only need to be brushed on occasion. However, the Frenchie sheds more, and The American Bulldog is a seasonal shedder.
French Bulldog Vs American Bulldog Life Expectancy And Health:
For comparing life expectancy, these two breeds are tied at 10-12 years.
For health issues… Bear with us as there are a lot of things to consider for both breeds. The Frenchie is almost guaranteed to have some breathing difficulties. This is common with flat-faced dogs, and their owners will need to take extra care when it is hot or humid outside, as this can quickly cause the poor Frenchie to really have some difficulty. There are also genetic issues to be aware of with these little guys like hip or elbow dysplasia, heart issues, knee problems, eye, and skin issues are common, and some skin-related autoimmune diseases. The American Bulldog isn't much better off, unfortunately. The most common hereditary problems in this breed are ip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia. Deafness, Ichthyosis which is a rare skin condition that prevents the outer layer of skin from developing properly, Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis 10 -a genetic nervous system disorder, Hyperuricosuria which is a disorder which can cause frequent kidney and bladder stones, Degenerative Myelopathy which is a spinal issue which can compromise movement, and Canine Multifocal Retinopathy 1 and can cause rental detachment.
French Bulldog Vs American Bulldog Temperament and Social Needs:
As we go forward with the rest of the video, it will be with the assumption that the dog has been given proper socialization and training from a young age. It will also be assumed that the dog is of correct temperament and disposition for its breed.
Now, onto temperament and the social needs for these two breeds. Both have a very high demand for social interaction with their humans, and both fancy themselves cuddlers and lapdogs. They like to be close. Very close. Neither of these breeds would be happy to live outside or being left alone for extended periods.
The Frenchie and American Bulldog are big lovers. But, that warrior of old is still very much alive in these two breeds. The Frenchie tends to be calm, dependable, and adaptable. But there is a stubborn streak in there, and when threatened, they seem to forget their size. While they are friendly, they may need a warming up period with people they don't know, but after the initial introduction is over, they are happy to make friends. The American Bulldog, on the other hand, isn't as far removed from what it used to be, and they are still a popular guardian breed in the States to this day. They are also friendly, fun-loving, people-oriented dogs. But, they can and will address a threat. These breeds share that they have loads and loads of personality, which is pretty standard with most bulldogs.
French Bulldog Vs American Bulldog Intelligence And Trainability:
These breeds are intelligent. However, they can be stubborn. Some owners even claim their dogs have selective deafness. If a bulldog doesn't see a reason to do something, you will have a hard time convincing them. This can make the training process something of a challenge. It is vital that routines are established early on and that they are always dealt with consistently.
French Bulldog Vs American Bulldog Child, Small Animal, and Other Dog Friendliness:
When it comes to kids, both of these Bulldogs are patient, reliable, and caring. They tend to love the younger members of the household. Though, a word of caution with the American Bulldog as they are protective. They must get good socialization from a young age with other children to know the difference between play and a problem. Or you might have a dog that tries to run to the rescue when there is no need to.
In regards to small animals, the Frenchie is going to have more of an edge. They tend to be friendly and get along with everyone, especially if they are raised with them. Also, a cat or another small animal might not find them as threatening because of their size and not feeling the need to flee and therefore open up the possibility of being chased. The American Bulldog can be okay with small animals if they are raised with them. But, they do have a very distinctive prey-drive, and they are a bit more prone to letting it get the better of them.
With other dogs, bulldogs can always be hit or miss, and the French and American Bulldog aren't an exception, especially when it comes to dogs of the same sex. Though, the Frenchie can succeed if they have good socialization in place. Not to say the American Bulldog can't do well if they are given the right tools early on. They can do great with other dogs they live with. But, they might take issue with strange dogs they don't know.