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Poodle vs Shih Tzu vs Pug – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Poodle vs Shih Tzu vs Pug" Compare Poodle and Shih Tzu. Which is better: Poodle or Shih Tzu or Pug?
Name Poodle Shih Tzu Pug
OriginsGermany France China China
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank72031
Reviews730
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Other Names French Poodle, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog Mops, Carlin, Chinese Pug, Dutch Bulldog, Dutch Mastiff, Mini Mastiff
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Non-Sporting & Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Poodle section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Small Molossian type Dogs section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $1000-$1500 $800-$1200 $300-$500

General Appearance - Poodle vs Shih Tzu vs Pug

Size Medium Small Small
Weight Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg) 9–16 pounds (4-7 kg) Male: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg) 9–16 pounds (5.5 kg) Male: 16.5 pounds (7.5 kg), Female: 15.5 pounds (7 kg)
Height 15 inches (38 cm) or more 8-11 inches (20-28 cm) Male: 12-14 inches (30-36 cm), Female: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Avg. Height 15 inches (38 cm) or more 9.5 inches (24 cm) Male: 13 inches (33 cm), Female: 11 inches (27.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Poodle vs Shih Tzu vs Pug

Coat Curly Dense Fine
Colors Apricot Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige Black Brindle Liver Silver Blue Gold Red Black Fawn Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Effortless: The Pug requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Poodles shed none to minimal.
Shih Tzus shed none to minimal.
Pugs shed above average.

Characteristics - Poodle vs Shih Tzu vs Pug

Temperament Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable Active Friendly Happy Lively Playful Courageous Gentle Intelligent Outgoing Affectionate Courageous Intelligent Going Loyal Cheerful Gentle Friendly Playful
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Low: The Shih Tzu if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Poodles are easy to train.
Shih Tzus are quite easy to train.
Pugs aren't famous for their trainability.
Playfulness
The Poodle is a playful breed.
Shih Tzus are not the most playful dog breed.
Pugs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Shih Tzus have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Pugs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shih Tzus are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Pugs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Shih Tzus need a lot of social interaction.
Pugs need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average to high: The Poodle is a vocal breed.
High: The Shih Tzu is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Pug barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Poodles are good watchdogs.
Shih Tzus are average watchdogs.
Pugs are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Poodles strongly protect their territory.
Shih Tzus strongly protect their territory.
Pugs strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Pug has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Poodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shih Tzus have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Pugs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Poodles have average wanderlust potential.
Shih Tzus tend to escape less than other breeds.
Pugs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Shih Tzus have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Pugs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Pugs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shih Tzus adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Pugs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Shih Tzus tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Pugs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Poodle vs Shih Tzu vs Pug

Stranger Friendly
Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are average friendly towards strangers.
Pugs are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Pugs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very cat-friendly dogs.
Pugs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very dog-friendly dogs.
Pugs are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shih Tzu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Pug is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Shih Tzus are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pugs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Shih Tzus are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Pugs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Shih Tzus are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Pugs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Yes
Poodle breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Shih Tzu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Pug breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Poodle vs Shih Tzu vs Pug

Health Issues
The Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Shih Tzu is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Addison's Disease Allergies Bloat Canine Atrial Septal Defect (asd) Cataracts Cushing's Syndrome Ear Infections Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Legg-perthes Disease Neonatal Encephalopathy (news) Optic Nerve Hypoplasia Patellar Luxation Premature Graying Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Runny Eyes Sebaceous Adenitis Von Willebrand's Disease Allergies Bladder Stones Distichiasis Dry Eye Ear Infections Ectopic Cilia Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Renal Dysplasia Keratitis Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Proptosis Retained Baby Teeth Reverse Sneezing Snuffles Umbilical Hernias Allergies Cheyletiella Dermatitis Corneal Ulcers Demodectic Mange Distichiasis Dry Eye Entropion Epilepsy Hemi-vertebrae Hip Dysplasia Legg-perthes Disease Nerve Degeneration Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Proptosis Pug Dog Encephalitis Staphylococcus Infection Vaccination Sensitivity Yeast Infection
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-16 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes No
Energy Level
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Shih Tzus have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Pugs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Shih Tzus exercise need is minimal.
Pugs exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Shih Tzus like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Pugs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
High: The Pug breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Poodle has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of bad smell.
High
The Pug has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shih Tzu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Pug is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Poodle vs Shih Tzu vs Pug

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 2-4 puppies 2-5 puppies 2-4 puppies

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