French Bulldog vs Shih Tzu

Compare the French Bulldog to the Shih Tzu. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between French Bulldogs and Shih Tzus.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the French Bulldog and Shih Tzu are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the French Bulldog and Shih Tzu are great with children.
  • Grooming - The French Bulldog is very easy to groom. The Shih Tzu has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - The French Bulldog has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Shih Tzu is an average barker.
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French Bulldog vs Shih Tzu
French Bulldog Dog Breed
Silver & White Shih Tzu
Breed NameFrench BulldogShih Tzu
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan8-14 yrs.10-15 yrs.
Height11-14 in.9-10 in.
Weight16-28 lb9-16 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryUnited KingdomChina
Origin Year1950 AD618 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹60°F to 75°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelLowMedium
Exercise RequiredLowLow
Top Running Speed15 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingMediumNone
DanderMediumNone
Drool AmountMediumNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameFrench BulldogShih Tzu
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsVery LowBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingVery LowBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminAverageBelow Average
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchAverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameFrench BulldogShih Tzu
Lifespan
Lifespan8-14 yrs.10-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesYes
Bladder StonesNoYes
Brachycephalic SyndromeYesNo
Cleft PalateYesNo
DistichiasisNoYes
Dry EyeNoYes
Ear InfectionsNoYes
Ectopic CiliaNoYes
Elongated Soft PalateYesNo
Hemi-vertebraeYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
Intervertebral Disk DiseaseYesNo
Juvenile Renal DysplasiaNoYes
KeratitisNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Portosystemic Liver ShuntNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
ProptosisNoYes
Retained Baby TeethNoYes
Reverse SneezingNoYes
SnufflesNoYes
Umbilical HerniasNoYes
Von Willebrand's DiseaseYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameFrench BulldogShih Tzu
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
BrindleYesYes
Brindle & WhiteYesYes
CreamYesNo
Cream & WhiteYesNo
FawnYesNo
Fawn & WhiteYesNo
Fawn BrindleYesNo
Fawn Brindle & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesYes
White & BlackYesNo
White & BrindleYesNo
White & FawnYesNo
Black & WhiteNoYes
Black, Gold, & SilverNoYes
Black, Gold, & WhiteNoYes
Black, White, & SilverNoYes
BlueNoYes
Blue & WhiteNoYes
GoldNoYes
Gold & WhiteNoYes
LiverNoYes
Liver & WhiteNoYes
RedNoYes
Red & WhiteNoYes
SilverNoYes
Silver & WhiteNoYes
Silver, Gold, & WhiteNoYes
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