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Frenchie vs. Yoda

3 pictures overlapping diagonally side by side. One of a Mexican Hairless dog outdoors, One of a Chinese Crested on a pink background, and one of a French Bulldog on tan wood floors

Frenchie or French bulldog is a well-known breed. AKC places this breed in 2nd position in terms of characteristics and fame. On the other hand, Yoda is not a breed that AKC recognizes. Chinese Crested and Mexican Hairless are usually referred to as Yoda because they resemble a fictional character from Star Wars having this name. Keep reading to get a detailed comparison between Frenchie and Yoda to know more about these breeds.

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A French Bulldog standing on a concrete wall next to a body of water

French Bulldog is a small domestic dog breed that originated in France. They have developed into one of the most popular breeds on the planet and make for a fun, friendly, and devoted companion. French Bulldogs have large, upright ears, a broad head, and a muscular frame.

This breed is known for being alert and sociable, and it enjoys being in the spotlight. Hence, these intelligent dogs respond strongly to praise. They are also extremely energetic and require frequent exercise, but in colder climates, they prefer to stay indoors. While French Bulldogs are generally healthy, they can develop respiratory problems, hip and elbow dysplasia, and other conditions.


A portrait of Yoda, the character from Star Wars.

Yoda is a fictional character and does not have any specific dog breed characteristics. However, due to their resemblance to the character, some people refer to certain dog breeds as “Yoda dogs,”. The breeds that are most closely associated with Yoda are Chinese Crested and Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless).

There are three types of Chinese Crested dogs, hairless, powderpuff, and hairy hairless. The Powderpuff has a long, soft double coat and the Hairless has soft skin, tufts of hair on its paws and tail, and long hair on its head. Both require grooming, and the Hairless must be kept safe from sunburn and dryness. Chinese Crested Dogs have sensitive feet and require consistency in training. They are a clean, non-shedding breed with a lifespan of 12-13 years and make excellent companions.

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Differences Between a Frenchie and a Yoda

French Bulldog sitting on a tan couch

The following table shows marked differences between the two breeds.

CharacteristicsYodaFrench Bulldog
Lifespan12-13 years8-14 years
Height13–16 inches11-14 inches
Weight7-9 pounds16-18 pounds
ColorsBlack, Blue, Chocolate, Palomino, Apricot, Slate   Cream, White, Fawn, Brindle
TemperamentPlayful, Alert, and LivelyLoving, Patient, and Calm
Health ProblemsEpilepsy, Deafness, Dental IssuesHip Dysplasia, Skin Allergies, Brachycephalic Syndrome

Similarities Between a Frenchie and a Yoda

Chinese Crested dog standing outside in grass and wild flowers

Both these dogs have many similarities and the most important ones are mentioned below.

Affectionate – Both French Bulldogs and “Yoda dogs” are known for being affectionate with their owners.

Small Size – Both breeds are small in size, making them suitable for apartment living or for people who prefer smaller dogs.

Ease of Training – Both breeds are sharp and keen. They are quick in learning and executing commands. Teaching them is not only easy but, it has great fun.

Adaptable – Both breeds are adaptable and can adjust to different living situations and lifestyles.

What is Better about a Frenchie?

French Bulldog running down a beach

French Bulldogs are a well-known breed with a stable temperament, making them an excellent choice for families with children or first-time dog owners. They are also known for their adaptability to various living situations and for their friendly, affectionate nature. Furthermore, French Bulldogs are a healthy breed with an average lifespan of 11-14 years.

What is Better about a Yoda?

Up close portrait of a Mexican Hairless dog

The non-shedding coats of “Yoda dogs” over French Bulldogs can be an advantage for people with allergies or who prefer low-maintenance grooming. Furthermore, certain “Yoda dog” breeds, such as the Chinese Crested, are generally healthier and live longer than French Bulldogs.

However, keep in mind that each dog is an individual, and their specific characteristics will vary depending on their breed and personality. It is critical to conduct research and select a breed that fits your lifestyle and preferences.

Who Should Get a Frenchie?

4 black and white French Bulldog puppies sitting side by side on a grey background.

French Bulldogs are suitable for families, couples, singles, and small households. They are sociable, devoted, and loving friends who enjoy socializing. Although they require little care in terms of food and grooming, they do require regular exercise.

French Bulldogs thrive in a calm environment with an owner who can provide them with the love and care they require. They are not suitable for households with young children because they are easily agitated. Frenchies do well in milder environments because they are prone to breathing problems.

Who Should Get a Yoda?

5 Chinese Crested puppies varying in color, sitting side by side against a white background.

Whether dog owners select Chinese Crested or Mexican Hairless as their Yoda dog, they should consider their lifestyle, living situation, and preferences. This is because many “Yoda dogs” have non-shedding coats, they may be a good fit for people who prefer low-maintenance grooming or have allergies.

Furthermore, “Yoda dogs” may be a good choice for people looking for a unique-looking dog or who prefer hairless breeds. However, keep in mind that each dog is an individual, and their temperament and health requirements will vary depending on their breed and personality. To find a dog that is a good fit for them, prospective owners should do their research and consult with a reputable breeder or rescue organization.

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