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Bichon Frise vs Biewer Terrier vs Border Terrier – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Bichon Frise vs Biewer Terrier vs Border Terrier" Compare Bichon Frise and Biewer Terrier. Which is better: Bichon Frise or Biewer Terrier or Border Terrier?
Name Bichon Frise Biewer Terrier Border Terrier
OriginsSpain Belgium Germany England Scotland
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank4658892
Reviews400
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Other Names Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon Biewer à la Pom Pon Biewer Yorkie Biewer Yorkshire German Yorkshire Terrier Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Miscellaneous breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Large and medium sized Terriers 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 The Bichon Frise Club Of America United Kennel Club 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 Border Terrier Club Of America, Inc. Club Espanol De Terriers
Price $700-$1000 1500-1800 $1200-$1400

General Appearance - Bichon Frise vs Biewer Terrier vs Border Terrier

Size Small Small Small
Weight 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) 4.5-9 pounds (2.5-4 kg) Males 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg), Female: 11-14 pounds (5-6 kg)
Avg. Weight 10 pounds (4.5 kg) 6.75 pounds (3.25 kg) Males 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg), Female: 12.5 pounds (5.5 kg)
Height Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) 7-11 inches (18-28 cm) Male: 13-16 inches (33-41 cm), Female: 11-14 inches (28-36 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) 9 inches (23 cm) Male: 14.5 inches (37 cm), Female: 12.5 inches (32 cm)

Hair & Care - Bichon Frise vs Biewer Terrier vs Border Terrier

Coat Curly Long Soft Silky Rough
Colors White Apricot Buff Cream Piebald Black & White & Tan Chocolate Tan & White Blue Tan & White Blue Tan Red Grizzle Wheaten
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Easy to groom: The Biewer Terrier doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Border Terrier requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Bichon Frises are low shedders.
Biewer Terriers shed none to minimal.
Border Terriers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Bichon Frise vs Biewer Terrier vs Border Terrier

Temperament Affectionate Playful Sensitive Cheerful Gentle Intelligent Friendly Playful Energetic Intelligent Stubborn Affectionate Outright Tempered Intelligent Alert Fearless Obedient
Intelligent Rank
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Biewer Terrier's has great intelligence.
Smart: Border Terrier's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
Biewer Terriers are quite easy to train.
Border Terriers are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Bichon Frise is a playful breed.
The Biewer Terrier is a playful breed.
Border Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Biewer Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Border Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Bichon Frises are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Biewer Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Border Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
Biewer Terriers need for social interaction is average.
Border Terriers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
Average: The Biewer Terrier barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Border Terrier is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
Biewer Terriers are good watchdogs.
Border Terriers are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
Biewer Terriers are average defenders.
Border Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Biewer Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Bichon Frises have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Biewer Terriers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Border Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential.
Biewer Terriers are not the biggest explorers.
Wanderlust potential of the Border Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Bichon Frises don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Biewer Terriers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Border Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Biewer Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Border Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Biewer Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Border Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Bichon Frises tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
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 - Bichon Frise vs Biewer Terrier vs Border Terrier

Stranger Friendly
Bichon Frises are very stranger friendly dogs.
Biewer Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Border Terriers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs.
Biewer Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Border Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
Biewer Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Border Terriers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs.
Biewer Terriers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Border Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Bichon Frise is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
Biewer Terrier is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Border Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
Biewer Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Border Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Bichon Frises are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Biewer Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Border Terriers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Bichon Frises are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Biewer Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Border Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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 Not really
Bichon Frise breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Biewer Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Border Terrier 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 - Bichon Frise vs Biewer Terrier vs Border Terrier

Health Issues
The Bichon Frise is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Biewer Terriers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Border Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Allergies Bladder Stones Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Cataracts Patellar Luxation Vaccination Sensitivity GI tract sensitivity Bouts of diarrhea Frequent discolored or soft stool Dental Problems Cryptorchidism Heart Murmurs Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Malocclusions Patellar Luxation Pulmonic Stenosis Seizures
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes No Yes
Energy Level
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Biewer Terriers are high energy dogs.
Border Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Biewer Terriers have an average exercise need.
Border Terriers have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Biewer Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Border Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
High: The Border Terrier breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Border Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Biewer Terrier has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Biewer Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Border Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Bichon Frise vs Biewer Terrier vs Border Terrier

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 2-5 puppies 2-4 puppies 2-8 puppies

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