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

"Find similarities and differences between American Eskimo Dog vs Bichon Frise vs Border Terrier" Compare American Eskimo Dog and Bichon Frise. Which is better: American Eskimo Dog or Bichon Frise or Border Terrier?
Name American Eskimo Dog Bichon Frise Border Terrier
OriginsUnited States Germany Spain Belgium England Scotland
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank1184692
Reviews240
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Other Names Eskimo Spitz, American Spitz, German Spitz, Eskie Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1994 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Non-Sporting 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 Continental Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. National Kennel Club North American Purebred Registry, Inc. 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 The Bichon Frise Club Of America 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 $600-$800 $700-$1000 $1200-$1400

General Appearance - American Eskimo Dog vs Bichon Frise vs Border Terrier

Size Medium Small Small
Weight Toy: 6-10 pounds (3-5 kg)Standard: 18-35 pounds (8-16 kg), Miniature: 10-17 pounds (5-8 kg) 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) Males 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg), Female: 11-14 pounds (5-6 kg)
Avg. Weight Toy: 8 pounds (4 kg)Standard: 26.5 pounds (12 kg), Miniature: 13.5 pounds (6.5 kg) 10 pounds (4.5 kg) Males 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg), Female: 12.5 pounds (5.5 kg)
Height Toy: 9-12 inches (22-30 cm)Standard: 15-20 inches (49-50 cm), Miniature: 12-15 inches (30-40 cm) Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) Male: 13-16 inches (33-41 cm), Female: 11-14 inches (28-36 cm)
Avg. Height Toy: 10.5 inches (26 cm)Standard: 17.5 inches (49.5 cm), Miniature: 13.5 inches (35 cm) Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) Male: 14.5 inches (37 cm), Female: 12.5 inches (32 cm)

Hair & Care - American Eskimo Dog vs Bichon Frise vs Border Terrier

Coat Fluffy Curly Rough
Colors White Biscuit White Apricot Buff Cream Blue Tan Red Grizzle Wheaten
Grooming
Average: The American Eskimo Dog requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Border Terrier requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
American Eskimo Dogs are heavy shedders.
Bichon Frises are low shedders.
Border Terriers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - American Eskimo Dog vs Bichon Frise vs Border Terrier

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

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

Health Issues
The American Eskimo Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Bichon Frise is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Border Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cataracts Diabetes Hip Dysplasia Legg-perthes Disease Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Allergies Bladder Stones Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Cataracts Patellar Luxation Vaccination Sensitivity Cryptorchidism Heart Murmurs Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Malocclusions Patellar Luxation Pulmonic Stenosis Seizures
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes Yes
Energy Level
American Eskimo Dogs are high energy dogs.
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Border Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
American Eskimo Dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Border Terriers have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
American Eskimo Dogs don't need too much sleep.
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
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. 1/2 to 1.5 cups 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 to High.
High: The Border Terrier breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
The American Eskimo Dog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions 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 Medium
The American Eskimo Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The American Eskimo Dog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Border Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - American Eskimo Dog vs Bichon Frise 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 4-6 puppies 2-5 puppies 2-8 puppies

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