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Bichon Frise vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Beagle – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Bichon Frise vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Beagle" Compare Bichon Frise and American Cocker Spaniel. Which is better: Bichon Frise or American Cocker Spaniel or Beagle?
Name Bichon Frise American Cocker Spaniel Beagle
OriginsSpain Belgium United States England
Group Companion Dogs Gun Dog Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank46296
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Other Names Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon Cocker Spaniel, Cocker, Merry Cocker English Beagle
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 in 1878 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds 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 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 $700-$1000 $600-$800 $500-$800

General Appearance - Bichon Frise vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Beagle

Size Small Medium Small
Weight 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg) Male: 22-25 pounds (10-11 kg), Female: 20-23 pounds (9-10 kg)
Avg. Weight 10 pounds (4.5 kg) 22.5 pounds (10.5 kg) Male: 23.5 pounds (10.5 kg), Female: 21.5 pounds (9.5 kg)
Height Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) 15-16.5 inches (38-41 cm) Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) 15-16.5 inches (39.5 cm) Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Bichon Frise vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Beagle

Coat Curly Feathered Dense
Colors White Apricot Buff Cream Brown Red Tan Buff Silver Black Tan Red Tricolor White 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 Beagle requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Bichon Frises are low shedders.
American Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.
Beagles shed moderately.

Characteristics - Bichon Frise vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Beagle

Temperament Affectionate Playful Sensitive Cheerful Gentle Intelligent Outright Tempered Merry Intelligent Trusting Joyful Outgoing Sociable Friendly Independent Lively Sweet Gentle Intelligent Loving
Intelligent Rank
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: American Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
American Cocker Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Beagles are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Bichon Frise is a playful breed.
The American Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
The Beagle is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
American Cocker Spaniels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Bichon Frises are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
American Cocker Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Beagles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
American Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
Beagles need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
Average to high: The American Cocker Spaniel is a vocal breed.
High: The Beagle is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are average watchdogs.
Beagles are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
Territorial
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
American Cocker Spaniels are average defenders.
Beagles can't provide protection for their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The American Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Beagle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Bichon Frises have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
American Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Beagles have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the American Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Beagles have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Bichon Frises don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
American Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Beagles have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Beagles are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
American Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Beagles 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.
American Cocker Spaniels do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Beagles 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 - Bichon Frise vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Beagle

Stranger Friendly
Bichon Frises are very stranger friendly dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Beagles are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Beagles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Beagles are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are dog-friendly dogs.
Beagles are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Bichon Frise is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
American Cocker Spaniel is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Beagle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
American Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Beagles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Bichon Frises are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
American Cocker Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Beagles are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Bichon Frises are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
American Cocker Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Beagles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn 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.
Yes
This breed makes good 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.
Yes
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.
Yes
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.
Yes
American Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Beagle breed usually likes 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 American Cocker Spaniel vs Beagle

Health Issues
The Bichon Frise is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
American Cocker Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
The Beagle 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 Allergies Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia Cataracts Glaucoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Idiopathic Epilepsy Patellar Luxation Primary Seborrhea Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Beagle Dwarfism Cherry Eye Chinese Beagle Syndrome Distichiasis Epilepsy Glaucoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Intervertebral Disk Disease Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No No
Energy Level
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Beagles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
American Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
Beagles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
American Cocker Spaniels are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Beagles 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. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day. 0.5 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 Beagle breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Cocker Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Beagle has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The American Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Beagle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Bichon Frise vs American Cocker Spaniel vs Beagle

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 4-7 puppies 2-14 puppies, average 7

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