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

"Find similarities and differences between Bichon Frise vs Border Terrier vs Boykin Spaniel" Compare Bichon Frise and Border Terrier. Which is better: Bichon Frise or Border Terrier or Boykin Spaniel?
Name Bichon Frise Border Terrier Boykin Spaniel
OriginsSpain Belgium England Scotland United States
Group Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank469298
Reviews401
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Other Names Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer Boykin, Swamp Poodle, LBD (Little Brown Dog)
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Non-Sporting breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2009 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Large and medium sized Terriers section. Not recognized by FCI.
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 Border Terrier Club Of America, Inc. Club Espanol De Terriers American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Continental Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale National Kennel Club North American Purebred Registry, Inc. United Kennel Club American Canine Association, Inc.
Price $700-$1000 $1200-$1400 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Bichon Frise vs Border Terrier vs Boykin Spaniel

Size Small Small Medium
Weight 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) Males 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg), Female: 11-14 pounds (5-6 kg) 25-40 pounds (11-18 kg)
Avg. Weight 10 pounds (4.5 kg) Males 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg), Female: 12.5 pounds (5.5 kg) 32.5 pounds (14.5 kg)
Height 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) 15-18 inches (38-46 cm)
Avg. Height 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) 16.5 inches (42 cm)

Hair & Care - Bichon Frise vs Border Terrier vs Boykin Spaniel

Coat Curly Rough Feathered
Colors White Apricot Buff Cream Blue Tan Red Grizzle Wheaten Brown
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Border Terrier requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Boykin Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Bichon Frises are low shedders.
Border Terriers shed none to minimal.
Boykin Spaniels shed moderately.

Characteristics - Bichon Frise vs Border Terrier vs Boykin Spaniel

Temperament Affectionate Playful Sensitive Cheerful Gentle Intelligent Affectionate Outright Tempered Intelligent Alert Fearless Obedient Companionable Energetic Intelligent Eager Friendly Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Border Terrier's has great intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
Border Terriers are easy to train.
Boykin Spaniels are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Bichon Frise is a playful breed.
Border Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Boykin Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
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.
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.
Border Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Boykin Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
Border Terriers need for social interaction is average.
Boykin Spaniels need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Border Terrier is a vocal breed.
Average: The Boykin Spaniel barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
Border Terriers are good watchdogs.
Boykin Spaniels are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
Border Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Boykin Spaniels are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Border Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Boykin Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
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.
Boykin Spaniels have a higher than 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 Border Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Boykin Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Bichon Frises don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Border Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Boykin Spaniels have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Border Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Boykin Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
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.
Boykin Spaniels 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 Border Terrier vs Boykin Spaniel

Stranger Friendly
Bichon Frises are very stranger friendly dogs.
Border Terriers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Boykin Spaniels are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs.
Border Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Boykin Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
Border Terriers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Boykin Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs.
Border Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Boykin Spaniels are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Bichon Frise is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Border Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Boykin Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
Border Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Boykin Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Bichon Frises are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Border Terriers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Boykin Spaniels 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
Border Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Boykin Spaniels 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.
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
Border Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Boykin Spaniel 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 Border Terrier vs Boykin Spaniel

Health Issues
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.
The Boykin Spaniel 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 Cryptorchidism Heart Murmurs Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Malocclusions Patellar Luxation Pulmonic Stenosis Seizures Cushing's Syndrome Elbow Dysplasia Heart Disease Heart Problems Hypothyroidism
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-15 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes No
Energy Level
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Border Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Boykin Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Border Terriers have an average exercise need.
Boykin Spaniels need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
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.
Boykin Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 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. 2 to 3 cups of a high-quality dog food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
High: The Border Terrier breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate 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.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Border Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Boykin Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
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.
The Boykin Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Bichon Frise vs Border Terrier vs Boykin Spaniel

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 2-8 puppies 5-7 puppies

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