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Bichon Frise vs Maltipoo vs Yorkshire Terrier – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Bichon Frise vs Maltipoo vs Yorkshire Terrier" Compare Bichon Frise and Maltipoo. Which is better: Bichon Frise or Maltipoo or Yorkshire Terrier?
Name Bichon Frise Maltipoo Yorkshire Terrier
OriginsSpain Belgium Germany France Italy England
Group Companion Dogs Designer Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank465589
Reviews433
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Other Names Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon Maltepoo, Maltapoo, Moodle, Malt-A-Poo, Multapoo, Multipoo, Malte-Poo, Maltapoo, Multapoo, Multi-Poo, Maltese-Poodle, Malt-oodles, MaltiPoodle, mPoo Yorkie
Breed Type Purebred Cross Breed 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 1885 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Toy 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
Continental Kennel Club
American Canine Hybrid Club
Designer Breed Registry
Designer Dogs Kennel Club
National Maltipoo Club
Maltipoo 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
Price $700-$1000 $400-$2000 $600-$1000

General Appearance - Bichon Frise vs Maltipoo vs Yorkshire Terrier

Size Small Small
Medium
Small
Weight 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) 5-20 pounds (2,5-9 kg) 2-3 kg (4-7 pounds)
Avg. Weight 10 pounds (4.5 kg) 12.5 pounds (5,5 kg) 2.5 kg (5.5 pounds)
Height Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) 10-13 inches (25-33 cm) 20-23 cm (8-9 inches)
Avg. Height Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) 11.5 inches (27 cm) 21.5 cm (8.5 inches)

Hair & Care - Bichon Frise vs Maltipoo vs Yorkshire Terrier

Coat Curly Fluffy
Soft
Wavy
Woolly
Fine
Colors White
Apricot
Buff
Cream
Almost all colors
Apricot
Gold
White
Grey
Cream
Black
Gold
Blue
Tan
Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Maltipoo requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Bichon Frises are low shedders.
Maltipoos shed none to minimal.
Yorkshire Terriers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Bichon Frise vs Maltipoo vs Yorkshire Terrier

Temperament Affectionate
Playful
Sensitive
Cheerful
Gentle
Intelligent
Active
Intelligent
Affectionate
Funny
Obedient
Companionable
Alert
Energetic
Intelligent
Playful
Courageous
Independent
Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Maltipoo's has great intelligence.
Smart: Yorkshire Terrier's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
Maltipoos are easy to train.
Yorkshire Terriers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Bichon Frise is a playful breed.
The Maltipoo is a playful breed.
Yorkshire 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.
Yorkshire Terriers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Bichon Frises are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Maltipoos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Yorkshire Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
Maltipoos are a social breed.
Yorkshire Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
High: The Maltipoo is a very vocal breed.
High: The Yorkshire Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
Maltipoos are one of the best watchdogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
Maltipoos are average defenders.
Yorkshire Terriers strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Maltipoo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Yorkshire Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Bichon Frises have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Maltipoos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Yorkshire Terriers have lower 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 Maltipoo is strong enough to escape from home.
Yorkshire Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Bichon Frises don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Maltipoos have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Yorkshire Terriers 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.
Maltipoos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Yorkshire Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Maltipoos adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Yorkshire 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.
Maltipoos 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.
Yorkshire Terriers 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 Maltipoo vs Yorkshire Terrier

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

Health Issues
The Bichon Frise is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Maltipoos tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Yorkshire Terriers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Allergies
Bladder Stones
Hip Dysplasia
Juvenile Cataracts
Patellar Luxation
Vaccination Sensitivity
White Dog Shaker Syndrome
Epilepsy
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Legg-perthes Disease
Collapsed Trachea
Hypoglycemia
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Reverse Sneezing
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-13 years 12-16 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Maltipoos have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Yorkshire Terriers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Maltipoos have an average exercise need.
Yorkshire Terriers exercise need is very minimal.
Sleeping Need
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Maltipoos sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Yorkshire Terriers 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. 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 3/4 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Low to Average.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Maltipoo has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Yorkshire Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Maltipoo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Yorkshire Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Bichon Frise vs Maltipoo vs Yorkshire 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 4-6 puppies 4-6 puppies

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