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Bichon Frise vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Scottish Terrier – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Bichon Frise vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Scottish Terrier" Compare Bichon Frise and Miniature Schnauzer. Which is better: Bichon Frise or Miniature Schnauzer or Scottish Terrier?
Name Bichon Frise Miniature Schnauzer Scottish Terrier
OriginsSpain Belgium Germany Scotland
Group Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank461858
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Other Names Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon Zwergschnauzer Scottie, Aberdeenie
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 1926 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small 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 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 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 Club Espanol De Terriers
Price $700-$1000 $600-$1000 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Bichon Frise vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Scottish Terrier

Size Small Small Small
Weight 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) Male: 11-18 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 10-15 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) 19-23 pounds (8.5-10.5 kg)
Avg. Weight 10 pounds (4.5 kg) Male: 14.5 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 12.5 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) 21 pounds (8.5-10.5 kg)
Height Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm) 10-11 inches (25-28 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm) 10.5 inches (26.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Bichon Frise vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Scottish Terrier

Coat Curly Wiry Wiry
Colors White Apricot Buff Cream Salt Pepper Silver Black Brindle Silver Red Wheaten Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Advanced: The Miniature Schnauzer requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The Scottish Terrier requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Bichon Frises are low shedders.
Miniature Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
Scottish Terriers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Bichon Frise vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Scottish Terrier

Temperament Affectionate Playful Sensitive Cheerful Gentle Intelligent Alert Friendly Obedient Fearless Intelligent Spirited Independent Alert Quick Playful Selfish
Intelligent Rank
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Miniature Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
Miniature Schnauzers are easy to train.
Scottish Terriers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Bichon Frise is a playful breed.
Miniature Schnauzers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Scottish 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.
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.
Miniature Schnauzers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Scottish Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
Miniature Schnauzers are a social breed.
Scottish Terriers are a social breed.
Barking
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
Average: The Miniature Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Low: The Scottish Terrier barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Scottish Terriers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
Miniature Schnauzers strongly protect their territory.
Scottish Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Scottish Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Bichon Frises have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Miniature Schnauzers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Scottish Terriers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential.
Miniature Schnauzers have average wanderlust potential.
Scottish Terriers 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.
Miniature Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Scottish Terriers 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.
Apartment Friendly
Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Scottish Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Miniature Schnauzers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Scottish Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
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.
Miniature Schnauzers 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.
Scottish Terriers 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.
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 Miniature Schnauzer vs Scottish Terrier

Stranger Friendly
Bichon Frises are very stranger friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards strangers.
Scottish Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are kid-friendly dogs.
Scottish Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards cats.
Scottish Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Scottish Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Bichon Frise is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Miniature Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Scottish Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
Miniature Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Scottish Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Bichon Frises are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Miniature Schnauzers are generally with other pets.
Scottish Terriers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Bichon Frises are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Miniature Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Scottish 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.
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.
Yes
Miniature Schnauzer breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Scottish 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 Miniature Schnauzer vs Scottish Terrier

Health Issues
The Bichon Frise is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Scottish Terriers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Allergies Bladder Stones Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Cataracts Patellar Luxation Vaccination Sensitivity Cataracts Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare infection (MAI) Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Craniomandibular Osteopathy Patellar Luxation Scottie Cramp Von Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-14 years 11-13 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Scottish Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Miniature Schnauzers have an average exercise need.
Scottish Terriers have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Miniature Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Scottish 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 cup dry food a day. Recommended daily amount: 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Miniature Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Scottish 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 Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Scottish Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Scottish Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Bichon Frise vs Miniature Schnauzer vs Scottish 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 3-6 puppies 2-5 puppies

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