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Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear Comparison - Dog breed selector: Bichon Frise or Chinese Lion Dog or Coton? Find the right dog for you

"Find similarities and differences between Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear" Compare Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu. Which is better: Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear?
Name Bichon Frise Shih Tzu Coton de Tulear
OriginsSpain Belgium China Madagascar
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank462081
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog Coton, Cotie
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2014 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
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
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
National Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Price
Which is cheaper, Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear? Which is more expensive?
$700-$1000 $800-$1200 No data available
Availability
Very frequent
Very frequent
Very frequent

Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear General Appearance & Basic Info Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear? Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear size comparison:
Small Small Small
Weight
Which is heavier, Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Shih Tzu? Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear weight comparison:
7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) 9–16 pounds (4-7 kg) 12-15 pounds (5.5-7 kg)
Avg. Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
10 pounds (4.5 kg) 9–16 pounds (5.5 kg) 13.5 pounds (5.6 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear? Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear height comparison:
Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) 8-11 inches (20-28 cm) 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Avg. Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average height?
Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) 9.5 inches (24 cm) 11 inches (27.5 cm)

Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear Hair & Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear coat comparison:
Curly Dense Soft
Colors
What are the original Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu and Coton de Tulear color?
White
Apricot
Buff
Cream
Brindle
Liver
Silver
Blue
Gold
Red
Black
White
Grooming
Which is easy to maintain, Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear? Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear grooming comparison:
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.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Who sheds more Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear? Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or {name3 shedding:
Bichon Frises are low shedders.
Shih Tzus shed none to minimal.
Coton de Tulears are low shedders.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear?
3-4 weeks
More often than average.
4-6 weeks
Average.
3-4 weeks
More often than average.

Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear Characteristics Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear? Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear behavior/temperament comparison:
Affectionate
Playful
Sensitive
Cheerful
Gentle
Intelligent
Active
Friendly
Happy
Lively
Playful
Courageous
Gentle
Intelligent
Outgoing
Affectionate
Lively
Trainable
Intelligent
Playful
Vocal
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear intelligence:
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú Bichon Frise.
Low: The Shih Tzu if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear trainability comparison.
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
Shih Tzus are quite easy to train.
Coton de Tulears are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear playfulness comparison:
The Bichon Frise is a playful breed.
Shih Tzus are not the most playful dog breed.
The Coton de Tulear is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Shih Tzus have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Coton de Tulears don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear?
Bichon Frises are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shih Tzus are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Coton de Tulears are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear social needs comparison:
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
Shih Tzus need a lot of social interaction.
Coton de Tulears are a social breed.
Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear?
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
Nagyon sokat: Shih Tzu kimondottan hangos fajta.
Average: The Coton de Tulear barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear?
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
Shih Tzus are average watchdogs.
Coton de Tulears are average watchdogs.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
Shih Tzus strongly protect their territory.
Coton de Tulears are average defenders.
Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Coton de Tulear has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear?
Between 100 and 200 PSI
The weakest: Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.
Between 100 and 200 PSI
The weakest: Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.
Between 100 and 200 PSI
The weakest: Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear mouthiness comparison:
Bichon Frises have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shih Tzus have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Coton de Tulears have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential.
Shih Tzus tend to escape less than other breeds.
Coton de Tulears have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Bichon Frises don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Shih Tzus have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Coton de Tulears don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear?
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Bichon Frise fajta.
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Shih Tzu fajta.
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Coton de Tulear fajta.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shih Tzus adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Coton de Tulears adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear?
Bichon Frises tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Shih Tzus tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Coton de Tulears 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.

Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear? Which dog is more friendly?
Bichon Frises are very stranger friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are average friendly towards strangers.
Coton de Tulears are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear?
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Coton de Tulears are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear?
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very cat-friendly dogs.
Coton de Tulears are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear?
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very dog-friendly dogs.
Coton de Tulears are dog-friendly dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear?
No
Bichon Frises are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Shih Tzus are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Coton de Tulears are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Which one could be 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.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear? Which is better for autism?
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
Which one could be a detection/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.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
No
Bichon Frise is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shih Tzu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Coton de Tulear is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?
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.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
Shih Tzus are not the best breed for elderly people.
Coton de Tulears are usually recommended for elderly people.
Boat Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear?
Not really
Bichon Frise breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shih Tzu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Coton de Tulear breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Bichon Frises are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Shih Tzus are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Coton de Tulears are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Which one could be a 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.

Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear health comparison. Which is the healthier: Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear?
The Bichon Frise is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Shih Tzu is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Coton de Tulear is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear health problems comparison:
Allergies
Bladder Stones
Hip Dysplasia
Juvenile Cataracts
Patellar Luxation
Vaccination Sensitivity
Allergies
Bladder Stones
Distichiasis
Dry Eye
Ear Infections
Ectopic Cilia
Hip Dysplasia
Juvenile Renal Dysplasia
Keratitis
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Proptosis
Retained Baby Teeth
Reverse Sneezing
Snuffles
Umbilical Hernias
Hip Dysplasia
Luxating Patella
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Average
The Bichon Frise should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Average
The Shih Tzu should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Average
The Coton de Tulear should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Life Expectancy
Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear lifespan comparison. How long do Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu and Coton de Tulear breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
12-15 years 10-16 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic
Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Who has more energy a Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear? Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear energy level comparison:
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Shih Tzus have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Coton de Tulears have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Shih Tzus exercise need is minimal.
Coton de Tulears have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear?
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Shih Tzus like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Coton de Tulears sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Bichon Frise or Shih Tzu or Coton de Tulear?
1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1 cup 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 / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear weight gain potential comparison:
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells least? Which dog smells most? Which is best, Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear?
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Coton de Tulear has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shih Tzu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Coton de Tulear is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Bichon Frise vs Shih Tzu vs Coton de Tulear Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
Litter Frequency 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
How many puppies can Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu and Coton de Tulear have?
2-5 puppies 2-5 puppies 4-6 puppies

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