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Bichon Frise vs West Highland White Terrier vs Shih Tzu Comparison - Dog breed selector: Bichon Frise or Poltalloch Terrier or Chinese Lion Dog? Find the right dog for you

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Name Bichon Frise West Highland White Terrier Shih Tzu
OriginsSpain Belgium Scotland China
Group Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank464220
Reviews4111
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Other Names Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon Poltalloch Terrier, Roseneath Terrier, White Roseneath Terrier, Westie (or Westy) Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog
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 1908 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds 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
Club Espanol De Terriers
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
Price $700-$1000 $900-$1200 $800-$1200

Bichon Frise vs West Highland White Terrier vs Shih Tzu General Appearance Comparison

Size Small Small Small
Weight 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) Male: 15-22 pounds (7-10 kg), Female: 13-16 pounds (6-7 kg) 9–16 pounds (4-7 kg)
Avg. Weight 10 pounds (4.5 kg) Male: 18.5 pounds (8.5 kg), Female: 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg) 9–16 pounds (5.5 kg)
Height Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm), Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) 8-11 inches (20-28 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) Male: 11 inches (27.5 cm), Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) 9.5 inches (24 cm)

Bichon Frise vs West Highland White Terrier vs Shih Tzu Hair & Care Comparison

Coat Curly Dense Dense
Colors White
Apricot
Buff
Cream
White Brindle
Liver
Silver
Blue
Gold
Red
Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Advanced: The West Highland White Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Bichon Frises are low shedders.
West Highland White Terriers shed none to minimal.
Shih Tzus shed none to minimal.

Bichon Frise vs West Highland White Terrier vs Shih Tzu Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Affectionate
Playful
Sensitive
Cheerful
Gentle
Intelligent
Affectionate
Courageous
Friendly
Independent
Alert
Intelligent
Active
Friendly
Happy
Lively
Playful
Courageous
Gentle
Intelligent
Outgoing
Intelligent Rank
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: West Highland White Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Low: The Shih Tzu if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
West Highland White Terriers are easy to train.
Shih Tzus are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Bichon Frise is a playful breed.
The West Highland White Terrier is a highly playful breed.
Shih Tzus are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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.
Affection Level
Bichon Frises are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
West Highland White Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Shih Tzus are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
West Highland White Terriers are a social breed.
Shih Tzus need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
High: The West Highland White Terrier is a very vocal breed.
High: The Shih Tzu is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
West Highland White Terriers are average watchdogs.
Shih Tzus are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
West Highland White Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Shih Tzus strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The West Highland White Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Bichon Frises have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
West Highland White Terriers have lower than 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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential.
West Highland White Terriers have average wanderlust potential.
Shih Tzus tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Bichon Frises don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
West Highland White Terriers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Shih Tzus have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs.
West Highland White Terriers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Shih Tzus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
West Highland White Terriers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Shih Tzus 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.
West Highland White 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.
Shih Tzus 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.

Bichon Frise vs West Highland White Terrier vs Shih Tzu Good With Comparison

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

Bichon Frise vs West Highland White Terrier vs Shih Tzu Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
The Bichon Frise is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Very healthy dog breed.
The Shih Tzu 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
Atopic Dermatitis
Cataracts
Craniomandibular Osteopathy
Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy
Hyperplastic Dermatosis
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Legg-perthes Disease
Patellar Luxation
Pulmonary Fibrosis
White Dog Shaker Syndrome
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
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-16 years 10-16 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
West Highland White Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Shih Tzus have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
West Highland White Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Shih Tzus exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
West Highland White Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Shih Tzus like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/2 to 1.5 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The West Highland White 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.
Low
The West Highland White Terrier has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The West Highland White Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shih Tzu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Bichon Frise vs West Highland White Terrier vs Shih Tzu Reproducibility Comparison

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 2-5 puppies 2-5 puppies

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