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Havanese vs French Bulldog vs Toy Poodle – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Havanese vs French Bulldog vs Toy Poodle" Compare Havanese and French Bulldog. Which is better: Havanese or French Bulldog or Toy Poodle?
Name Havanese French Bulldog Toy Poodle
OriginsCuba England France Germany France
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank234449
Reviews511
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Other Names Bichon Havanese, Bichon Habanero, Havanese Cuban Bichon, Bichon Havanais, Bichon Havanês, Havaneser, Havanezer Frenchie, Bouledogue Français Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Teacup Poodle, French Poodle, Pudle, Teddy Poodle
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1898 as a Non-Sporting breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Small Molossian type Dogs 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
United Kennel Club
Havanese 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
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Price $900-$1200 $2000-$4000 1000-1500

General Appearance - Havanese vs French Bulldog vs Toy Poodle

Size Small Small Small
Weight 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) 18-30 pounds (8-14 kg) Male: 6-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Avg. Weight 10 pounds (4.5 kg) There are two weight classes of French Bulldog: 19 - 22 pounds (9 - 10 kg) and 22 - 28 pounds (10 - 13 kg). Over 28 pounds is a disqualification. Male: 7.5 pounds (3.5 kg)
Height 8-11 inches (21-29 cm) 13–16 inches (33–40 cm) Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm)
Avg. Height 10 inches (25 cm) 14.5 inches (36.5 cm) Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm)

Hair & Care - Havanese vs French Bulldog vs Toy Poodle

Coat Soft
Wavy
Woolly
Flat
Long
Fine
Smooth
Short
Close in texture
Dense
Curly
Thick
Colors Black
Reddish-Brown
Fawn
White
Havana Brown
Tobacco
Brindle
Cream
Fawn
White
Apricot
Black
Brown
Gray
Silver
White
Fawn
Blue
Cream
Red
Beige
Grooming
Average: The Havanese requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The French Bulldog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Havaneses shed none to minimal.
French Bulldogs are low shedders.
Toy Poodles shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Havanese vs French Bulldog vs Toy Poodle

Temperament Affectionate
Gentle
Playful
Companionable
Intelligent
Responsive
Sturdy
Lively
Amiable
Charming
Affectionate
Alert
Bright
Keen
Patient
Playful
Athletic
Easygoing
Lively
Active
Faithful
Intelligent
Alert
Instinctual
Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Average: Havanese's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Outstanding: Toy Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Havaneses are very easy to train.
French Bulldogs are quite easy to train.
Toy Poodles are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Havanese is a highly playful breed.
French Bulldogs are not the most playful dog breed.
The Toy Poodle is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
French Bulldogs 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
Havaneses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
French Bulldogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Toy Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Havaneses need a lot of social interaction.
French Bulldogs need a lot of social interaction.
Toy Poodles are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Havanese rarely barks.
Low: The French Bulldog barks none to minimal.
Average to high: The Toy Poodle is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Havaneses are good watchdogs.
French Bulldogs are average watchdogs.
Toy Poodles are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Havaneses strongly protect their territory.
French Bulldogs are average defenders.
Toy Poodles are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Havanese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The French Bulldog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Toy Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Havaneses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
French Bulldogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Toy Poodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Havaneses tend to escape less than other breeds.
French Bulldogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Toy Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Havaneses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
French Bulldogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Toy Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Havaneses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Havaneses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
French Bulldogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Toy Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Havaneses tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
French Bulldogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Toy Poodles 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 - Havanese vs French Bulldog vs Toy Poodle

Stranger Friendly
Havaneses are stranger friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are stranger friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Havaneses are very kid-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Havaneses are very cat-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Havaneses are very dog-friendly dogs.
French Bulldogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Havanese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
French Bulldog is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Toy Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Havaneses are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
French Bulldogs are not the best breed for elderly people.
Toy Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Havaneses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
French Bulldogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Toy Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Havaneses are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
French Bulldogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Toy Poodles 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 Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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
Havanese breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
French Bulldog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Toy Poodle 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 - Havanese vs French Bulldog vs Toy Poodle

Health Issues
The Havanese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The French Bulldog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Toy Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cataracts
Chondrodysplasia
Deafness
Elbow Dysplasia
Heart Murmurs
Hip Dysplasia
Legg-perthes Disease
Mitral Valve Disease
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Allergies
Brachycephalic Syndrome
Cleft Palate
Elongated Soft Palate
Hemi-vertebrae
Hip Dysplasia
Intervertebral Disk Disease
Patellar Luxation
Von Willebrand's Disease
Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
Canine Diabetes Mellitus
Ear Infections
Epilepsy
Heart Murmurs
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Skin Allergies
Slipped Stifle
Life Expectancy 14-16 years 10-12 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No Yes
Energy Level
Havaneses have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
French Bulldogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Toy Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Havaneses exercise need is very minimal.
French Bulldogs exercise need is minimal.
Toy Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Havaneses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
French Bulldogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Toy Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. Recommended daily amount: 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Low
The Havanese has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The French Bulldog has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Toy Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Havanese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The French Bulldog is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Toy Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Havanese vs French Bulldog vs Toy Poodle

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 1-9 puppies, average 4 3-5 puppies 2-4 puppies

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