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Irish Water Spaniel vs Poodle vs Bichon Frise – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Irish Water Spaniel vs Poodle vs Bichon Frise" Compare Irish Water Spaniel and Poodle. Which is better: Irish Water Spaniel or Poodle or Bichon Frise?
Name Irish Water Spaniel Poodle Bichon Frise
OriginsIreland Germany France Spain Belgium
Group Gun Dog Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank164746
Reviews073
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Other Names Whiptail, Shannon Spaniel, Rat Tail Spaniel, Bog Dog French Poodle, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Non-Sporting & Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Poodle section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition No set 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 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
Price $800-$1000 $1000-$1500 $700-$1000

General Appearance - Irish Water Spaniel vs Poodle vs Bichon Frise

Size Medium Medium Small
Weight 45-65 pounds (20-30 kg) Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg) 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg)
Avg. Weight 55 pounds (25 kg) Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg) 10 pounds (4.5 kg)
Height 20-23 inches (51-58 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm)
Avg. Height 21.5 inches (54.5 cm) 15 inches (38 cm) or more Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Irish Water Spaniel vs Poodle vs Bichon Frise

Coat Dense Tight Curly Curly Curly
Colors Brown Apricot Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige Black White Apricot Buff Cream
Grooming
Advanced: The Irish Water Spaniel requires a lot of grooming.
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
Irish Water Spaniels shed none to minimal.
Poodles shed none to minimal.
Bichon Frises are low shedders.

Characteristics - Irish Water Spaniel vs Poodle vs Bichon Frise

Temperament Active Clownish Intelligent Alert Inquisitive Quick Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable Affectionate Playful Sensitive Cheerful Gentle Intelligent
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Irish Water Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Irish Water Spaniels are easy to train.
Poodles are easy to train.
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Irish Water Spaniel is a playful breed.
The Poodle is a playful breed.
The Bichon Frise is a playful 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.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Irish Water Spaniels are highly affectionate dogs.
Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Bichon Frises are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Irish Water Spaniels need for social interaction is average.
Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Irish Water Spaniel barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Poodle is a vocal breed.
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Irish Water Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Poodles are good watchdogs.
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Irish Water Spaniels are average defenders.
Poodles strongly protect their territory.
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Irish Water Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Irish Water Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Poodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Bichon Frises have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Irish Water Spaniels have average wanderlust potential.
Poodles have average wanderlust potential.
Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Irish Water Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Bichon Frises don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Irish Water Spaniels are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Irish Water Spaniels adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Bichon Frises 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 - Irish Water Spaniel vs Poodle vs Bichon Frise

Stranger Friendly
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Irish Water Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Irish Water Spaniels are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Irish Water Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bichon Frise is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Irish Water Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Irish Water Spaniels usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Bichon Frises are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Irish Water Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Bichon Frises 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 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 Yes
Irish Water Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Poodle breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Bichon Frise 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 - Irish Water Spaniel vs Poodle vs Bichon Frise

Health Issues
Irish Water Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
The Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Bichon Frise is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems No set Addison's Disease Allergies Bloat Canine Atrial Septal Defect (asd) Cataracts Cushing's Syndrome Ear Infections Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Legg-perthes Disease Neonatal Encephalopathy (news) Optic Nerve Hypoplasia Patellar Luxation Premature Graying Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Runny Eyes Sebaceous Adenitis Von Willebrand's Disease Allergies Bladder Stones Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Cataracts Patellar Luxation Vaccination Sensitivity
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Irish Water Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Irish Water Spaniels need a lot of exercises.
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Irish Water Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Irish Water Spaniel can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Irish Water Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Poodle has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Irish Water Spaniel is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Irish Water Spaniel vs Poodle vs Bichon Frise

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 4-12 puppies 2-4 puppies 2-5 puppies

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