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Mal-Shi vs Bichon Frise – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Mal-Shi vs Bichon Frise" Compare Mal-Shi and Bichon Frise. Which is better: Mal-Shi or Bichon Frise?
Name Mal-Shi Bichon Frise
OriginsUnited States Canada Spain Belgium
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank22246
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Other Names Malshi, Malti Zu, Malt-Tzu Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon
Breed Type Cross Breed Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. 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 The Bichon Frise Club Of America
Price 800-1000 $700-$1000

General Appearance - Mal-Shi vs Bichon Frise

Size Small Small
Weight 5-15 pounds (2.3-6.8 kg) 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg)
Avg. Weight 10 pounds (2.3-6.8 kg) 10 pounds (4.5 kg)
Height 10-20 inces (25-51 cm) Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm)
Avg. Height 10-20 inces (38 cm) Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Mal-Shi vs Bichon Frise

Coat Soft Silky Wavy Double Curly
Colors Black Gray Yellow Brown White White Apricot Buff Cream
Grooming
Average: The Mal-Shi requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Mal-Shis shed none to minimal.
Bichon Frises are low shedders.

Characteristics - Mal-Shi vs Bichon Frise

Temperament Affectionate Independent Loving Playful Social Alert Intelligent Going Quiet Affectionate Playful Sensitive Cheerful Gentle Intelligent
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Mal-Shis are quite easy to train.
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Mal-Shis, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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.
Affection Level
Mal-Shis 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
Mal-Shis are a social breed.
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Mal-Shi barks occasionally.
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Mal-Shis are average watchdogs.
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Mal-Shis strongly protect their territory.
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Mal-Shi has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Mal-Shis have an 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
Mal-Shis tend to escape less than other breeds.
Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Mal-Shis 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.
Bichon Frises don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Mal-Shis are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Mal-Shis adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Mal-Shis 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.
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.

Good With - Mal-Shi vs Bichon Frise

Stranger Friendly
Mal-Shis are average friendly towards strangers.
Bichon Frises are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Mal-Shis are kid-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Mal-Shis are average friendly towards cats.
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Mal-Shis are dog-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Mal-Shi is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bichon Frise is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Mal-Shis are usually recommended for elderly people.
Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Mal-Shis are generally with other pets.
Bichon Frises are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Mal-Shis 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.
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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Mal-Shi breed usually doesn't like 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.

Health Factors - Mal-Shi vs Bichon Frise

Health Issues
The Mal-Shi 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 Allergies Bladder Stones Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Cataracts Patellar Luxation Vaccination Sensitivity
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes
Energy Level
Mal-Shis have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Mal-Shis have an average exercise need.
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Mal-Shis sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/4 to 1 cup 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 to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Low
The Mal-Shi has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Mal-Shi is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Mal-Shi vs Bichon Frise

Gestation Length 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.
Litter Size 4-8 puppies 2-5 puppies

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