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Maltipoo vs Bichon Frise – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Maltipoo vs Bichon Frise" Compare Maltipoo and Bichon Frise. Which is better: Maltipoo or Bichon Frise?
Name Maltipoo Bichon Frise
OriginsGermany France Italy Spain Belgium
Group Designer Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank55846
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Other Names Maltepoo, Maltapoo, Moodle, Malt-A-Poo, Multapoo, Multipoo, Malte-Poo, Maltapoo, Multapoo, Multi-Poo, Maltese-Poodle, Malt-oodles, MaltiPoodle, mPoo 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 Continental Kennel Club American Canine Hybrid Club Designer Breed Registry Designer Dogs Kennel Club National Maltipoo Club Maltipoo 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 The Bichon Frise Club Of America
Price $400-$2000 $700-$1000

General Appearance - Maltipoo vs Bichon Frise

Size Small Medium Small
Weight 5-20 pounds (2,5-9 kg) 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg)
Avg. Weight 12.5 pounds (5,5 kg) 10 pounds (4.5 kg)
Height 10-13 inches (25-33 cm) Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm)
Avg. Height 11.5 inches (27 cm) Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Maltipoo vs Bichon Frise

Coat Fluffy Soft Wavy Woolly Curly
Colors Almost all colors Apricot Gold White Grey Cream Black White Apricot Buff Cream
Grooming
Average: The Maltipoo requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Maltipoos shed none to minimal.
Bichon Frises are low shedders.

Characteristics - Maltipoo vs Bichon Frise

Temperament Active Intelligent Affectionate Funny Obedient Companionable Affectionate Playful Sensitive Cheerful Gentle Intelligent
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Maltipoo's has great intelligence.
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Maltipoos are easy to train.
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Maltipoo 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.
Affection Level
Maltipoos 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
Maltipoos are a social breed.
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Maltipoo is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Maltipoos are one of the best watchdogs.
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Maltipoos are average defenders.
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Maltipoo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Maltipoos 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
Wanderlust potential of the Maltipoo is strong enough to escape from home.
Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Maltipoos 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
Maltipoos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Maltipoos adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Maltipoos 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 - Maltipoo vs Bichon Frise

Stranger Friendly
Maltipoos are stranger friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Maltipoos are kid-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Maltipoos are cat-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Maltipoos are very dog-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Maltipoo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bichon Frise is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Maltipoos are usually recommended for elderly people.
Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Maltipoos are usually friendly towards other pets.
Bichon Frises are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Maltipoos 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 Yes
This breed makes good 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.
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
Maltipoo 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 - Maltipoo vs Bichon Frise

Health Issues
Maltipoos tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Bichon Frise is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems White Dog Shaker Syndrome Epilepsy Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Legg-perthes Disease Allergies Bladder Stones Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Cataracts Patellar Luxation Vaccination Sensitivity
Life Expectancy 10-13 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes
Energy Level
Maltipoos 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
Maltipoos have an average exercise need.
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Maltipoos 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 0.5 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.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Low
The Maltipoo has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Maltipoo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Maltipoo 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 4-6 puppies 2-5 puppies

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