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Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Brittany – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Brittany" Compare Miniature Schnauzer and Bichon Frise. Which is better: Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Brittany?
Name Miniature Schnauzer Bichon Frise Brittany
OriginsGermany Spain Belgium France
Group Hunting Dogs Companion Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank184626
Reviews241
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Other Names Zwergschnauzer Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon Epagneul Breton, Brittany Spaniel, American Brittany, Brittany Wiegref
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs 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 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
Price $600-$1000 $700-$1000 $700-$800

General Appearance - Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Brittany

Size Small Small Medium
Weight Male: 11-18 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 10-15 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) Male: 35-40 pounds (16-18 kg), Females: 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 14.5 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 12.5 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) 10 pounds (4.5 kg) Male: 37.5 pounds (17 kg), Females: 35 pounds (16 kg)
Height Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm) Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) Male: 17-21 inches (43-53 cm), Female: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm) Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) Male: 19 inches (48 cm), Female: 19 inches (48.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Brittany

Coat Wiry Curly Feathered
Colors Salt Pepper Silver Black White Apricot Buff Cream Liver White Orange Roan
Grooming
Advanced: The Miniature Schnauzer requires a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Easy to groom: The Brittany doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Miniature Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
Bichon Frises are low shedders.
Brittanys are low shedders.

Characteristics - Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Brittany

Temperament Alert Friendly Obedient Fearless Intelligent Spirited Affectionate Playful Sensitive Cheerful Gentle Intelligent Alert Intelligent Social Independent Responsive
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Miniature Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Brittany is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Miniature Schnauzers are easy to train.
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
Brittanys are easy to train.
Playfulness
Miniature Schnauzers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Bichon Frise is a playful breed.
The Brittany is a highly 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.
Brittanys don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Miniature Schnauzers 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.
Brittanys are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Miniature Schnauzers are a social breed.
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
Brittanys need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Miniature Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
Average: The Brittany barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Miniature Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
Brittanys are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Miniature Schnauzers strongly protect their territory.
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
Brittanys are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Brittany has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Miniature Schnauzers have lower 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.
Brittanys have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Miniature Schnauzers have average wanderlust potential.
Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Brittany is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Miniature Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Bichon Frises don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Brittanys have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers 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.
Brittanys are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Miniature Schnauzers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Brittanys adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Miniature Schnauzers 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.
Brittanys 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 - Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Brittany

Stranger Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards strangers.
Bichon Frises are very stranger friendly dogs.
Brittanys are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are kid-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs.
Brittanys are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards cats.
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
Brittanys are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs.
Brittanys are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Miniature Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bichon Frise is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Brittany is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
Brittanys are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Miniature Schnauzers are generally with other pets.
Bichon Frises are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Brittanys are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Miniature Schnauzers 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.
No
Brittanys 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.
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 Yes
Miniature Schnauzer breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Bichon Frise breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Brittany 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 - Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Brittany

Health Issues
The Miniature Schnauzer 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.
The Brittany is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cataracts Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare infection (MAI) Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Allergies Bladder Stones Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Cataracts Patellar Luxation Vaccination Sensitivity Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes No
Energy Level
Miniature Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Brittanys are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Miniature Schnauzers have an average exercise need.
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Brittanys need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Miniature Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Brittanys don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Miniature Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Brittany can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Low
The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Brittany has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Miniature Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Brittany is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Brittany

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 3-6 puppies 2-5 puppies 1-11 puppies, average 6

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