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Name Miniature Schnauzer Bichon Frise Maltese
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Other Names
What other names do they have?
Zwergschnauzer Bichon A Poil Frise
Bichon Tenerife
Purebred Bichon
Tenerife Dog
Bichon Frise
Maltese lion dog
Maltese Dog
Breed Type
Which dog is purebred or crossbreed? Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese breed type comparison:
Purebred Purebred Purebred

Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese Price and Availability Comparison

Price
Which is cheaper, Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese? Which is more expensive?
$600-$1000 $700-$1000 $600-$800
Availability
Which is easier to get, Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese?
Very frequent: The Miniature Schnauzer is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Bichon Frise is quite easy to get.
Very frequent: The Maltese is quite easy to get.

Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese Size Comparison

Size
Which is bigger, Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese? Which is the smallest dog, Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese?
Small Small Small
Weight
Which is heavier, Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Bichon Frise? Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese weight comparison:
Male: 11-18 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 10-15 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) 6.5-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Average Weight
Which dog has a smaller / higher average weight?
Male: 14.5 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 12.5 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) 10 pounds (4.5 kg) 6.7 pounds (3.5 kg)
Height
Which is taller, Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese? Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese height comparison:
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: 8-10 inches (21-25 cm), Female: 8-9 inches (20-23 cm)
Average Height
Which dog has a smaller / higher average 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: 9 inches (23 cm), Female: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm)

Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese Grooming, Hair and Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat/fur do they have? Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese coat comparison:
Wiry Curly Feathered
Colors
What are the original Miniature Schnauzer, Bichon Frise and Maltese color?
Salt
Pepper
Silver
Black
White
Apricot
Buff
Cream
White
Grooming
Which dog is easy to maintain, Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese? Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese grooming comparison:
Advanced: The Miniature Schnauzer requires a lot of grooming.
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Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
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Average: The Maltese requires average grooming effort.
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Shedding Level
Who sheds more Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese? Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or {name3 shedding:
Miniature Schnauzers shed none to minimal.
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Bichon Frises are low shedders.
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Malteses shed none to minimal.
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Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
Which dog should be bathed more: Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese?
8-12 weeks
Very rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds.
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6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one.
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Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese Personality / Temperament Comparison

Temperament
Which one has a better personality? Which is a better family dog, Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese? Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese behavior/temperament comparison:
Alert
Friendly
Obedient
Fearless
Intelligent
Spirited
Affectionate
Playful
Sensitive
Cheerful
Gentle
Intelligent
Active
Easygoing
Intelligent
Responsive
Docile
Gentle
Playful
Sweet
Tempered
Intelligent Rank
Which is the smarter dog? Which is best? Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese intelligence:
Very smart: Miniature Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed.
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Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it.
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Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
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Trainability
Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese trainability comparison.
Miniature Schnauzers are easy to train.
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Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
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Malteses are quite easy to train.
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Playfulness
Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese playfulness comparison:
Average: Miniature Schnauzers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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The Bichon Frise is a playful breed.
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Average: Malteses, like any other dog breed, like playing.
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Sensitivity Level
Which dog is more sensitive? What's the difference?
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
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Affection Level
Which is the more affectionate dog breed: Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese?
High: Miniature Schnauzers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Bichon Frises are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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High: Malteses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
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Social Needs
Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese social needs comparison:
Miniature Schnauzers are a social breed.
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Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
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Malteses need a lot of social interaction.
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Barking
Which dog barks more/less: Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese?
Average: The Miniature Schnauzer barks occasionally.
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Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
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A lot: Maltese is a particularly loud breed.
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Watchdog Ability
Which is the better watchdog: Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese?
Miniature Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
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Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
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Malteses are average watchdogs.
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Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Which is a better guard dog Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese? Which dog is most likely to protect its owner? Which is the best dog to use for protection?
Miniature Schnauzers strongly protect their territory.
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Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
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Malteses strongly protect their territory.
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Biting Potential
Which breed of dog is most likely to bite? Biting potential comparison:

Low 🔽

The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.

Low 🔽

The Maltese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Bite Force
Which bite is stronger: Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Miniature Schnauzer bite force: Weak.

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Bichon Frise bite force: Weak.

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Maltese bite force: Weak.
Mouthiness
Which is the better dog? Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese mouthiness comparison:
Miniature Schnauzers have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Bichon Frises have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Malteses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
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Impulse to Wander or Roam
Which dog has a greater roaming instinct?
Miniature Schnauzers have average wanderlust potential.
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Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential.
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Malteses are not the biggest explorers.
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Prey Drive
Which dog has a higher prey drive? Which can be better for hunting?
Miniature Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Their prey drive is low.
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Malteses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
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Apartment Friendly
Which dog is more apartment friendly Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Miniature Schnauzer indoors.
Very house-friendly dog the Bichon Frise breed.
Very house-friendly dog the Maltese breed.
Adaptability
Which dog has a higher adaptability potential? Which is the better dog?
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.
Malteses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Which dog can be left alone: Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese?
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.
Malteses tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

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Stranger Friendly
Which dog is more stranger friendly Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese? Which dog is more friendly?
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards strangers.
Bichon Frises are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Malteses are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Which dog breeds get along well with other animals/pets?
Miniature Schnauzers are generally with other pets.
Bichon Frises are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Malteses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Child Friendly
Which dog is more child/kid friendly Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese?
Miniature Schnauzers are kid-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs.
Malteses are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Which dog is more cat friendly Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese?
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards cats.
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
Malteses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Which dog is more dog friendly Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese?
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs.
Malteses are very dog-friendly dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Which dog is good for the first-time owners: Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese?
Yes
Miniature Schnauzers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Bichon Frises are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Malteses are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Which one fits better in the office?
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
Maltese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Which dog is good for elderly people?
Miniature Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
Malteses are usually recommended for elderly people.

Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese Health Comparison

Health Issues
Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese health comparison. Which is the healthier: Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese?
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 Maltese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
Which one has more or less genetic/health problems: Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese? What are the allergies, genetic diseases and concerns for them? Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese health problems comparison:
Cataracts
Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare infection (MAI)
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Allergies
Bladder Stones
Hip Dysplasia
Juvenile Cataracts
Patellar Luxation
Vaccination Sensitivity
Collapsed Trachea
Hypoglycemia
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Reverse Sneezing
White Dog Shaker Syndrome
Veterinarian Visits
Which one may need more or less veterinary visits?
Average
The Miniature Schnauzer should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Average
The Bichon Frise should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Average
The Maltese should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Life Expectancy
Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese lifespan comparison. How long do Miniature Schnauzer, Bichon Frise and Maltese breeds live? Which one has a longer lifespan/life expectancy?
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Miniature Schnauzer: 13 years
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Bichon Frise: 13 years
14-18 years
The average lifespan of Maltese: 16 years
Hypoallergenic
Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese hypoallergenic comparison. Which dog is hypoallergenic or not?
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Energy Level
Who has more energy a Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese? Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese energy level comparison:
Miniature Schnauzers are high-energy dogs.
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Malteses have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese exercise need comparison. Which dog needs more activity? Which dog needs the most exercise: Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese? Which dog needs the most walking? Which dog is the laziest?
Miniature Schnauzers have an average exercise need.
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Malteses exercise need is very minimal.
Sleeping Need
Which one sleeps the least/most: Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese?
Miniature Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Malteses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
Which dog eats more: Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese?
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. Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Which dog breed is more prone to obesity? Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese weight gain potential comparison:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Miniature Schnauzer's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Bichon Frise's weight, he can easily gain weight.
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Average: The Maltese has an average risk for obesity.
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Weather and Climate
Which dog is best for hot or cold weather: Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese?
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.
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Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions.
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Prefers warm weather
Dogs that prefer warm weather conditions are typically breeds that were originally bred in warmer climates.
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Stinkiness
Which dog breed smells the least? Which dog smells the most? Which is best, Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese?

Low 🔽

The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.

Low 🔽

The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.

Medium

The Maltese has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling Tendency
Which dog drools the most? Which dog drools the least?
The Miniature Schnauzer is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Bichon Frise is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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The Maltese is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
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Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese As a Working Dog Comparison

Service Dog
Which one could be a service dog?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog.
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Therapy Dog
Which one could be a therapy dog: Miniature Schnauzer or Bichon Frise or Maltese? Which is better for autism?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Yes

This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
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Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog.
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Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Which one could be a detection/sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Which one could be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Which one could be a boat dog: Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese?

Yes

Miniature Schnauzer breed usually likes being on a boat.
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Not really

Bichon Frise breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Not really

Maltese breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
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Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Which one could be a cart pulling or drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
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Fighting Dog / Military 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.

Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more. 60-64 days See more.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy.
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Litter Size
How many puppies can Miniature Schnauzer and Bichon Frise and Maltese have?
3-6 puppies 2-5 puppies 3-5 puppies

Miniature Schnauzer vs Bichon Frise vs Maltese Recognition Comparison

AKC Group
Which dog is recognized by the AKC?
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 1888 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group
Which dog is recognized by the FCI?
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 Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section.
Breed Recognition
What other organizations and kennel clubs recognize these dog breeds?
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Australian National Kennel Council
Canadian Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
United Kennel Club
American Canine Association, Inc.
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

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