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Otterhound vs Bichon Frise vs Boston Terrier – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Otterhound vs Bichon Frise vs Boston Terrier" Compare Otterhound and Bichon Frise. Which is better: Otterhound or Bichon Frise or Boston Terrier?
Name Otterhound Bichon Frise Boston Terrier
OriginsEngland Spain Belgium United States
Group Hunting Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank1864621
Reviews141
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Other Names Otter Dog Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon Boston Bull, Boston Bull Terrier, Boxwood, American Gentlemen
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1909 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1893 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Small Molossian type Dogs section.
Breed Recognition American Kennel Club Australian National Kennel Council Canadian Kennel Club Continental Kennel Club Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain 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 $500-$600 $700-$1000 $600-$800

General Appearance - Otterhound vs Bichon Frise vs Boston Terrier

Size Large Small Small
Weight 66-115 pounds (30-52 kg) 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) 10-25 pounds (6-11kg)
Avg. Weight 90.5 pounds (41 kg) 10 pounds (4.5 kg) 17.5 pounds (8.5 kg)
Height 24-26 inches (60-65 cm) Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) 15-17 inches (38-43 cm)
Avg. Height 25 inches (62.5 cm) Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) 16 inches (40.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Otterhound vs Bichon Frise vs Boston Terrier

Coat Rough Waterproof Curly Fine
Colors Blue Cream Wheaten Tan Black White Apricot Buff Cream White Brindle Seal Black
Grooming
Advanced: The Otterhound requires a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Effortless: The Boston Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Otterhounds shed above average.
Bichon Frises are low shedders.
Boston Terriers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Otterhound vs Bichon Frise vs Boston Terrier

Temperament Amiable Outright Tempered Boisterous Affectionate Playful Sensitive Cheerful Gentle Intelligent Affectionate Friendly Intelligent Playful Aggressive Gentle Lively
Intelligent Rank
Average: Otterhound's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Boston Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Otterhounds are easy to train.
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
Boston Terriers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Otterhound is a highly playful breed.
The Bichon Frise is a playful breed.
Boston Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Otterhounds are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Boston Terriers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Otterhounds are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Bichon Frises are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Boston Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Otterhounds need for social interaction is average.
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
Boston Terriers are a social breed.
Barking
Average: The Otterhound barks occasionally.
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Boston Terrier rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Otterhounds are not the best watchdogs.
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
Boston Terriers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Otterhounds can't provide protection for their territory.
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
Boston Terriers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Otterhound has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Boston Terrier has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Otterhounds 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.
Boston Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Otterhounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential.
Boston Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Otterhounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Bichon Frises don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Boston Terriers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Otterhounds are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Otterhounds adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Boston Terriers 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.
Bichon Frises tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Boston Terriers 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.
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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Otterhound vs Bichon Frise vs Boston Terrier

Stranger Friendly
Otterhounds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very stranger friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Otterhounds are kid-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Otterhounds are average friendly towards cats.
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Otterhounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs.
Boston Terriers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Otterhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bichon Frise is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Boston Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Otterhounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
Boston Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Otterhounds are generally with other pets.
Bichon Frises are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Boston Terriers are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Otterhounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Bichon Frises are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Boston Terriers 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
Otterhound breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Bichon Frise breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Boston Terrier 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 - Otterhound vs Bichon Frise vs Boston Terrier

Health Issues
Otterhounds 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.
The Boston Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Bloat Epilepsy Glanzmann's Thrombasthenia Joint Problems Allergies Bladder Stones Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Cataracts Patellar Luxation Vaccination Sensitivity Allergies Brain Tumors Cataracts Cherry Eye Deafness Heart Murmurs Megaesophagus Patellar Luxation Reverse Sneezing
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
Otterhounds are high energy dogs.
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Boston Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Otterhounds need a lot of exercises.
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Boston Terriers have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Otterhounds don't need too much sleep.
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Boston Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Otterhound can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Otterhound has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Boston Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Otterhound is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Boston Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Otterhound vs Bichon Frise vs Boston Terrier

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 4-7 puppies 2-5 puppies 3-5 puppies

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