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

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Name Pomeranian Bichon Frise Pug
OriginsGermany Poland Spain Belgium China
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank224631
Reviews245
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Other Names Pom, Pom Pom, Deutsche Spitze, Zwergspitz, Spitz Nain, Spitz Enano, Zwers Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon Mops, Carlin, Chinese Pug, Dutch Bulldog, Dutch Mastiff, Mini Mastiff
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the European Spitz 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 Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. 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 Canadian Canine Registry 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-$800 $700-$1000 $300-$500

General Appearance - Pomeranian vs Bichon Frise vs Pug

Size Small Small Small
Weight 3-7 pounds (1-3 kg) 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) Male: 13-20 pounds (6-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg)
Avg. Weight 5 pounds (2 kg) 10 pounds (4.5 kg) Male: 16.5 pounds (7.5 kg), Female: 15.5 pounds (7 kg)
Height 7-12 inches (18-30 cm) Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) Male: 12-14 inches (30-36 cm), Female: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm)
Avg. Height 9.5 inches (24 cm) Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) Male: 13 inches (33 cm), Female: 11 inches (27.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Pomeranian vs Bichon Frise vs Pug

Coat Fluffy Curly Fine
Colors Blue Gray Red Tan Brown Orange White Black White Apricot Buff Cream Fawn Black
Grooming
Average: The Pomeranian requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Effortless: The Pug requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Pomeranians shed moderately.
Bichon Frises are low shedders.
Pugs shed above average.

Characteristics - Pomeranian vs Bichon Frise vs Pug

Temperament Active Friendly Lively Sociable Extroverted Intelligent Playful Attentive Docile Trainable Affectionate Playful Sensitive Cheerful Gentle Intelligent Affectionate Courageous Intelligent Going Loyal Cheerful Gentle Friendly Playful
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Pomeranian is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Pomeranians are easy to train.
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
Pugs aren't famous for their trainability.
Playfulness
Pomeranians, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Bichon Frise is a playful breed.
Pugs, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Pugs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Pomeranians 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.
Pugs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Pomeranians need a lot of social interaction.
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
Pugs need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average to high: The Pomeranian is a vocal breed.
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
Average: The Pug barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Pomeranians are average watchdogs.
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
Pugs are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Pomeranians strongly protect their territory.
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
Pugs strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Pomeranian has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Pug has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Pomeranians 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.
Pugs have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Pomeranians are not the biggest explorers.
Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential.
Pugs tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Pomeranians 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.
Pugs 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.
Apartment Friendly
Pomeranians are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Pugs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Pomeranians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Pugs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Pomeranians tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Bichon Frises tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Pugs 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 - Pomeranian vs Bichon Frise vs Pug

Stranger Friendly
Pomeranians are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very stranger friendly dogs.
Pugs are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Pomeranians are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs.
Pugs are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Pomeranians are very cat-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
Pugs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Pomeranians are average friendly towards other dogs.
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs.
Pugs are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Pomeranian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bichon Frise is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Pug is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pomeranians are not the best breed for elderly people.
Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pugs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Pomeranians are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Bichon Frises are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Pugs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Pomeranians 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
Pugs 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.
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.
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.
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 Not really
Pomeranian breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Bichon Frise breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Pug 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 - Pomeranian vs Bichon Frise vs Pug

Health Issues
The Pomeranian 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.
Very healthy dog breed.
Health Problems Allergies Cataracts Collapsed Trachea Dry Eye Epilepsy Heat Intolerance Heatstroke Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Legg-perthes Disease Patellar Luxation Patent Ductus Arteriosis Seizures Allergies Bladder Stones Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Cataracts Patellar Luxation Vaccination Sensitivity Allergies Cheyletiella Dermatitis Corneal Ulcers Demodectic Mange Distichiasis Dry Eye Entropion Epilepsy Hemi-vertebrae Hip Dysplasia Legg-perthes Disease Nerve Degeneration Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Proptosis Pug Dog Encephalitis Staphylococcus Infection Vaccination Sensitivity Yeast Infection
Life Expectancy 12-16 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes No
Energy Level
Pomeranians 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.
Pugs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Pomeranians exercise need is minimal.
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Pugs exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Pomeranians 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.
Pugs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 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. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
High: The Pug breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Pomeranian 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 warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Pomeranian has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
High
The Pug has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Pomeranian is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Pug is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Pomeranian vs Bichon Frise vs Pug

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 2-5 puppies 2-5 puppies 2-4 puppies

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