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

"Find similarities and differences between Poodle vs Bichon Frise" Compare Poodle and Bichon Frise. Which is better: Poodle or Bichon Frise?
Name Poodle Bichon Frise
OriginsGermany France Spain Belgium
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank746
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Other Names French Poodle, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Non-Sporting & Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Poodle section. Not recognized by FCI.
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 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
Price $1000-$1500 $700-$1000

General Appearance - Poodle vs Bichon Frise

Size Medium Small
Weight Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg) 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg) 10 pounds (4.5 kg)
Height 15 inches (38 cm) or more Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm)
Avg. Height 15 inches (38 cm) or more Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Poodle vs Bichon Frise

Coat Curly Curly
Colors Apricot Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige Black White Apricot Buff Cream
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Poodles shed none to minimal.
Bichon Frises are low shedders.

Characteristics - Poodle vs Bichon Frise

Temperament Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable Affectionate Playful Sensitive Cheerful Gentle Intelligent
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Poodles are easy to train.
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Poodle 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
Poodles 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
Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average to high: The Poodle is a vocal breed.
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Poodles are good watchdogs.
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Poodles strongly protect their territory.
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Poodles have a higher 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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Poodles have average wanderlust potential.
Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Poodles 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
Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Poodles 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.
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 - Poodle vs Bichon Frise

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

Health Issues
The Poodle 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.
Health Problems Addison's Disease Allergies Bloat Canine Atrial Septal Defect (asd) Cataracts Cushing's Syndrome Ear Infections Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Legg-perthes Disease Neonatal Encephalopathy (news) Optic Nerve Hypoplasia Patellar Luxation Premature Graying Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Runny Eyes Sebaceous Adenitis Von Willebrand's Disease Allergies Bladder Stones Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Cataracts Patellar Luxation Vaccination Sensitivity
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes
Energy Level
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 3 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
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Poodle has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Poodle 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 2-4 puppies 2-5 puppies

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