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

"Find similarities and differences between Whippet vs Bichon Frise" Compare Whippet and Bichon Frise. Which is better: Whippet or Bichon Frise?
Name Whippet Bichon Frise
OriginsEngland Spain Belgium
Group Hunting Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank6146
Reviews14
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Other Names English Whippet, Snap Dog 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 1888 as a Hound breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sighthounds group, in the Short-haired Sighthounds section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale 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 $800-$1200 $700-$1000

General Appearance - Whippet vs Bichon Frise

Size Medium Small
Weight 25 - 45 pounds (11 - 21 kg) 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg)
Avg. Weight 25 - 45 pounds (11 - 21 kg) 10 pounds (4.5 kg)
Height Male: 18.5-20 inches (46-51 cm), Female: 17.5-19 inches (44-48 cm) Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 19 inches (48.5 cm), Female: 18 inches (45.5 cm) Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Whippet vs Bichon Frise

Coat Fine Short Close in texture Curly
Colors Cream Red Blue Fawn White Black White Apricot Buff Cream
Grooming
Effortless: The Whippet requires minimal grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Whippets are low shedders.
Bichon Frises are low shedders.

Characteristics - Whippet vs Bichon Frise

Temperament Affectionate Gentle Lively Friendly Intelligent Quiet Outright Adaptable Companionable Affectionate Playful Sensitive Cheerful Gentle Intelligent
Intelligent Rank
Average: Whippet's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Whippets are easy to train.
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Whippets, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Bichon Frise is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Whippets don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Whippets are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Bichon Frises are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Whippets need for social interaction is average.
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low: The Whippet barks none to minimal.
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Whippets are average watchdogs.
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Whippets can't provide protection for their territory.
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Whippet has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Whippets 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
Wanderlust potential of the Whippet is strong enough to escape from home.
Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Whippets have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Bichon Frises don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Whippets are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Whippets 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
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.
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 - Whippet vs Bichon Frise

Stranger Friendly
Whippets are average friendly towards strangers.
Bichon Frises are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Whippets are kid-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Whippets are not cat-friendly dogs.
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Whippets are average friendly towards other dogs.
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Whippet is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Bichon Frise is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Whippets are usually recommended for elderly people.
Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Whippets do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Bichon Frises are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Whippets 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 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.
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 Not really
Whippet breed usually doesn't like 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 - Whippet vs Bichon Frise

Health Issues
The Whippet 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 Arthritis Deafness Drug Sensitivity Heart Murmurs Heart Problems Hypothyroidism Kidney Issues Vaccination Sensitivity Von Willebrand's Disease Allergies Bladder Stones Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Cataracts Patellar Luxation Vaccination Sensitivity
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes
Energy Level
Whippets are high energy dogs.
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Whippets have an average exercise need.
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Whippets don't need too much sleep.
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 2 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
Low.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Low
The Whippet has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Whippet is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Whippet 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 4-8 puppies 2-5 puppies

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