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Bichon Frise vs Toy Poodle vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Bichon Frise vs Toy Poodle vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel" Compare Bichon Frise and Toy Poodle. Which is better: Bichon Frise or Toy Poodle or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
Name Bichon Frise Toy Poodle Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
OriginsSpain Belgium Germany France England
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank4644919
Reviews413
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Other Names Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Teacup Poodle, French Poodle, Pudle, Teddy Poodle Cav, Cavalier, Cavie
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Non-Sporting breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1995 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the English Toy Spaniels section.
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 The Bichon Frise Club Of America Dog Registry of America 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
Price $700-$1000 1000-1500 $1200-$1500

General Appearance - Bichon Frise vs Toy Poodle vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Size Small Small Small
Weight 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) Male: 6-9 pounds (3-4 kg) 10-18 pounds (5-8 kg)
Avg. Weight 10 pounds (4.5 kg) Male: 7.5 pounds (3.5 kg) 14 pounds (6.5 kg)
Height Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm) Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm) 12-13 inches (30-33 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm) Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm) 12.5 inches (31.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Bichon Frise vs Toy Poodle vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Coat Curly Dense Curly Thick Feathered
Colors White Apricot Buff Cream Apricot Black Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige Tan Blenheim Tricolor Ruby
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.
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Bichon Frises are low shedders.
Toy Poodles shed none to minimal.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed above average.

Characteristics - Bichon Frise vs Toy Poodle vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Temperament Affectionate Playful Sensitive Cheerful Gentle Intelligent Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable Affectionate Courageous Intelligent Cheerful Gentle Social Polite Quiet Active Graceful Fearless Friendly Nonaggressive Sporty No tendency towards nervousness
Intelligent Rank
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence.
Outstanding: Toy Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train.
Toy Poodles are very easy to train.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Bichon Frise is a playful breed.
The Toy Poodle is a playful breed.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Bichon Frises are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Toy Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction.
Toy Poodles are a social breed.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally.
Average to high: The Toy Poodle is a vocal breed.
Average: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs.
Toy Poodles are good watchdogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.
Toy Poodles are average defenders.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Toy Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Bichon Frises have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Toy Poodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential.
Toy Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Bichon Frises don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Toy Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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
Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Toy Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Bichon Frises tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Toy Poodles 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.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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 - Bichon Frise vs Toy Poodle vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Stranger Friendly
Bichon Frises are very stranger friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Bichon Frise is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Toy Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
Toy Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Bichon Frises are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Toy Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Bichon Frises are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Toy Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 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 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
Bichon Frise breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Toy Poodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 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 - Bichon Frise vs Toy Poodle vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Health Issues
The Bichon Frise is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Toy Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Allergies Bladder Stones Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Cataracts Patellar Luxation Vaccination Sensitivity Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia Canine Diabetes Mellitus Ear Infections Epilepsy Heart Murmurs Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Skin Allergies Slipped Stifle Dry Eye Episodic Falling Syndrome Hip Dysplasia Mitral Valve Disease Patellar Luxation Syringomyelia
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 14-16 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes No
Energy Level
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Toy Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal.
Toy Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Toy Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Toy Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
High
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Toy Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Bichon Frise vs Toy Poodle vs Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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 2-4 puppies 3-5 puppies

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