Bichon Frise vs Biewer Terrier

Compare the Bichon Frise to the Biewer Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Bichon Frise and Biewer Terriers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the Biewer Terrier is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - The Bichon Frise is very child friendly. The Biewer Terrier does okay around kids, but is not as tolerant as the Bichon Frise.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have high grooming requirements, but the Biewer Terrier is slightly easier to groom between the two.
  • Barking - The Biewer Terrier has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Bichon Frise is an average barker.
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Bichon Frise vs Biewer Terrier
Bichon Frise Dog Breed
Black, Tan, & White Biewer Terrier
Breed NameBichon FriseBiewer Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height9-11 in.8-8 in.
Weight7-12 lb4-8 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountrySpainGermany
Origin Year1300 AD1984 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹50°F to 75°F50°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsAverageOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMedium-HighMedium-High
Exercise RequiredMediumLow
Top Running Speed15 mph14 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighHigh
SheddingNoneNone-Low
DanderNoneNone-Low
Drool AmountNoneNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameBichon FriseBiewer Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageVery Low
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageVery Low
FightingBelow AverageVery Low
GuardingBelow AverageAverage
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingAverageBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageVery Low
Remove VerminBelow AverageHigh
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchBelow AverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBichon FriseBiewer Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
Bladder StonesYesNo
Collapsed TracheaNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HypoglycemiaNoYes
Juvenile CataractsYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Sensitive StomachNoYes
Vaccination SensitivityYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBichon FriseBiewer Terrier
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesNo
SilkyNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
WhiteYesNo
White & ApricotYesNo
White & BuffYesNo
White & CreamYesNo
Black, Tan&whiteNoYes
Blue, Tan&whiteNoYes
Chocolate, Tan&whiteNoYes
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