Bichon Frise vs Brussels Griffon

Compare the Bichon Frise to the Brussels Griffon. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Bichon Frise and Brussel Griffons.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Bichon Frise is a good choice for new owners. The Brussels Griffon is strongly discouraged for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - The Bichon Frise is very child friendly. The Brussels Griffon does okay around kids, but is not as tolerant as the Bichon Frise.
  • Grooming - The Brussels Griffon is very easy to groom. The Bichon Frise has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Brussels Griffon bark/howls frequently. The Bichon Frise has an average level of barking.
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Bichon Frise vs Brussels Griffon
Bichon Frise Dog Breed
Wheaten Brussels Griffon
Breed NameBichon FriseBrussels Griffon
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height9-11 in.7-8 in.
Weight7-12 lb7-12 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountrySpainBelgium
Origin Year1300 AD1880 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodAverage
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodAverage
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
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹50°F to 75°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsAverageVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMedium-HighHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed15 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighMedium-High
SheddingNoneLow
DanderNoneLow
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 FriseBrussels Griffon
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageVery Low
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingAverageVery Low
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageHigh
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchBelow AverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBichon FriseBrussels Griffon
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesYes
Bladder StonesYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
Juvenile CataractsYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Vaccination SensitivityYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBichon FriseBrussels Griffon
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesNo
RoughNoYes
ScruffyNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesNo
ShortNoYes
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
WhiteYesNo
White & ApricotYesNo
White & BuffYesNo
White & CreamYesNo
BelgeNoYes
BlackNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
BrownNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
RedNoYes
TanNoYes
WheatenNoYes
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