Bichon Frise vs Chinese Crested

Compare the Bichon Frise to the Chinese Crested. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Bichon Frise and Chinese Cresteds.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Bichon Frise and Chinese Crested are good choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Bichon Frise and Chinese Crested are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Chinese Crested requires moderate grooming, The Bichon Frise has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Chinese Crested has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Bichon Frise is an average barker.
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Bichon Frise vs Chinese Crested
Bichon Frise Dog Breed
White Chinese Crested
Breed NameBichon FriseChinese Crested
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.13-15 yrs.
Height9-11 in.10-13 in.
Weight7-12 lb5-12 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountrySpainChina
Origin Year1300 AD1800 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • 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°F60°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsAverageOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMedium-HighMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumLow
Top Running Speed15 mph16 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 FriseChinese Crested
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsAverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageVery Low
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageHigh
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchBelow AverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameBichon FriseChinese Crested
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.13-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
Bladder StonesYesNo
DeafnessNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
GlaucomaNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Juvenile CataractsYesNo
Lens LuxationNoYes
Loose TeethNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Vaccination SensitivityYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBichon FriseChinese Crested
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
BaldNoYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesNo
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesNo
Bald/HairlessNoYes
Coat Color(s)
WhiteYesYes
White & ApricotYesNo
White & BuffYesNo
White & CreamYesNo
ApricotNoYes
BlackNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
Black & WhiteNoYes
Black, White, & TanNoYes
BlueNoYes
BrownNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
CreamNoYes
PalominoNoYes
PinkNoYes
Pink & ChocolateNoYes
Pink & SlateNoYes
RedNoYes
SableNoYes
SilverNoYes
SlateNoYes
White & ChocolateNoYes
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