Bichon Frise vs Havanese

Compare the Bichon Frise to the Havanese. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Bichon Frises and Havaneses.

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 Havanese is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Bichon Frise and Havanese are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have high grooming requirements, but the Havanese is slightly easier to groom between the two.
  • Barking - Both the Bichon Frise and Havanese are average barkers.
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Bichon Frise vs Havanese
Bichon Frise Dog Breed
Havanese Dog Breed
Breed NameBichon FriseHavanese
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height9-11 in.8-11 in.
Weight7-12 lb7-13 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountrySpainCuba
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
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹50°F to 75°F50°F to 75°F
Barks/HowlsAverageBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMedium-HighHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed15 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighMedium
SheddingNoneNone-Low
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 FriseHavanese
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 AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageVery Low
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingAverageBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchBelow AverageVery Low
Health Comparison
Breed NameBichon FriseHavanese
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
Bladder StonesYesNo
CataractsNoYes
ChondrodysplasiaNoYes
DeafnessNoYes
Elbow DysplasiaNoYes
Heart MurmursNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
Juvenile CataractsYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Mitral Valve DiseaseNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Portosystemic Liver ShuntNoYes
Vaccination SensitivityYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBichon FriseHavanese
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesYes
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
WhiteYesYes
White & ApricotYesNo
White & BuffYesNo
White & CreamYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black & SilverNoYes
Black & Silver BrindleNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
Black & Tan BrindleNoYes
Black BrindleNoYes
BlueNoYes
Blue BrindleNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
Chocolate BrindleNoYes
Chocolate SableNoYes
CreamNoYes
FawnNoYes
Fawn BrindleNoYes
Fawn SableNoYes
GoldNoYes
Gold BrindleNoYes
Gold SableNoYes
RedNoYes
Red BrindleNoYes
Red SableNoYes
SilverNoYes
Silver BrindleNoYes
Silver SableNoYes
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