Bichon Frise vs Italian Greyhound

Compare the Bichon Frise to the Italian Greyhound. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Bichon Frise and Italian Greyhounds.

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 Italian Greyhound is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Bichon Frise and Italian Greyhound are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Italian Greyhound is very easy to groom. The Bichon Frise has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Italian Greyhound has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Bichon Frise is an average barker.
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Bichon Frise vs Italian Greyhound
Bichon Frise Dog Breed
Blue & Fawn Italian Greyhound
Breed NameBichon FriseItalian Greyhound
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height9-11 in.13-15 in.
Weight7-12 lb7-14 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountrySpainTurkey
Origin Year1300 AD1000 BC
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
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
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 RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed15 mph25 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighLow
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 FriseItalian Greyhound
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageHigh
Follow CommandsAverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingAverageHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageAverage
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchBelow AverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameBichon FriseItalian Greyhound
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
AlopeciaNoYes
Bladder StonesYesNo
Drug SensitivityNoYes
Eye ProblemsNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
Juvenile CataractsYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Thyroid ProblemsNoYes
Vaccination SensitivityYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBichon FriseItalian Greyhound
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesNo
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesNo
ShortNoYes
Coat Color(s)
WhiteYesYes
White & ApricotYesNo
White & BuffYesNo
White & CreamYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
BlueNoYes
Blue & FawnNoYes
Blue & TanNoYes
BrindleNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
CreamNoYes
FawnNoYes
RedNoYes
Red & FawnNoYes
SableNoYes
SealNoYes
White & BlackNoYes
White & BlueNoYes
White & FawnNoYes
White & RedNoYes
White & SableNoYes
White & SealNoYes
White, Blue, & FawnNoYes
White, Red, & FawnNoYes