Bichon Frise vs Japanese Chin

Compare the Bichon Frise to the Japanese Chin. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Bichon Frise and Japanese Chins.

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 Japanese Chin is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Bichon Frise is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Japanese Chin is easy to groom. The Bichon Frise has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Japanese Chin has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Bichon Frise is an average barker.
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Bichon Frise vs Japanese Chin
Bichon Frise Dog Breed
Lemon & White Japanese Chin
Breed NameBichon FriseJapanese Chin
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height9-11 in.8-11 in.
Weight7-12 lb4-9 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountrySpainChina
Origin Year1300 AD700 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodGood
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
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
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹50°F to 75°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsAverageOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMedium-HighMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumLow-Medium
Top Running Speed15 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighLow
SheddingNoneLow-Medium
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 FriseJapanese Chin
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageVery Low
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageVery Low
ChasingBelow AverageVery Low
Follow CommandsAverageVery Low
FightingBelow AverageVery Low
GuardingBelow AverageVery Low
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingAverageVery Low
ProtectionBelow AverageVery Low
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchBelow AverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBichon FriseJapanese Chin
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
Bladder StonesYesNo
CataractsNoYes
EntropionNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Eye ProblemsNoYes
Heart DiseaseNoYes
Heart MurmursNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HypothyroidismNoYes
Juvenile CataractsYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Vaccination SensitivityYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBichon FriseJapanese Chin
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesNo
SilkyNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
WhiteYesNo
White & ApricotYesNo
White & BuffYesNo
White & CreamYesNo
Black & WhiteNoYes
Black, White, & TanNoYes
Lemon & WhiteNoYes
Red & WhiteNoYes
Sable & WhiteNoYes
White & BlackNoYes
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