Bichon Frise vs Pomeranian

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

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 Pomeranian is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - The Bichon Frise is very child friendly. The Pomeranian does okay around kids, but is not as tolerant as the Bichon Frise.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have high grooming requirements, but the Pomeranian is slightly easier to groom between the two.
  • Barking - The Pomeranian bark/howls frequently. The Bichon Frise has an average level of barking.
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Bichon Frise vs Pomeranian
Bichon Frise Dog Breed
Red Pomeranian Dog
Breed NameBichon FrisePomeranian
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Height9-11 in.7-12 in.
Weight7-12 lb3-7 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountrySpainGermany
Origin Year1300 AD1500 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • 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/HowlsAverageVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMedium-HighHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumLow
Top Running Speed15 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighMedium
SheddingNoneMedium
DanderNoneMedium
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 FrisePomeranian
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
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 AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingAverageBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchBelow AverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameBichon FrisePomeranian
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesYes
Bladder StonesYesNo
CataractsNoYes
Collapsed TracheaNoYes
Dry EyeNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Heat IntoleranceNoYes
HeatstrokeNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismNoYes
Juvenile CataractsYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Patent Ductus ArteriosisNoYes
SeizuresNoYes
Vaccination SensitivityYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBichon FrisePomeranian
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesNo
SilkyNoYes
WoolyNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
WhiteYesYes
White & ApricotYesNo
White & BuffYesNo
White & CreamYesNo
BeaverNoYes
Beaver SableNoYes
BlackNoYes
Black & BrindleNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
BlueNoYes
Blue & TanNoYes
Blue BrindleNoYes
Blue MerleNoYes
Blue SableNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
Chocolate & TanNoYes
Chocolate MerleNoYes
Chocolate SableNoYes
CreamNoYes
Cream SableNoYes
OrangeNoYes
Orange SableNoYes
RedNoYes
Red SableNoYes
Tri-coloredNoYes
Wolf SableNoYes
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