Bichon Frise vs Yorkshire Terrier

Compare the Bichon Frise to the Yorkshire Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Bichon Frise and Yorkshire Terriers.

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 Yorkshire Terrier is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - The Bichon Frise is very child friendly. The Yorkshire Terrier does okay around kids, but is not as tolerant as the Bichon Frise.
  • Grooming - Both breeds require very high amounts of grooming.
  • Barking - The Yorkshire Terrier has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Bichon Frise is an average barker.
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Bichon Frise vs Yorkshire Terrier
Bichon Frise Dog Breed
Black & Tan Yorkshire Terrier
Breed NameBichon FriseYorkshire Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height9-11 in.8-9 in.
Weight7-12 lb4-7 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountrySpainUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1300 AD1865 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • 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/HowlsAverageOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMedium-HighMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumLow
Top Running Speed15 mph11 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighHigh
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 FriseYorkshire Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageVery Low
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageVery Low
ChasingBelow AverageVery Low
Follow CommandsAverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageVery Low
GuardingBelow AverageVery Low
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionBelow AverageVery Low
Remove VerminBelow AverageHigh
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchBelow AverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBichon FriseYorkshire Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
Bladder StonesYesNo
Collapsed TracheaNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HypoglycemiaNoYes
Juvenile CataractsYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Portosystemic Liver ShuntNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Reverse SneezingNoYes
Vaccination SensitivityYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBichon FriseYorkshire Terrier
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
WavyYesNo
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
WhiteYesNo
White & ApricotYesNo
White & BuffYesNo
White & CreamYesNo
Black & GoldNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
Blue & GoldNoYes
Blue & TanNoYes
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