Poodles are larger than bichons. Standard poodles can weigh up to 70 lbs while bichons are under 20 lbs.
Poodles have curly coats while the bichon frise coat is softly curled. Bichons are low shedding but poodles are non-shedding.
Both breeds require extensive grooming. Poodles need clipping and trimming every 4-6 weeks while bichons need brushing 2-3 times per week.
Poodles are very intelligent, eager to please, and energetic. Bichons are playful, cheerful, and gentle.
Poodles are highly trainable and excel at obedience. Bichons can be more stubborn and challenging to train.
Poodles need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. Bichons have more moderate exercise needs.
Both poodles and bichons make excellent family dogs. Poodles do well with active families while bichons prefer calmer homes.