With roots in the Mediterranean, the Bichon Frise belongs to a family of dogs called Barbichons. This adorable small dog looks like a child’s toy coupled with a love for mischief. Sometimes mistaken for a white Poodle, the Bichon is a hardy dog with an arched neck and well-plumed tail.
The Bichon Frise is recognised as hypoallergenic because they don’t shed like other breeds. The Bichon Frise has a small stature, and winning personality that quickly brings a smile to anyone’s face.
General Characteristic List
|Weight Range:||Male: 11 to 16 lb
Female: 10 to 15 lb
|Height at Withers:||Male and Female: 9 to 12 inches|
|Unique Features:||Baby doll face and fluffy white coat|
|Exercise Requirements:||20 to 40 minutes per day|
|Life Expectancy:||12 to 15 years|
|The tendency to Drool:||Low|
|The tendency to Snore:||Low|
|The tendency to Dig:||Low|
|Coat Colours:||White with shadings of cream, buff or apricot|
|Overall, Grooming Needs:||High|
Bichon Frise – Personality
Bichons are perky and bouncy little dogs. They are friendly and enjoy the company of other pets and children. These pups will tolerate any racket associated with kids, but handling under adult supervision is necessary because of their size.
These affectionate dogs are playful and eager to cuddle. They have a cheerful attitude and love to be the centre of attention. Even though they have an independent streak, they do not like to be left alone and may suffer from separation anxiety. Families that are rarely at home are not ideal for this breed.
Bichon Frise in the home
Bichons are active dogs. They are comfortable with apartment living and don’t need a yard as long as they get their regular walks, exercise and play. To prevent behaviour like chewing and tearing up things, Bichons may need to be left in a dog crate when left alone in the home.
Bichons are tiny and adorable. It is easy to see how a person can be overprotective over them. Bichons under such care can become shy and fearful. It is better to have a Bichon Frise that is confident enough to cope in all social situations.
Bichons are highly intelligent and responsive. They catch on quick and do well in obedience training. They can learn to perform tricks and participate in some canine sports. Training needs to be firm and gentle. Scolding these little pups can break their hearts and put a strain on the bonding process. I recommend crate training for housetraining.
Like other dog breeds, Bichons are predisposed to developing certain health conditions. Bladder stones and infections are common. It is important to use therapeutic diets and increase the dogs’ water intake to prevent and control this condition. Other concerns include contact and food allergies, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, juvenile cataracts and sensitivity to routine vaccinations. Regular brushing of the teeth is essential because Bichons experience early loss of teeth and gum infections.