Bichon Frise - Breed Profile

Bichon Frise – Breed ProfileBichon Frise – Breed Profile

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise - Breed Profile

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



Classification: Non-sporting
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
Energy Level: Moderate
Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years
The tendency to Drool: Low
The tendency to Snore: Low
The tendency to Dig: Low
Social/Attention Needs: High
Bred For: Companion
Coat Length: Medium
Coat Characteristics: Curly
Coat Colours: White with shadings of cream, buff or apricot
Overall, Grooming Needs: High
Garden Requirements: No
Prevalence: Common



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 homeBichon Frise

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.



14 thoughts on “Bichon Frise – Breed Profile”

  1. Christine says:

    Hi there,

    The Bichon Frise is such a cute and adorable breed! I have a small dog, but she is a mix, he rname is Lucy. It could be Poodle, Maltese, and Bichon, who knows. She certainly has some characteristics of the Bichon Frise. She is absolutely amazing with children, and also with adults, dogs, and cats. She is incredibly friendly and social, and everyone who meets her just loves her and often asks about her when I run into them again later 😉 

    Small dogs like the Bichon Frise can live a long life, 13,14 years, like you mention in the article. My dog, Lucy, is now 14, and in great shape. 

    1. Nic Castle says:

      They make a friendly sociable dog and are good in families

  2. Meme says:

    So cute. I am in love with these dogs and this page. I haven’t been fortunate with pets in the past. And I unable to care for 1 at this present time but one day when I’m an old lady and retire I’ll consider this breed. Very adorable great information. 

  3. Linda Cooper says:

    These dogs are very cute, funny and quick to learn I agree. They can behave like a small child in the way they seek attention, looking for mischief when they don’t have the attention they want.

    My step mother has one, she is 82 and finds him easier to manage than the large dogs she had previously. She finds him great company and an easy walker. 
    I did not know about the possible health problems but personally would think it worth the risk as they are such lovely companions.

    I enjoyed the post, thank you for the information, it’s good to learn more about these cute dogs.

    1. Nic Castle says:

      Thank you for your comment

  4. Lucas Moore says:

     It doesn’t take long to realize that the Bichon can be your happiest and
      most enthusiastic companion. They’re super playful and intelligent, and
      even novice pet parents and apartment dwellers will get along great
     with these dogs. However, they do need plenty of playtime and activity,
     and they don’t care for being left home alone for long hours of the day thank you for this informative article.

    1. Nic Castle says:

      The Bichon Frise is a dog with a great character and makes a great family pet. Thank you for your posts.

  5. Ann says:

    I’m glad I found your site because during these quarantine days we have been looking forward to having a dog in the house. My child has been wanting one for a long time and my husband also enjoys having pets but I had not been very convinced up till this point. I really would like an adorable small dog and a Bichon Frise would be so cute. I liked what I read about him in this post.

    1. Nic Castle says:

      They are a lovely breed, you can have them groomed so they look like a cute fluff ball or some people clip them to keep their coat manageable.

  6. Md. Asraful Islam says:

    Thank you so much for sharing with us a wonderful and informative article. The main theme of this article is about Bichon Frise – Breed Profile. It is truly incredible that you have illustrated this topic so well in your article. I have learned a lot by reading your article and gained a lot of knowledge about it. Of the points mentioned in your article, I like Training. I also have a pet dog that has been trained. In this case, of course, I have given him training in the crate for house training.

    1. Nic Castle says:

      Thank you for your comment. Crate training is a useful thing to train your dog with. both for you and your dog

  7. Joe Francis says:


    A lovely; straight to the point review; The article based on the ‘Bishon Frise’ Dog Beed Profile; These dogs are cute looking there’s no doubt; With their baby faces (with the male dog, not being much more heavier than the female);
    Their personality seems to fit mine; Though, I would be scared of the vet fees, from what I read; I would have like to have known; How much these dogs cost; out of curiosity?. (I would like you to put more dog breeds)
    An excellent; short and sweet read!

    Thanks again.

    1. Nic Castle says:

      Thanks for your comment. It is difficult to say what the dogs cost as it varies from country to country and even different regions of that country.

  8. Kingsking says:

    Hello there!

    I feel quite excited to come across this interesting article. It is no doubt an educative one. And I just learnt more about dogs after reading through that article. I’ve briefly heard about the Bichon Frise before but i had only little knowledge of it. However, now i can say I know a lot about the Bichon Frise after reading the article.


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