Cheerful, Enthusiastic, Trainable
The Bichon Frise is a small companion breed originating in the Mediterranian. Hence they became popular with French royalty.
They have a smart, playful personality and are born for cuddling.With that being said they look like toy animals! And especially a great family dog who will get along with children, the elderly, and other family pets. Given these points, they love being loved and giving love.
On the whole, they are natural show-offs who love to learn tricks and respond quickly to positive training. However, the Bichon is known to be difficult to housetrain and suffers from separation anxiety, in any case, crate training is necessary. Nonetheless, they are alert and protective of their families, making great watchdogs.
For more on the breed check out the American Kennel Club.
The life expectancy of the breed is 12-18 years.
Size & Activity Level
The Bichon Frise is a small dog ranging in size from 7-15 pounds. Despite their small size, they’re members of the Non-Sporting Group.
Requiring low activity, this breed is satisfied with a walk and some play time. To prevent destructive behavior, don’t leave your Bichon alone for long periods of time. Be prepared for the “Bichon Buzz” when as your sweet little guy will do the Indy 500 throughout the house.
For these reasons, Bichon does well in small apartments or large country spaces. To prevent destructive behavior, don’t leave your Bichon alone for long periods of time.
Care & Grooming
The Bichon Frise has a white, “powder puff” non-shedding coat, requiring daily attention. Subsequently they a high maintenance groomers dream. Most owners prefer professional groomers since they look best in a teddy bear cut. Their double coat needs frequent brushing to prevent matting. Bathing with white shampoo will help to keep the coat shiny and bright. Keeping eye areas clean will prevent tear staining. Nails and ears must also be addressed regularly.