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Bichon Frisé

Bichon Frise Dog Breed Information

Size 9-12 in (23-30 cm)
Weight 11-22 lb (5-10 kg)
Origin Canaries
Color White
Lifespan 10-12 years
Suitable As Family dogs and companion dogs
Personality Happy, charming, alert, cheerful, playful
Exercise Exercise Needs
Drooling Amount of Drooling
Shedding Amount of Shedding
Grooming Grooming Needs

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Bichon Frisé Breed Characteristics

The Bichon Frise is a very happy dog that will charm anyone and everyone with their personality, even the neighbors. It is very playful and affectionate, and loooves to cuddle. Its favorite thing to do is spend all day long with its people, and it always has but one goal: to make its master smile. So the Bichon Frise really doesn’t like to be left alone a lot. It will start to bark and chew/destroy things. It is so friendly and polite that it gets on with other pets and dogs wonderfully. No wonder that the Bichon Frise is one of the most popular dog breeds.

Bichon Frisé Discipline and Training

The Bichon isn’t just a lap dog. They’re very intelligent and give it their all when they’re shown tricks. They like to learn, and do so quickly. They also enjoy agility. Bichon Frises are easy-going dogs. If you make a bit of effort with training and read a book, you won’t struggle to train a Bichon Frise well. Dog training classes are, of course, always best - your dog will come into contact with other dogs here, which is especially important during those puppy months.

Bichon Frisé Pros

  • Small and easy to carry
  • Possibly suitable for people with allergies
  • Gets on well with other pets and dogs
  • Will be fine in an apartment
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Easy to train
  • Doesn’t shed a lot

Bichon Frisé Cons

  • Has lots of energy
  • Lots of grooming required
  • Anxious when left alone
  • Needs good training and socialization

Bichon Frise in the garden Bichon Frise in the garden - Photo: Vladimir Nenezic/Shutterstock

Bichon Frisé Fur Care

If you’d like a Bichon Frise, you must understand the following: their fur needs a lot of care and attention. A Bichon Frise must be brushed almost every day. If not, its fur can become matted, allowing skin infections to develop. It must be cut on a regular basis, too.

Bichon Frisé Health

There are a few illnesses that commonly affect a Bichon Frise but they generally live long, healthy lives. The oldest Bichon Frise in the world lived to be 19 years old.

Bichon Frisé Appearance

The Bichon Frise looks like a compact little package, and is as soft as cotton wool. Its fur is made up of a thick undercoat and a silky, curly topcoat that stands out up to 10cm from the body. Its eyes are just as lovely, meaning any dog lover is sure to melt.

Bichon Frise Bichon Frise - Photo: Vasilyev Alexandr/Shutterstock

Bichon Frisé History and Origin

The Bichon Frise actually originated in the Mediterranean and is descended from the Barbet (a water dog). Italian seafarers discovered the dog on Tenerife and took it with them to the mainland. In around 1500, the dog was “adopted” by the French and bred to create the breed we know now. However, it was only officially registered with the French Kennel Club in 1934. The name “Bichon Frise” comes from the French. “Bichon” means lapdog, and “frisé” means curly. So, it’s a curly lapdog. If the shoe fits!

Did You Know?

The Bichon Frise is one of the few dog breeds that can be tolerated by people with a dog allergy.

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Bichon Frise taking a nap Bichon Frise taking a nap - Photo: Vladimir Nenezic/Shutterstock

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