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Bichon Frise Information

Description

Bichon Frises are small dogs weighing from seven to ten pounds and approximately nine to twelve inches high.  The loosely curled, double outer coat of the Bichon Frise is very coarse, dense, and curly, while the undercoat is dense, fine, silky and soft, giving the dogs a marshmallow or a powderpuff look.  Although white, around the ears on some Bichon Frise are shades of cream, buff, or apricot.  They have drop ears covered in feathery, long fur.  Bichon Frise eyes are dark brown or black and their lips and nose are always black.  Shorter than it is long, the Bichon has a well-developed chest and curved tail going over its back.

Temperament

The Bichon Frise is a wonderful, affectionate, lively, gentle, charming little dog that are great family pets and love human company.  They have an independent spirit, are bold, self-assured, bright, intelligent, and easy to train.  Sociable by nature, they are not yappy; love everyone, and happiest going everywhere with their human family.  Excellent with dogs, children, and other pets, Bichon Frise love performing tricks and make good watchdogs.  Although obedient, they sometimes require patience while housebreaking them.

Grooming & Shedding

The Bichon Frise coat requires combing and brushing four or five times weekly, regular maintenance and bathing every month, to keep its coat bright white.  Extensive cleaning is required around the Bichon Frise eyes to prevent staining.  It may be necessary to use blunt scissors to trim around the ears and eyes.  A Bichon Frise does not shed, so they are a great dog for anyone that suffers from allergies.  Because they do not shed, they do require trimming and clipping every couple of months. 

History

It is believed that the Bichon Frise, separated into the Bichon Maltais, Bichon Havanais, and Bichon Bolognais, originated in the Mediterranean area and used by bartering sailors.  In the thirteen hundreds, the Bichon Frise became very popular with Italian nobility.  Appearing in the fourteenth century, the Bichon Frise was a cross between a poodle and a barbet water spaniel.  Traded by the Spanish in the sixteenth century, the Bichon Frise was a favorite in the French royal courts.  In the late 1800s while Napoleon III was in power, there was a renewed interest in this breed.  In 1956 in the United States, the first domestic litter of Bichon Frise was born.           

Health Issues

  • Major Concerns: patellar luxation
  • Minor Concerns: cataracts, early tooth loss
  • Occasionally seen: epilepsy, skin infections
  • Suggested tests: knee and eye

Characteristics

Height

Males 9-12 inches (23-30cm)

Females 9-11 inches (23-28cm)

Weight

7-12 pounds (3-5kg)

Lifespan

12-15 years

Exercise

Medium

Apartment

Yes

Families

Yes

Young Children

Yes

Need exercise space

No – with regular walks


 

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