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Bichon Frise

Cheerful, playful and charming

About the Bichon Frise

Perky and cheerful, the Bichon Frise is one of the dog world’s most popular companion breeds. Their all-white powder puff coat gives them the appearance of a small white teddy bear.

The curious and alert Bichon Frise tends to be easygoing even with first-time dog owners. They’re happy and playful with their family, though they can tend to be a little clingy, especially after being left alone for a long time.

Bichons are also smart and sensitive, and excel at knowing what their owner is feeling. They seem to have a great sense of humour and love to make people laugh. They can be trained to be therapy dogs due to their gentle nature and pleasing disposition.

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Bichon Frise Breed Characteristics

23 to 28 cm at the shoulder

9 to 15 pounds

Life Expectancy
12 to 15 years

Coat Colours

Here are some of the qualities you can expect from the Bichon Frise, rated from one to five stars. However, all dogs are individuals, and your Bichon Frise may not display exactly the same characteristics.

Family Life
Friendly with Kids
Friendly with Dogs
Ease of Grooming
Exercise Needs
Prey Drive
Tendency to Bark or Howl
Good for Novice Owners
Apartment Living

Bichon Frise Breed History

No one knows exactly when the Bichon Frise breed was created. There are those who say that the Bichon is descended from a woolly water dog called the Barbet. What we do know is that the Bichon Frise originates from the Mediterranean, more specifically the island of Tenerife.

The breed is part of the Barbichon family of dogs, which includes the Maltese, Havanese and Bolognese. These dogs were generally named for their region of origin. The Bichon Frise was previously known as the Bichon Tenerife. These breeds were associated with royalty and nobles, and were popular court dogs.

Almost all members of the Barbichon breeds went through a period of decline in the 19th century. Court dogs were going out of fashion at the turn of the 20th century, and the Bichon Frise itself almost went extinct.

Thankfully, the breed has now recovered, and the qualities that made them popular court dogs also make them excellent family pets.

Caring For a Bichon Frise

How to Choose a Responsible Bichon Frise Breeder

As a pet owner, you want to give your Bichon Frise puppy the best life possible. That starts by choosing a responsible Bichon Frise breeder. Breeders with the best knowledge of how to raise their dogs will be able to produce healthy and even-tempered puppies. It’s even better if they are part of a breeding organisation and are accountable for their breeding practices.

When looking for a Bichon Frise for sale, visit your breeder if you can afford to do so. This will give you an opportunity to meet the puppy and the puppy’s parents – allowing you to gauge the temperament of the dogs in person.

Bichon Frise FAQ

No. A Bichon puppy needs to be around people throughout the day, as they tend to become poorly behaved when they don’t get enough mental and physical stimulation. They thrive on contact with humans.

Yes, Bichons are generally considered to be hypoallergenic as their double coat traps shed hair and dander. However, if you suffer from dog allergies, it’s still best to visit and spend time with a Bichon before committing to buying one.

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The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.

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