The Bichon Frise originated in the Canary Islands but it was in France that the breed came into its own as favored companions. There the aristocracy lavished them with love and affection and after the revolution the “commoners” did the same.
Thanks to its sweet face and fluffy white coat, one can’t help but adore the little Bichon. Thankfully, it has the temperament and personality to match it’s looks, being friendly, affectionate and utterly devoted.
Because they’re such cute and friendly dogs, you don’t see many Bichon Frise in shelters or breed-specific rescue organisations, but some are still surrendered. Instead of buying puppies from registered breeders, why not adopt an older puppy or adult dog from an organisation like Bichon Frise Rescue, Northern and Midland Bichon Frise Club Rescue and Bichon Friends?
Bichon Frise Facts & Information
Group: The Bichon Frise belongs to the toy or companion group of dog breeds.
Life expectancy: 13 – 16 years
Size: Small. Height: 11 – 12 in. Weight: 7 – 12 lb.
Temperament: Lively, friendly, sociable, playful, affectionate and loyal.
Exercise: Bichon Frise don’t have major exercise needs; a short walk a day and regular play will suffice. Training is a great way to provide physical and mental stimulation. They pick up tricks very quickly and there is nothing cuter than a performing Bichon. Just make sure you use only positive reinforcement methods, otherwise you’ll send your Bichon back into her shell.
General care: Bichon Frise have a fluffy white coat which requires regular grooming, such as daily brushing and monthly trimming. Fortunately, they don’t shed much, so you don’t have to worry about white hairs all over your furniture and clothes.
Health concerns: Bichon Frise are hardy little things who tend to enjoy good general health.
You might want to watch out for a few problems though, including cataracts, cancer (lung and liver), skin allergies and ear infections. Pet dog insurance will help you cover any unexpected medical emergencies and other health problems.
Bichon Frise make wonderful family dogs thanks to their friendly, social temperament which sees them getting along well with children and other pets in the household. Puppy training and socialization are important to help Bichon Frise come out of their shells. They love human companionship, so if you’re prepared to make your dog a fully-fledged family member, taking her with you wherever you go, the rewards will be exponential.