Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise Overview

This is a gentle natured dog breed that originated in the 13th century. The Bichon Frise is versatile, hardy, and intelligent. This breed was a favorite with French Royalty and today enjoys popularity as a companion pet and show dog.

Bichon Frise Characteristics

This dog breed is lively and active. They adore being part of the family. Their cheerful attitude is a true measure of this breed. They love to play, but is not hyperactive. They thrive on constant human interaction. The Bichon Frise is a delightful and amusing companion.

Bichon Frise Temperament

This dog breed is has an extremely appealing nature. They are highly social and they are at their absolute best as full members of a family. This breed get along very well with other dogs and pets, and are excellent with children. The Bichon Frise does not like to be left alone for extended periods and suffers separation anxiety. They make a good watchdog and will bark to alert their family to visitors or jeopardy. This breed is curious and energetic, yet dignified and charming.

Bichon Frise Care

This dog breed requires regular grooming and is a high maintenance breed. Daily brushing is a must, as the coat of this dog tends to mat easily. Professional grooming every four weeks is recommended to keep this dog looking their very best. They is prone to skin problems, allergies, ear infections and deafness. Dental hygiene is extremely important to prevent tooth loss. They are sensitive to fleabites.

Bichon Frise Coat

This dog breed has a double coat. The outer coat of this breed is loosely-curled and the under coat is soft and silky. The coat is usually all white is color as an adult, but may be blended with cream, apricot or gray when still a puppy. They are a non-shedding breed and ideally suited to allergy sufferers. The coat of this breed should never be wiry or overly soft.

Bichon Frise Training

Although an intelligent breed, the Bichon Frise is typically difficult to house train. They are slow to mature and the male is  generally a bit easier to house-train than the female. Crate training works best for them and it is important to be consistent and patient. This breed does well at obedience and agility training, which should begin at an early age. They thrive on socialization and loves to perform tricks.

Bichon Frise Activity

This dog breed does not require an inordinate amount of exercise. The requirements of this breed are usually fulfilled the activities of an active family. They enjoy daily walks and play sessions. This breed is well suited to apartment living, provided they receive appropriate exercise.