Bichon Frise Dog Breed Profile Information

Description: The Bichon Frise is considered to be a toy dog.
This dog will range in height at the shoulder from 9 to 12 inches and will weigh 7 to 12 pounds. Although this dog is small, it has a sturdy build. The Bichon always has a white coat, with perhaps a touch of apricot or cream shading around the ears. The coat is soft and silky and curly. The coat is 3 to 4 inches long and is considered to be hypoallergenic. The Bichon is a long-lived breed and can attain 15 years or more, the oldest on record having lived until the age of 19.

History: The Bichon Frise is an old breed, with references to it from the 1200s. This dog has its ancestry in the Poodle and Barbet Water Spaniel. Because of its happy nature, attractive appearance, and small size, the Bichon was used as an item of barter by Spanish sailors during this time. It was by this means that it found its way to France, and by the 1500s was a member of the French court. Because the Bichon enjoys learning how to do tricks, it has also be used in circuses and as a helper to organ grinders.

Temperament: The Bichon Frise was developed exclusively to be a companion dog, and this is reflected in its cheerful and merry disposition. This dog is made for close relationships with people and is excellent with children. As mentioned above, the Bichon will do well learning tricks, but will not be so dependable with obedience training. It gets along well with other dogs and household pets. It can be difficult to housebreak.

Health Issues: The Bichon Frise has a tendency to developing cancer, especially in its later years. This breed can also suffer from a condition known as liver shunts. Thiscondition can be corrected surgically if caught early, so keen observation and perhaps testing of a young Bichon might be in order. The Bichon can also develop cataracts and epilepsy. The skin is sensitive to flea bites.

Grooming: one look at thr luxuriant coat of the Bichon Frise will tell you that this dog needs daily grooming. The coat must be brushed every day to prevent tangles and matting.
The coat should also be clipped and trimmed regularly. The Bichon can be bathed anywhere from once a week to once a month, depending on how dirty the coat has become. Some owners give their Bichon Frise a puppy cut for convenience. The ears should be checked daily and dried and cleaned if necessary.

Living Conditions: The Bichon Frise is a house dog that needs to be with its family. This dog will suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for long periods. As the Bichon Frise is relatively frisky and playful in the house, much of its exercise needs can be met this way. A daily walk of moderate length will satisfy any addition exercise requirements. This dog should not be taken on long walks.
The Bichon Frise is unsuitable for any outdoor living conditions.

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