Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise
Non-Sporting Group

The origination of the Bichon came quite some time ago. Originally the breed was called Teneriffe because they would developed in on the Canary Island of Teneriffe, they later became known as the Bichon Frise. In the 14th century Italian sailors brought specimens back to the continent where they near instantly became favored pets of the upper class. Later in the 19th century the breed fell in ranks from noble dogs to common street dogs. They could be seen teamed up with street peddlers performing tricks for money. World War I almost completely wiped out the breed but breeders quickly worked to resurrect the loveable breed. Bichons can range from 12 – 18 lbs. in weight and 9 ½” – 11 ½” in height. A typical lifespan for this breed is 12 – 15 years.

The Bichon Frise is lively and animated with an abundance of intelligence. This is a breed that will do whatever it takes to be a part of the family, they thrive off the acceptance and love of the family. They have cheerful personalities which is why most families are drawn to them. Because of the history with performing, most today will still do “tricks” to enhance the enjoyment in the family.

The Bichon is extremely charming in various manners. They get along with everything and anything and really enjoy the interaction of people. They are surprisingly great watch dogs, as they will bark to alert you of someone coming near. They do excellent with children and other animals as well.

The Bichon is a non-shedding hypo allergenic breed and they will require haircuts, which can either be done professionally or by you depending on your preference. Typically most have their dogs groomed about every 4 – 6 weeks. You should brush the coat out once to twice a week to help it from becoming matted. Check the ears weekly to make sure they do not encounter ear infections, the ears typically hang over and restrict the air flow. Bathing should be done during grooming or when necessary. Bichons have curly coats when not brushed out and wavy when fully brushed out. Bichon Frises only come in white, some may have cream shadings.

The Bichon is an intelligent breed, training with them should be consistent and full of verbal and physical praise. Try switching your training tactics to help keep your puppy/dog’s interest. Crate training has been very beneficial for this breed. Because of the small size of this breed they can be litter-box trained, which most owners appreciate. Socialization should also be a part of your routine, to help make him/her a well-rounded adult dog.

The Bichon Frise is not an overly active breed, but they do enjoy a nice walk or romping around in the backyard or just outside for a few minutes. It is a small breed so they do not require a ton of exercise and will exert most energy when playing with the family. This breed adapts well to all life styles.

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