Bichon Frise Dog Breed Information


Bichon Frise Quick Facts
Bichon Frise
Breed Group: Non-Sporting
Origen: Spain / Belgium(was then taken into France)
Nickname: Bichon
Weight: 7-12 lbs
Height: 9-12 inches
Color(s): White, may have cream shadings


Bichon Frise Appearance

The Bichon Frise is a small, sturdy dog. The muzzle is shorter than the skull, with a dark-eyed and inquisitive expression. His tail is plumed and curved over back and the ears are dropped covered in long hair. The silken coat consists of locks of spirally formed hairs. The skull is slightly rounded.

The breed is often compared to a cotton ball due to its curled double coat, with a soft dense undercoat and curly outercoat, causing the coat to stand off the body and even spring back when patted. The Bichon Frise color is always pure white but some may have a cream shade. The weight of the Bichon Frise is around 7-12 pounds; and the height around 9-12 inches.

Bichon Frise Temperament

The Bichon Frise is Perky, energetic and playful. They are easy to train and naturally sociable dogs. He is friendly toward strangers, very good with children and get along well with other dogs and pets. Early socialization is important. The Bichon Frise enjoys dashing around the house and yard, and loves going for a walk.

They are so sociable and dependent that they don’t do well when left along for long period of time. They like to sit hanging on the back of the sofa or chair, looking out the window so he can announce visitors. The Bichon Frise can be barkers and often have a harsh, piercing voice.

Is Bichon Frise the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Bichon Frise is a very active dog and needs daily exercise. The Bichon Frise can live in an apartment as long as it gets enough exercise. They are fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard.

The Bichon Frise are gentle mannered, sensitive, playful and affectionate and is perfect as a family pet or companion dog. A cheerful attitude is the hallmark of the breed. His hair grows continually and does not shed, so extensive grooming is required to prevent mats. This is not an outside dog.

Bichon Frise Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Bichon Frise is around 12-15 years.

Bichon Frise Health problems

The Bichon Frise major concerns are: Cushing’s, allergies, patellar luxation. Some are prone to watery eyes, cataracts, skin and ear ailments, CHD (Coronary Hearth Disease) bladder stones, also epilepsy and dislocated kneecaps. The Bichon Frise is tremendously allergic to flea bitten, causing to chew themselves and creating massive hot spots.

Bichon Frise Care and Grooming

The Bichon Frise needs intensive grooming or they will look messy. Professional grooming is recommended every four weeks. Frequent trimming, brushing, and bathing are required to keep the Bichon looking its best and to remove hair and dander. They don’t shed but the loose hairs become entangled in the coat and can mat. Use dry shampoo occasionally and bathe only when necessary.

Bichon Frise Shedding

The Bichon Frise sheds little to no hair and therefore is good for allergy suffers.