Bichon Frise

Description

The Bichon Frise is a small dog, but it has a strong frame. Its chest is broad and strong. In the midst of its trademark all-white coat are dark facial features. The nose, in particular, is large and round. The eyes are also dark. The ears are proportionate to the head and set low and loose. The neck is long and angled. The torso is level and supported by short forelegs that are straight. The tail extends from the torso in parallel and curls upward and back. The feet are compact.

Temperament

The Bichon Frise is the ideal indoor pet. It longs for attention from family members and seeks to participate in family activities. It is highly sociable and can easily coexist with other household pets. The easy going and playful nature of the Bichon Frise make it suitable for children. Not suitable as a guard dog since it doesn’t have a tendency to bark and does not have protective instincts. It is unlikely to show any aggression toward intruders are unwelcome guests.

Height and Weight

Male height: 9-12 inchesMale weight: 7-13 poundsFemale height: 9-12 inchesFemale weight: 7-13 pounds

Health Problems

The Bichon Frise is generally free of genetic disorders. Some types have developed epilepsy, bladder stones, pemphigus, and pyorrhea. The breed also tends to have dental problems. Having a veterinarian check out the dog before making a decision to purchase it is recommended to make sure that there are no existing health problems.

Ideal Living Conditions

A large living space is required for the small Bichon Frise. It does well in an apartment, large home, or yard. As long as the environment is conducive to its need to socialize, just about any living condition is acceptable. Warm temperatures may cause problems for the breed. It will appreciate cooler climates.

Exercise

The Bichon Frise is an energetic dog, but the good news is that it will adapt to the exercise regimen determined by its owner. It is recommended that the breed obtain a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise each day. Daily walks of long or short distances are fine for this breed. It is a good idea to also make sure the breed obtains sufficient mental exercise also. This can be achieved by playing games or training it new tricks.

Life Expectancy

An average of 15-17 years

Litter Size

An average of 5 puppies

Grooming

An owner of a Bichon Frise can expect to spend a significant amount of time or money to keep it well groomed. If a professional cares for the coat, regular brushing and combing are still necessary in between visits to a groomer.

Origin

France

Group

Gun Dog, Toy

Color

White is the acceptable coat color of the Bichon Frise. It may have spots of cream or buff, but these must not exist more than a small percentage (10%).