Bichon Frises (Bichon, for short) love to steal the spotlight and their popularity among aristocrats has certainly helped them do so. King Henry III of France is said to have loved his so much he adorned himself with a basket of Bichon Frises around his neck. These poofy poochies originally worked as hunting dogs, became popular circus performers, and now mostly serve as devoted and sturdy lapdogs. Pet care professionals describe them as “wonderful little dogs.”
Originally from the mediterranean region, this small-sized and peppy breed can grow to between 10-16 pounds and lives an average of 12-15 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Non-Sporting group.
|Breed's original pastime||Companion|
|Average lifespan||14-15 years|
|Family||Bichon, companion, water dog|
|Date of origin||Ancient times|
|Original function||Companion, performer|
|Average size of male||Height: 9.5-11.5 Weight: 11-16|
|Average size of female||Height: 9.5-11.5 Weight: 10-15|
|Other name||Tenerife dog, bichon Tenerife|
|Energy level||High energy|
|Affection level||Moderately affectionate|
|Friendliness toward other dogs||Very Friendly|
|Friendliness toward other pets||Very Friendly|
|Friendliness toward strangers||Very Friendly|
|Ease of training||Hard to train|
|Protection ability||Not very protective|
|Grooming needs||High maintenance|
|Cold tolerance||Medium tolerance|
|Heat tolerance||Medium tolerance|
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A BICHON FRISE'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
These dogs are very intelligent, lively, and entertaining. A Bichon loves its people unconditionally making it a fantastic choice for families. These playful dogs are great with kids (supervised, of course), and usually very friendly toward other dogs, pets, and strangers.
WHAT IS BICHON FRISE BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Bichon Frises are cheerful canine companions who will leap, dance, and snuggle their way into your heart. They have lots of energy, so plan for daily walks and games. These dogs are gentle and playful, highly alert, but not very protective. They can be somewhat prone to barking. They're good dog park citizens, as long as there's a separate area for smaller dogs.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A BICHON FRISE?
Bichons are eager to please and make for quick learners. They can be somewhat resistant to potty training and their small bladders make for frequent daily walks. This breed responds well to food and game rewards.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO BICHON FRISES SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Bichon Frises have a long, lush, curly double coat that is almost odor-free. The hair never stops growing, so your furry friend will need regular clipping or trips to the groomer (plan for at least every other month). Brush and comb consistently—several times per week—to prevent snarls and mats. Plan for baths at least once a month.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO BICHON FRISES HAVE?
Bichon Frises are generally very healthy — in fact, experts say they are among the healthiest dog breeds. Keep an eye on their teeth, however. Bichons can experience early tooth loss and may develop gum infections if you don't care for their mouths. Some have been known to suffer from bladder or ear infections, allergies, eye ailments, and joint weakness, but these are rare.