The Bichon Frise is a friendly, small-sized dog with a love of mischief and lots of love to give. Bichon Frise’s dark-colored eyes and soft white coat resemble a child’s toy. They are very energetic and intelligent. Newbie pet parents and apartments are sure to get along with these pet dogs.
The most ancient records of the Bichon Frise dog breed date from the fourteenth century, when French seamen brought the dogs from Tenerife, among the Canary Islands. It is believed that Bichon Frise dogs were taken there by merchants who used the Phoenician trade route and that the Bichon Frise was initially created in Italy. First Bichon Frise born in the USA was in 1956. This dog breed became suitable for entering the American Kennel Club’s Varying-Class in Sept 1971 and was accepted to register in the AKC Studbook in Oct 1972.
Bichon Frise Physical Appearance
Bichons are like poodles regarding their powder-puff coat, which includes a smooth but soft undercoat and curly outer coat. They’re white, buff and white, gray or apricot, and cream. The length of the Bichon Frise is greater than its height. Females and males are approximately nine to eleven inches in height and weigh about seven to twelve lbs. Bichon Frise can live up to 12 – 15 years.
A friendly attitude is considered the exceptional attribute of Bichon’s temperament. This dog likes to be loved, enjoys being the center of attention, and is also good at charming its loved ones, neighbors, pet groomers, or vets with its outstanding personality. The Bichon features energetic, independent skills; however, that does not mean it loves to be alone. This dog breed doesn’t like to be alone and generally is prone to separation anxiety if left alone for a long time.
Susceptible to Diseases
Bichons are usually healthier; however, just like other dog breeds, they are vulnerable to health problems. You cannot assume all Bichons are sure to get all or any of these health problems; however, it is essential to know them if you are interested in getting this breed as a pet.
- Kidney Problems
- Patellar Luxation
- Vaccine Sensitivity
- Hip Dysplasia
Care and Grooming
Bichons must be brushed around 2 or 3 times weekly; however, every day is advisable. They need to have a bath and a cutting at least once per month. After all, the shed hair is caught-up within the under-coat. Their loose hair must be brushed to reduce mats from forming. The Bichon is recognized as comparatively hypo-allergenic because the breed sheds almost none.