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The Bichon Frise is a member of
the non-sporting group and the non-sporting class
of The American Kennel Club (AKC). Full recognition
was given to the Bichon by the AKC in 1973.
Also known as
The Tenerife Dog, Bichon Tenerife,
and Bichon a poil Frise. The foundation breed is
Maltese. Other origins are possibilities, mainly
Poodle or Barbet.
About Bichon Frise
Country of Origin, History of the breed
of Origin, History of the Breed
The term Bichon Frise
is French, and the literal definition is
“curly lap dog.” The Bichon
Frise was originally bred as a lap dog and
became popular with French royalty. This
dog originated in Spain during the 1400s
and has developed into a strong, small-framed
animal whose movement is balanced and consistent.
The Bichon Frise has white
coloring and a happy, fun-loving demeanor.
These dogs are similar in stature to poodles
and are very loyal.
These dogs are commonly known as
‘Bichon,’ and they were enjoyed by aristocrats
during the Middle Ages. The breed proliferated in
the Mediterranean due to sea captains who traveled
on ships and bought goods and privileges with the
After declining in popularity with
aristocrats, the Bichon Frise became popular as
clown dogs in circuses and as performers with organ
grinders. Their popularity rose internationally
during the 1950s.
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A General Appearance of
The Bichon Frise has a small body,
similar to that of a poodle. The height of a male
or female is from nine to twelve inches, measured
from the floor to the shoulder. The Bichon has a
tail that curls over the back of its body, and it
is never altered. The dog’s ears are narrow
and hang close to the head. The ears frame the face
and they are never altered.
The coat of a Bichon is long and
the colors are white, cream, and apricot.
The Bichon Frise has a solid white
coat. The outer coat contains long hair which is
coarse to the touch and curly, similar to that of
a poodle. The dog’s undercoat consists of
soft, short hair, which provides warmth and a fluffy
appearance to the outer coat. The coat is developed
by eighteen months of age and can be easily trimmed
due to its medium thickness.
Males and Females in this breed
reach a height of 9 1/2 to 11 1/2 inches.
Weight: 7-12 pounds.
Temperament of the Dog
The Bichon Frise is known to be
gentle, affectionate, and physically active when
it is in familiar surroundings. This breed lives
well in a variety of surroundings. If given daily
walks of at least thirty minutes, the Bichon can
live in an apartment or town home. When living in
a home with a yard, the Bichon needs less physical
attention. Bichons are popular as family pets because
of their exceptional ability to coexist with children.
With training, Bichons do very well with elderly
people or the disabled also.
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
These dogs are better suited to
an indoor lifestyle; however, while they prefer
being indoors, they can adapt to being outdoors.
The Bichon tends to be a better watch dog than a
guard dog, mainly due to its small stature and friendly
Are they suited to homes
This breed is known to do well
in a home that is consistently occupied, preferably
with older children and adults. Older Bichons are
more adaptable to being left alone than pups; yet,
if a pup must be left alone, a good suggestion is
to have someone visit the home during the day to
provide attention, make sure the dog is safe, and
make sure it has food and water. Overall, Bichons
have not been bred as ‘yard dogs,’ and
they will develop behaviour problems if frequently
left alone. This could cause health problems in
the long run.
to take care of the Bichon Frise Puppies?
A Bichon pup is happy, healthy,
and content if given proper care. An owner
can expect to receive the Bichon puppy at
six weeks of age. If the Bichon is exposed
early to children, adults, and visitors to
the home, they will become socialized to a
variety of humans. The owner should take the
Bichon pup on walks, provide age-appropriate
toys, and create a living space where the
dog can learn to be alone. At this time, the
owner can house train the Bichon.
The puppies respond well to positive
reinforcement; the owner should praise the pup when
it does as instructed and provide minor discipline
if it is not behaving as expected. Trainers suggest
that a positive reward consist of a small piece
of kibble along with a great deal of verbal praise
(“Good boy! Good Girl!) to reward correct
The Bichon Frise can be easily
trained if the owner or trainer is consistent and
proficient with training tasks. While the Bichon
Frise is intelligent, this breed of dog has a history
of problems with housetraining. Outside, they enjoy
digging in the yard and may need to be trained to
avoid digging in dirt or around plants. Bichons
are sensitive animals and respond well to gentle
handling and training that is accompanied by verbal
and physical praise. They also enjoy small treats,
coupled with verbal praise when they act appropriately.
Use minor discipline if they misbehave.
How active is the breed?
The Bichon Frise is happiest and
very active when it is indoors. However, it will
eagerly follow the owner outdoors and participate
in a variety of activities. Bichons can be very
active, and they enjoy any activities that the owner
is doing. If yard work needs to be done, the Bichon
will run around the work area and watch. Also, the
dog will try to get attention or engage in play.
Puppies and younger dogs require
a significant amount of activity. The dog will benefit
greatly from frequent walks and/or trips outside
so it can get exercise or relieve itself. The activity
level of the Bichon will decrease with age; however,
frequent exercise is recommended for a healthy dog,
regardless of age. As it ages, the Bichon is known
to have problems with slipping kneecaps and blindness.
Exercise can be tailored to accommodate these illnesses
as the dog ages.
A Bichon requires consistent grooming,
and thirty minutes a day isn’t uncommon for
a guardian to brush and comb the dog’s fur.
The Bichon does not shed fur, but its hair grows
continuously, so it needs a trim approximately every
four to six weeks.
A frequent grooming problem with
Bichons is excess tearing around the eyes and on
the face. Tearing colors the dog’s coat a
light pink or rusty brown. Tearing can have many
causes, and it is recommended that a veterinarian
diagnose the reason for tearing.
Foot care includes nail trimming
and cutting excess fur that grows over toenails
and between paw pads. This can be taken care of
by a groomer or, when offered, in a veterinarian’s
The Bichon can develop allergies
to fleas and dirt if it is has a pale skin. This
is seen when there is redness in the skin and signs
of irritation known as ‘hot spots;’
both symptoms are more prevalent during high-temperature
months of the year. Owners are advised to maintain
flea control throughout the year.
Genetic problems the breed
As with any dog, as the Bichon
Frise ages, their physical needs increase. Bichon
Frise breeds are known for developing knee problems
with age. This dog breed is known to develop epilepsy
and slipping kneecaps. In addition, eye problems
can develop, and an illness known as Progressive
Retinal Atrophy (PRA) can occur. With PRA, a retina
in one of the dog’s eyes breaks down, and
this results in blindness. Bichon owners recommend
that any potential owner check the parental history,
if available. Also, professional breeding can eliminate
Breeding the dog and any
A Bichon Frise
can be bred if it is free of genetic disease, has
a stable temper, and comes from a lineage that has
been certified by an accredited agency or kennel
club. In addition, the dog should not be aggressive
or introverted. Potential owners should look for
a dog that is relaxed around people and is not a
constant nuisance. Breeders state that a good candidate
for breeding can be traced back through a minimum
of three, preferably five, generations.
A potential owner/breeder needs
to be aware of the costs involved with breeding
dogs. Veterinary care (before and after birth) for
both the mother and puppies may be needed for at
least ten weeks. In addition, the pups may need
to be housebroken if they are not adopted at six
weeks of age. Other expenses for proper care include
vaccines and grooming.
Litter Size: 3
to 5 pups.
Life Span: 13
to 16 years.
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National Breed Club
e.g. The Bichon Frise is promoted
by The Bichon Frise Club of Great Britain. Information
is available at their website, http://www.bichonfriseclubofgb.info/index.htm,
or at 129 The Diplocks, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27,
3JY, phone number 01323 843947.
In the United States, the dog is
represented by The Bichon Frise Club of America,
Inc. Information is available at their website,
http://www.bichon.org/, or at Red Lion Denver Central,
4040 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80216. The telephone
number is 1-303-321-6666, and the fax number is
The Bichon Frise is recognized
by The Kennel Club in the United Kingdom in the
‘toy’ classification. In the United
States, the dog is recognized by the American Kennel
Club in the ‘non-sporting’ classification.
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