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Country of Origin, History of Teacup Bichon Frises
The Bichon Frise is an old breed dating back to at least the 13 century. While associated as a French breed, he actually has Mediterranean origins and is related to the Maltese. He is descended from a Water Spaniel and quickly became a favorite of many.
Through travels and trading, he landed in France and quickly became popular with the French Royal Court in the 16th century.
Because of his good nature and lively spirit, he was favored as a companion and lap dog, but was also routinely depicted in artwork of the day. He went on to serve as a circus dog and entertainer, but now he is more known for being the family pet.
The teacup size of the Bichon Frise is not a recognized size class but instead refers to a Bichon Frise that is smaller than its breed standard. Teacup sized Bichon Frise are produced in a normal litter, and a breeder cannot guarantee the dog's adult size.
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A General Appearance of the Teacup Bichon Frise
The dog is known for his soft, fluffy white coat, and many people have even considered it to be a cotton ball kind of dog. His soft undercoat is topped with a curly outercoat. This gives the plush look that the dog is famous for and the hair that bounces back under your touch.
While he is primarily white, a teacup Bichon Frise may also have buff, cream, or apricot coloring on his ears or body, but it should never exceed 10% of the coloration. The dog should be predominantly white.
The Bichon Frise is a small, compact dog that has a plumed tail that is carried over his back. The average Bichon Frise is 10-18 pounds in weight and 9 ½-11 inches in height at the shoulder. Any dog smaller than 10 pounds would generally be considered the teacup size range.
Temperament of the Dog.
The Bichon Frise is a happy little dog. He is expected to be merry and lively. The correct temperament reflects a dog that has no enemies.
Some people worry that the Bichon Frise might be a high-strung breed, but he is not. He is energetic and active but should not ever be hyperactive or high-strung. Instead, he enjoys being with the family and partaking of any activity that the family does. He makes an excellent companion dog and traveling partner.
Unfortunately, teacup Bichon Frise that are 'commercially' produced and purchased from less than reputable breeders or locations may not have the ideal temperament. Some will have a softer temperament or shyness.
The Right Kind of Home
The Bichon Frise makes an excellent family dog, and the average sized one is fairly sturdy, but a smaller than standard dog may be too small for a home with young children.
Teacup Bichon Frise are more fragile and are more likely to suffer accidental injuries in a home with small children.
Otherwise, an active family home that enjoys making the dog part of the action is ideal. These dogs love doing anything you are doing.
A note about allergies: The Bichon Frise has become a dog favored by those with allergies, but not all people will be able to handle him. Those with very mild allergies may be unaffected by a Bichon Frise, but it is important to spend time around the breed to see if your allergies and the dog are a good mix.
The Bichon Frise is one of the easiest dogs to train. It is an intelligent breed and wants to please. Use of motivational training with toys and treats makes training a snap. This is a popular breed in obedience and agility.
The breed can be more difficult to housetrain and a teacup Bichon Frise even harder due to the smaller size. Be prepared to be diligent and patient. Crate train your puppy well.
The teacup Bichon Frise is a more active toy dog than some of the other breeds, but most of his energy can be easily drained through short walks and good play sessions.
He is not a good couch potato dog, although he might enjoy this aspect of life too. Make sure to complement downtime with plenty of activities to keep his busy mind and body preoccupied.
There is a lot of grooming involved in the teacup Bichon Frise. His coat continues to grow, and it will require monthly maintenance to keep it in order. If not clipped monthly, the soft hair will easily tangle and mat.
His hair will also need to be brushed several times a week with a good pin brush in order to keep it mat free.
Your grooming routine should also include tooth brushing to avoid dental problems common to the breed as well as regular ear cleaning and toenail trimming.
The Bichon Frise is generally considered a healthy breed. It does have a few health issues such as: autoimmune issues, allergies, dental disease, cancer, heart problems, bladder infections or stones, orthopedic problems like patellar luxation, and eye problems.
Most Bichon Frise will not have all of these issues and may never have any of them, but these are some of the most common problems.
Teacup Bichon Frise should always be vet checked for any conditions that might contribute to the smaller size like heart problems, liver conditions, etc.
They will require more care throughout their lives as there are increased risks when using vaccinations, medication, anesthesia, etc. Always consult with your veterinarian about your dog prior to giving it anything new. A very tiny dog can quickly be adversely affected.
Teacup Bichon Frise should not be allowed to jump on and off of furniture to protect their fragile bones and no rough playing with people or other dogs.
Group: Non-Sporting Group.
AKC Popularity Ranking: Not recognized by AKC.
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