Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise information

The Bichon Frise breed originates from Italy. This toy breed has been developed during the Italian revolution when Bichon Maltese have been bred with small dog breeds like the poodle. Due to their origins, Bichon Frise were not afraid of water and were used as barter by sailors. The dogs were also good companions on board. In the 16th century, the Bichon Frise Breed became very popular in France and Spain and were given as a present to monarchs. At the end of the 19th century the population of Bichon Frise decreased and, in the 1930s passionate breeders made every effort to save the breed. Nowadays, the Bichon Frise is known to be an excellent companion.

Bichon Frise characteristics

The Bichon Frise has a curly coat. The color of his coat is white. Some Bichon Frise can have small orange or apricot markings on their ears, paws, body and snout.

The size of the Bichon Frise varies from 9 to 15 inches and he usually weight between 3 to 5 Kilos.

Bichon Frise grooming

The Bichon Frise should be brushed regularly brushed with a card and a comb to avoid his hair getting tangled up. It is also recommended to bath him every month. Before bathing your dog, it is recommended to brush him as it is much easier to untangle dry hair than wet hair. A hair nourisher should be applied onto his hair. After the bath, it is important to rinse carefully your dog so that the shampoo and hair nourisher do not remain on his hair and skin. Then, your Bichon Frise will need to be dried up with towels. Once dried up, you will need to brush him starting with the tail and slowly working your way up to the head of the dog. This will give more volume to his hair.

In between professional grooming sessions, you will need to cut his hair between is pad and cut his nails.

Bichon Frise temperament

If well socialized, Bichon Frise are good companions for children. They are very active little dogs who love to play. In families with young children, it is important not to leave the children with the dog without supervision. They are also good companions for older people and will give unconditional love to their owners. Bichon Frise get very attached to their owners but, when trained properly, they can stay up to 4 hours on their own.

Bichon Frise training

When bringing a Bichon Frise home, the owner needs to establish himself as the pack leader. Bichon Frise puppies are very active and cheerful little dogs and, if not given enough rules, they will run all over the house and start chewing furnitures. Bichon Frise are intelligent and good learners and it should not be difficult to teach them obedience. Being very active dogs, they usually perform well in agility classes. However, potty training a Bichon Frise puppy can take time. Owners should remain patient with their dog and praise them every time they do something good.

It can be quite difficult to untangle Bichon Frise long hair. Therefore, it is important that Bichon Frise puppies are used to grooming from an early age.

Bichon Frise food habits

It is important to feed your Bichon Frise with good quality food so that he remains healthy.

Bichon Frise health

Bichon Frise can be prone to allergies. These allergies will affect the skin of the dog, causing itching, red marks or even blisters on his body. To establish if a dog suffers from allergies, the vet will run a series of skin test on your dog.

Many Bichon Frise have been diagnosed with genetic disease like:

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