The Bichon Frise is a dog that is apart of the Barbichon family and originates from the Mediterranean area. They have a winning personality and were made to impress. They are sweet, loving, loyal, and entertaining. They are known as “The World’s Greatest Personality Dog”. They love to be loved and if you have the time to give to a Bichon Frise, he will be the best dog you could ever imagine. The Bichon Frise is a playful and independent dog, although it will not do him well to spend a lot of time by himself. Bichons can suffer from separation anxiety, but this is only because of their fierce loyalty and the love they have towards their owners.
Learn more about the Bichon Frise to see if he would be a good match for you!
Weight: 12-18 lbs
Height: 9.5-11.5 in
Life span: 14-15 years
Fur type: These awesome dogs are hypoallergenic. This means that their coats do not contain dander, a particle that causes allergies in humans. Their plush velvety coat will keep you and your family from sneezing despite the loving attention you give them.
Color: Bichon Frise come in white. They have black leather noses and lips that match their large, dark eyes.
Personality: This pup is a lover not a fighter with an extremely happy disposition. Bichons will bring smiles and hugs from around the neighborhood as everyone will want to love it. While Bichon Frises are loyal dogs and can be great watchdogs, they typically live their lives with the assumption that there are no enemies, only friends they haven’t met yet. They are happy, energetic, and are easy to train.
Energy: For their small size, Bichons have a lot of energy. They need to be exercised daily to help relieve that energy. They do really well on short walks or playing games inside and outside. Another great way to help your Bichon Frise use up his energy is to focus on training. These dogs are highly intelligent and can pick up on tricks fairly easy.
Good with kids: Bichon Frises are great family dogs. They are patient with children and love the attention they get from all the members of the family. While they are still puppies they should be monitored very closely while spending time with children, as they get older and less fragile they can become the perfect family dog. They also do well with other dogs and animals.
Shedding: Bichons are hypoallergenic dogs that do not shed. They are recommended pets for those people who have allergies to dogs.
Keeping your Bichon Frise nice looking is an extremely tedious job. It is not for the faint of heart. This is a high-maintenance breed, and you will need to dedicate several hours a week to keep him looking sharp and fluffy. Most owners will take their Bichon to a professional groomer every four to six weeks. There they will get a bath, brushed, haircut, nail trim, and ear clean. But in-between these visits, take the time to care for your dog.
Brush: Brush your pup at least twice a week, or more. It is important to brush your dog frequently because not doing so will cause his fur to get tangled and matted.
Bathe: You’ll need to bathe your Bichon Frise frequently as well. Bathing is the only way to keep his snow-white hair pure. Make sure to brush your pup out before you bathe him, water can make the tangles tighten and harder to get out.
Ears: Check your dog’s ears frequently to make sure they are clean. If you notice that there are a lot of hairs in the ears pluck them out.
Trainability/Tips for Training: These dogs are extremely smart and trainable. They love to learn new tricks. The best way to help your Bichon to learn tricks is to be firm but gentle. Harshly correcting your dog is a sure way to break his heart and lose motivation. Training with love will ensure that you and your dog bond closely while learning great tricks. Bichon Frises excel in obedience, agility, rally, and therapy training. The one area where Bichons need a little help with training is during housebreaking. They can often be stubborn while learning where the correct place to potty is. Consider crate training for them, this is recommended by many animal professionals.
How to feed my Bichon Frise
The best kind of food you could give to your Bichon is something that isn’t full of fake filler ingredients. Try feeding your dog a Raw Dog Food diet. This type of dog food contains 99% meat/organs/animal fats. Eating a raw, natural diet will ensure the best health of your Bichon Frise. Although they don’t appear too much like their wild wolf ancestors, their digestive systems still function nearly the same and require a diet derived from raw food sources. Your Bichon Frise will love eating raw food!
A high-quality diet of raw food will ensure the best health condition for your pup. If you chose to give your dog treats, do so in moderation. Give table scraps sparingly and try to avoid giving your furry friend cooked bones or foods that are high in fat.
Feeding your Puppy
Pups that are just recently weaned will want to eat 4 meals a day. This is okay as long as the meals are 4-5 hours apart. Total your puppy should be eating 1 cup of food a day divided over 4 meals. Starting at 10 weeks, watch for signs that your puppy may be ready to cut out one of his meals. He will go from 4 a day to 3 meals a day quite quickly.
Feeding your adult
Eventually, your dog will no longer want to eat at midday, this usually happens around 6 months. When this happens, adjust your dog’s meal to 1/2 cup of food twice a day. Your Bichon will do well eating two meals a day for the rest of his life.
Because all dogs are different when it comes to size, energy level, and activity, some may need more food than others. Use this calculator to figure out exactly how much your pup needs!
Bichons are generally very healthy dogs, but they can suffer from certain health conditions. Not to say that all Bichons suffer from these, but the breed overall is prone to certain health conditions such as;
- Bladder Problems: Many factors can contribute to bladder problems in this breed. Things such as excessive protein, magnesium, and phosphorus in their diet or even going long periods of time between urination can cause Bichons to suffer from bladder stones or infections. Symptoms of this condition are frequent urination, bloody urine, difficulty urinating, or loss of appetite. If your Bichon is suffering from any of these things, take him to the vet for a checkup.
- Allergies: Bichons are particularly sensitive dogs and can be irritated by several different things like food, bugs, or flea bites. If you notice that your dog is scratching or rubbing his face frequently, take him in to be checked by your vet.
- Patellar Luxation: This is a common problem in many small dogs that happens when the knee joint slides in and out of place. It can be crippling if the problem, but in most cases, dogs will live a relatively normal life.
- Vaccination Sensitivity: Symptoms of a reaction to vaccination in Bichons are hives, facial swelling, soreness, and lethargy. After you get your Bichon vaccinated observe him carefully for the first few hours that follow and if you notice anything unusual, contact your vet.
- Hip Dysplasia: Hip dysplasia is a condition that is inherited and occurs when the thigh bone doesn’t fit right into the hip socket. This can cause some dogs a lot of pain and discomfort, but other can suffer and show no signs. The best way to avoid having a dog with hip dysplasia is to ask the breeder for proof that the parent dogs have been tested and are free from the problem.
- Juvenile Cataracts: Cataracts can sometimes develop in Bichons less than 6 years old. This is thought to be a hereditary condition, the best way to avoid adopting a puppy with potential juvenile cataracts is to ask the breeder if her stock is certified by the CERF (Canine Eye Registration Foundation) and to see the certificates yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bichon Frise
Yes! Bichon Frise have a type of hair that produces no dander, the substance that causes allergies. Still, if you have an allergy to dogs, talk to your doctor before adopting a Bichon Frise, just to make sure it will be okay for your health.
Are Bichon Frises aggressive?
Bichon Frises knows no enemies. Mostly all Bichons are friendly extra friendly and outgoing, however, there are those rare few who aren’t. The best way to ensure that your Bichon Frise will not be aggressive is to socialize him from an early age. Introduce him to people, animals, and children early on and frequently. He will learn to not be aggressive this way.
Can Bichon Frise swim?
Bichon Frise can swim. They do very well in the water. Like most things, however, each dog is an individual. Assess your dog first before you throw it in water to swim. Some Bichons cannot swim for very long, so you can try and put on a life jacket for them to swim in.
When is a Bichon Frise full grown?
Your Bichon Frise will be full grown once he reaches a year old.
Why do Bichon Frise smell?
Most Bichon Frise are very clean dogs. Because they require so much grooming, they are often known as a dog with little to no odor. If your Bichon Frise is starting to be smelly, there might be something wrong with him health-wise. Take him to the vet to get his smell checked out.
Can Bichon Frise eat carrots?
Carrots are one of the delicious human items that dogs can eat. Your Bichon Frise will love the taste and the crunch that carrots provide, and you’ll love the fact that he is eating something nutritious.
Bichons are incredible dogs. They are smart, funny intelligent, and loving. They are a wonderful addition to a family. Once your Bichon Frise feels apart of your family, he will be the most devoted pet you’ve ever seen. Bichon Frises are great because they are quick to learn tricks and ready to please. The best way for you to bond is to spend time training your dog. As long as you dedicate time daily to your Bichon and show your affection to him, he will be happy for his entire life. Because these dogs suffer from separation anxiety, try not to leave him alone for long periods of times. You’ll see that the more time you spend with your dog, the closer you two will be.