(Bichon à poil frisé) The Bichon Frise is a small breed that bears a striking physical resemblance to the Maltese. The French name “Bichon Frisé” literally translates to the phrase “Curly lap dog”. The body of this breed is exceptionally muscled, especially throughout the lower thighs and rump. The Bichon Frise has a long neck and a well-developed chest. Their heads feature a moderate muzzle and a slightly accentuated stop. Their teeth close in a scissors bite and their round eyes are dark and possess an intelligent expression. They have a hanging pair of ears that are covered with hair. The coat of the Bichon Frise is soft, loosely curled, and virtually hypo-allergenic. This double coat is white in color and consists of a textured outer coat that is lined with a silky, fine undercoat. Cream, gray, or apricot hairs may be present.
The Bichon Frise is a loving, cheerful companion that thrives on human affection and attention. They are independent, spirited, and lively. They are very gentle and need plenty of loving care from their families. Naturally social, this breed is excellent with children and is easy to live with. They are bright, happy, and they love virtually everyone they meet. The Bichon Frise may be difficult to housebreak, but they are not yappers. Because some lines of Bichon Frises have been carelessly overbred, it’s important to do some research before selecting a specimen.
When poorly trained, the bichon frise can develop habits of whining, crying, and yapping. This is especially true when their owners are not able to devote enough time.
Some lines of the Bichon Frise are prone to watery eyes, cataracts, and skin ailments. Epilepsy, ear problems, and dislocated kneecaps are also of moderate concern. The Bichon Frise can also be very sensitive to flea bites. This breed typically lives for 15 or more years. They average 4 to 5 puppies per litter.
This breed has been known to live for up 19 to 21 years with a healthy diet, proper weight and consistent care.
The Bichon Frise made its first appearance in the 14th century. The breed is a cross between the Barbet Water Spaniel and the Poodle. These dogs were commonly traded by Spanish sailors and became a favorite of the French royal courts of the 16th century. Although the Bichon Frise is most commonly utilized as a companion and show dog, they have a history of performing in circuses.
The Bichon Frise should be groomed regularly and bathed on a monthly basis. It’s recommended that this breed be professionally groomed once a month. Hair should be kept trimmed around the eyes and ears. Eyes should be cleaned frequently. This breed sheds little to no hair and is a good companion for those that suffer from allergies.
The Bichon Frise can live in a small household or apartment if he is exercised sufficiently. They are a fairly active breed indoors, and they are content without a yard. Because of their high energy levels, the Bichon Frise is capable of getting proper exercise on his own. They enjoy going for walks and romping in open spaces.
These dogs need training and exercise at a minimum walk at least once a day. If a Bichon is under exercised it will likely never calm down. An under exercised Bichon is also likely to jump on guest and family members.
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