History & Overview
The Bichon Frise, sometimes called the Tenerife Bichon, is a sturdy little dog that makes a delightful family companion and a glamorous show dog. His silken coat, which consists of spirally formed hair gives them the appearance of powder puffs. His bouncy stride and plumed tail carried jauntily over his back give them a happy, carefree presence.
The breed has many appealing qualities. They have a strong, independent spirit with a robust tenacity. The Bichon Frise loves children and enjoys socializing with other household pets. He is free from skin problems that some all-white breeds and and from “doggy” odor.
Bichons are well-suited for apartment living and for families with older children. They love to be the center of attention and need people to be happy.
At A Glance
Country of Origin:
FCI Classification: Group 9: Companion and Toy Dogs. Bichons and related breeds
AKC Classification: Toy Group
Small (9.5 – 11.5 inches at shoulders)
White. There is some allowance made in the AKC standard for shadings in small amounts. Puppies are often born with shadings of buff, cream, or apricot. However, these shadings usually disappear by the time the dog is 12 months old.
Daily brushing is recommended to prevent mats that can result in skin diseases. Regular baths and grooming are also recommended. Clean the eyes often to prevent staining.
Friendly, loving, and great companion dogs. Bichons adjust very quickly to new surroundings and people. They love to be the center of your attention.
Gets along with other animals.
Suitability for Children:
Loves to play with children as long as the children remember they are playing with a living animal and are not too rough.
0-20 minutes a day
Highly intelligent but are not always cooperative with house training.
Health & Behavioral Issues:
When choosing a Bichon puppy, genetic testing of both parents is very important. Some of the health issues known to this breed include: