Color: Solid white, some shading permissible
Height: 9-12 inches
Weight: 7-12 lbs
Life Span: 13-16 years
Breed Health Concerns: Allergies, ear infections, skin allergies, dental problems, patellar lunation, cataracts.
Coat: Double coat. Dense, soft, silky, fine undercoat with corkscrew curls. Curly, coarse outercoat.
Country of Origin: France
Visit the American Kennel Club for breed standards and more information.
The Bichon Frise is among many small, white dogs that rose to popularity. Its origin not exactly known for this reason. This breed was a favorite of King Henry III of France, who carried his companion everywhere with him. This loyal, playful breed eventually became quite popular with the more "common" folk over the centuries and his popularity later spiked in the United States in the early 1980s.
The Bichon Frise enjoys being around all kinds of people as much as possible. This breed is outgoing and personable and enjoys entertaining his family and being the center of attention. The Bichon Frise is well mannered and enjoys being around children, people, other pets.
Although the Bichon Frise does not need a great deal of exercise, a good daily walk and some playtime are still important. The Bichon Frise enjoys getting out some energy by following his family around as much as possible.
The coat of the Bichon Frise requires daily brushing to prevent matts. Although this breed sheds very little, monthly coat trimmings are necessary. Many people often choose to take their Bichon to a groomer for this trim. The area around the eyes of this breed must be kept clean to prevent staining of the fur.
Sometimes house training the Bichon Frise can be a challenge. However this breed is known for often being a trick performer and responds well to obedience training. The Bichon Frise may have a small stature but is quite sturdy and can excel at agility as well.