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Bichon Frises

Also referred to as Tenerife Dogs or Bichon Tenerifes or Bichon a Poil Frises

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Bichon Frise

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Average Height & Weight

The Bichon Frise is considered a SMALL dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 9.5 to 11.5 inches.

Weight: 11 to 16 pounds.

Females – Height: 9.5 to 11.5 inches.

Weight: 10 to 15 pounds.

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Bichon Frise


Typical Coloring

Bichon Frises are commonly white. They sometimes have buff, cream or apricot shadings near their ears or on their bodies.





Bichon Frises are merry little dogs. They have cheerful, friendly personalities, and they are natural performers. They love to be cuddled and show their owners a lot of affection.




Activity Level

Bichon Frises require daily exercise, though a short walk, a romp in the backyard, or a game indoors can satisfy their activity requirements because of their small size. They are a high-energy breed eager to try new things.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

12 to 15 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concern for Bichon Frises is patellar luxation. Tooth loss and cataracts are less common but still occur within the breed.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Bichon Frises have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.



Bichon Frise


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Bichon Frises love children, though their penchant for barking may scare smaller kids. They are very friendly toward other dogs and other household pets.




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