All About Bichon Frises
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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.
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.
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.
- Bichon Frises’ coats resemble cotton balls both in their shape and their softness. They have a double coat, which is textured on the outer layer and silky on the under layer.
- They are a high-maintenance grooming breed, requiring brushing every other day and trimming every two months. They do not shed.
- They carry their distinctive plumed tails proudly behind them.
12 to 15 years
The most common health concern for Bichon Frises is patellar luxation. Tooth loss and cataracts are less common but still occur within the breed.
Bichon Frises have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.
Bichon Frises love children, though their penchant for barking may scare smaller kids. They are very friendly toward other dogs and other household pets.
- With their Mediterranean roots, Bichon Frises were often used in barters between Spanish and other traders hundreds of years ago.
- Bichon Frises were noted street performers in 19th century Europe, working with peddlers to bring in customers or organ grinders to solicit donations.
- The dogs nearly went extinct during World War I, but French breeders helped to bring them back, eventually sending them to America in the 1950s.