The Bichon Frise is a small, sturdy, white powder puff of a dog whose merry temperament is evidence by his plumed tail carried jauntily over the back and his dark-eyed inquisitive expression. The bichon frise is a breed that has no gross or incapacitating exaggerations and therefore there is no inherent reason for lack of balance or unsound movement.
The Bichon frise is a proud, lively little dog. It is intelligent, eager to learn, very loyal to its handler and family. The bichon is a wonderful companion and show dog. The breed’s docile temper and affectionate nature endear it to many. It is alert, inquisitive and active: one of the most independent of the toy breeds, it needs a firm, gentle hand. Its liveliness and spirit make it well-liked by persons who do not usually care for dogs.
Bichon frise may be picky eaters. If they are properly introduced they usually get along with other dogs and household animals without any problems. Bichon frise make good little watchdogs. Teach this dog early that it may bark a couple of times when the doorbell rings or when there are visitors, but then to keep quiet. Be very consistent about this. Bichons have a delightful nature and do not cling to their handlers. This happy pup is good at learning tricks.
9.5 – 11.5 inches
12 – 18 pounds
Life Expectancy: 14 – 15yrs
One Common health problem that your Bichon Frise may develop is a condition from a genetic hip deformity that results from abnormal hip development. If left untreated, hip dysplasia can lead to extreme pain and serious mobility issues. However, when with early diagnoses, we can treat it with surgery and therapy.
This condition is a very common health issue among smaller breeds including the Bichon Frise. When the patella is luxated, it cannot return into its normal position until the quadriceps muscle of the dog relaxes and increases in length. This causes the dog to yelp in pain when it tries to exert movement. It can lead to arthritic crippling if left untreated.