The Bichon Frise is a small dog, classified under the Toy group by the Kennel Club. It is predominantly white with soft corkscrew curls around the body and a gorgeous plumed tail carried over the back. This well-balanced breed is described as smart, lively, friendly and outgoing. The muzzle is not short nor long, just the average size compared to the head. The cheeks are flat, stop is moderate but definite and the nose is large and black. It has dark round, forward-looking eyes with black eye rims. The ears are covered with long hair, hangs close to the head and carried forward when the dog is alert. The teeth form regular and complete scissor bite. It has an arched neck that is about one-third the length of its body. The ribs are well-sprung while the loin is broad, well-muscled, slightly arched and well-tucked up. The tail is normally carried raised over the back in a curved manner with just the hair touching the back and not the tail itself. The coat is made of fine, silky, soft corkscrew curls which are about 7-10 cm in length and comes mainly in white colour. The ideal height of the Bichon Frise is between 23 – 28 cm at withers.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Bichon Frise was developed from the Barbet or Water Spaniel and the Standard Poodle. All Bichon breeds originated in the Mediterranean area. The Bichon Frise in particular, originally came from Spain and was subsequently brought to the Canary Island of Tenerife where it flourished. Italian sailors rediscovered the breed and brought some of them to mainland Europe in the 14th century. It is in Italy where they became popular with the Italian nobility as a companion dog. It eventually gained success in France during the Renaissance period particularly during the reign of King Henry III until he died in 1589. The Bichon Frise was also showcased in some of the paintings of famous Spanish painter Francisco de Goya. Interest in the Bichon Frise eventually waned and it became a “common dog” in the 1800s where it was found performing in circuses and leading the blind. French breeders worked to preserved the breed after the first World War with the official breed standard adopted on March 5, 1933 and recognized by the FCI in that same year.
The Bichon Frise is a very loving dog and it loves to play. It is a wonderful addition to the family especially those with children. This breed has a happy disposition, except when it is left alone for long periods of time. It has a reputation to suffer from separation anxiety and should not be left alone in the house for a whole day. It is a family-oriented and very sociable breed that needs human company all the time. It is very affectionate and gentle – a true lap dog and a companion. It is a perfect pet inside the house, whether in an apartment in the city, a small suburban house or in a large countryside home. The Bichon Frise does not moult like other breeds. It is often highly recommended for people suffering from allergies. However, it is best to consult a doctor first before considering the Bichon Frise as a pet because different people react differently to dogs.
This lovely little breed is highly intelligent, highly trainable and love learning new tricks. Training must be done by firm but gentle handler with positive reinforcement. Harsh or coercive training methods should never be done to the Bichon Frise because it will only become harder to train. This breed can be trained for obedience, agility and rally competition which is also a good way to bond with the pet. Therapy training is also highly suitable for the Bichon Frise because it makes a perfect therapy dog. Training and socialisation must be started at a very young age and must be constant throughout until adulthood.
The Bichon Frise is one of the breeds of dogs that does not shed. Daily brushing will help prevent mats from forming which may affect the breed’s overall health if it develops severe matting. Daily brushing will also help remove loose hair. Brushing, occasional trimming and bathing will keep the dog looking great and it will also help control dander from escaping into the air. It is advisable to have the dog groomed once a month or every two months.
The Bichon Frise has an average lifespan of about 12 to 13 years but may live longer especially if properly cared for. In a 2004 survey by the Kennel Club, it was found out that the leading causes of death for this breed are old age and cancer. Hematologic causes, including autoimmune haemolytic anaemia (AIHA) and immune-mediated thrombocytopenia are also attributed to some of the deaths. This breed is also prone to protosystemic shunts (PSS) which affect the liver and can either be hereditary or acquired.
This is an adaptable breed suitable to live in any home setting as long as it is properly exercised. The Bicon Frise has a lot of energy for a little dog and it is quite active indoors. Daily walks and fun games for about half an hour on a daily basis will satisfy its mental and physical exercise requirements.
It gets along very well with children because it is a very playful breed with a lot of energy for playtime. It is a sociable animal that tends to get along quite well with other dogs and animals. It has a tendency to become very territorial if it becomes affiliated with a particular space or territory.