Bichon Frise Description
The Bichon Frise is a small, sturdy little dog with long hair that curls loosely. The coat of the Bichon Frise is white, and can have markings of cream, apricot, or buff. Some of the show dogs are said to resemble powder puffs. The Bichon Frise has an alert and keen expression, and beautiful drooping white ears.
The weight of the Bichon Frise is around 12-18 pounds, and the height is around 9-12 inches. His black nose and dark eyes stand out in stark contrast to his gleaming white coat, giving him a striking and attractive appearance.
The Bichon Frise is a breed that is sweet tempered, merry, and eager, always wanting to please his owners and family. These dogs are very entertaining and make for great companions, and have a very gentle nature and are sensitive and affectionate. This is a little dog that loves to play, and is very sociable with plenty of personality and a fun loving disposition. The Bichon Frise is a dog that loves to spend time with his family and loves interaction with humans and other animals. They do need plenty of attention and devotion, and love to perform tricks and show off. They are very adaptable, and will be happy in various living environments. However, although they do love to play and frolic outside as well as go for walks, this is not a dog for someone that likes to spend too much time outdoors.
The Bichon Frise is fine for novice dog owners as well as more experienced ones, and will fare well around considerate children. He will also get on well with other pets and is amiable around strangers. These dogs are not bossy or dominant, but they can be very independent. Housebreaking the Bichon Frise can be a difficult task, and some can be quite noise with their high pitched barks. All in all, the Bichon Frise is a wonderful little dog with a cheerful outlook, bags of enthusiasm, a sociable personality, and is perfect as a family pet or companion dog.
Although the Bichon Frise does not tend to shed much, he is pretty high maintenance when it comes to grooming. You will need to brush the coat of these dogs on a daily basis in order to keep them looking good, and every couple of months or so some clipping and trimming recommended in order to reduce the time required to groom the Bichon Frise. You should also ensure that you check the ears regularly to reduce the chance of infection, and that you trim the hair around the bottom for hygiene reasons.
The Bichon Frise was developed in the Mediterranean area, when a Barbet (a large water spaniel breed) was crossed with small white lapdogs. The Barbet name was later developed to "Barbichon cam," which was later shortened to "Bichon." Similar breeds that were developed from the Barbet were the Poodle (also called the Caniche) and the Maltese. Even though they are now separate breeds, they have a common ancestry that gives them certain similar similarities. The group of dogs known as the Barbichon developed into four breed lines: Bichon Bolognese, Bichon Havanese, Bichon Maltese, and the Bichon Tenerife.
The Bichon Frise of today has its ancestry in the Bichon Tenerife breed line, which found its way to the Mediterranean area, onto the Canary Islands or rather, "the Island of Tenerife." Called the Dog of Love, sailors used to bring these little puppies into the area for the women they admired and sought favors with. Eventually, the Bichon's popularity developed under Henry III. Carrying his little white Bichon around in court, other court individuals did as the king did. The term "bichonner" became one with the beautiful, beribboned, and pampered little Bichon Frise from then on.
As human nature does with mankind's whims and whistles, by the end of the 1800s, the cute little court favored cuddly pet was out on the streets. The little white dogs learned how to earn their keep by doing tricks in the circuses or fairs. The characteristics of the pampered darling of the court demonstrated to the world that its charm, cunning ability, and physical sturdiness brought the little dog to where he is now.
The Bichon Frise is an easy dog to train, as it is quick and intelligent. A naturally obedient breed, they have a history of being easily trained as a star performer, doing tricks, therapy work, and agility shows. This breed requires gentle and firm training, as they are so gentle and sensitive that any harsh training or negative corrections will have an opposite effect on the puppy or adult dog. But all trainers/owners will eventually need a collar and leash to begin the training-the many types available will depend on the person doing the training, as each one is a matter of personal preference and what the dog needs.
Some of the training collar tools that are acceptable for the Bichon training, as chain or nylon chokers will matt and tangle in their hair, are the buckle collars, leather-training collars, or even the reversed pinch collars. Each one will do well for training a Bichon Frise. The head collar is becoming very popular as a training tool for most dogs in training classes. It looks like a horse halter, going around the dog's face with a leash attachment under the muzzle. At first, the dog will fight the halter type collar, but once it gets used it-those who have used it say it works wonders and they have more control over the dog.
Training the Bichon works well with food treats along with the leash and collar. As each dog is different, the most important thing is that a well-trained dog will become a better companion along with way. Positive reinforcement and gentle training are the choice training of the day, with kindness, persistence, and patience. Oh yes, and lots of love.
The Bichon Frise has a life expectancy of around 14 years. A number of health problems and disorders are associated with this breed, and this includes luxating patella, epilepsy, cataracts, bleeding disorders, allergies, and bladder stones. The parents of your Bichon Frise puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.