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Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a small, happy breed whose coat is considered hypoallergenic. A good companion dog for people of all ages.

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Physical Characteristics
  • Small, solid build
  • Black nose
  • Hanging ears are hidden by coat
  • Dark round eyes
  • Feathered tail curls over back
  • Coat: Curly outer hair with silky undercoat
  • Color is most commonly white but sometimes has apricot or cream-colored shadings
  • Height: 9-12 inches
  • Weight: 7-12 pounds
  • Average lifespan: 14 years
  • Happy, loving, social, independent, energetic, intelligent, friendly, cheerful
  • Interaction with people: Good with children and seniors; loves human companionship
  • Interaction with animals: Good with other dogs, pets
  • Training: May be difficult to housebreak
  • Protection: Good watchdog
Medical Conditions
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
At Home
  • OK for apartments
  • Needs daily walks
  • Enjoys running free in safe areas
  • Light shedder
  • Needs frequent grooming
  • Bathe at least once a month
  • Trim hair from around eyes and ears
  • Clean eyes
  • May professionally groom occasionally
Other Facts
  • "Barbichon," which may be the root of this breed's name, is French for "goatee"
  • Often used as currency in the barter system of the Middle Ages
  • Breed of choice for Henry III
  • Considered the "yuppie puppy" during the 1980s
Breed History
  • Originated in the Mediterranean region during the 14th century
  • Favored by Italian nobility during the 1300s
  • Descended as a cross between the Barbet water spaniel and the poodle
  • Popular with French royalty in the 16th century
  • Featured in many famous Spanish paintings, including those of Francisco Goya
For more information about this breed and breeder referral contacts, please visit the Bichon Frise Club of America For breed rescue opportunities, visit BFCA Rescue
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