AKC Group: Non-sporting
Developed in the Mediterranean, a Barbet was cross bred with a small white lapdog. Todays Bichon Frise descended from the Bichons-of-Tenerife. Called the Dogs of Love, sailors would give these dogs to their paramours. Henry III carried his Bichon everywhere and the commoners followed suit. By the end of 1800s, Bichons were all over city streets because they are so cuddly and cute.
Size: 9 to 12 inches, 7 to 12 pounds.
Color: White, some bloodlines are cream or have cream patches.
Life span: 12 to 15 years.
Health problems: Luxating patella, epilepsy, cataracts, bleeding disorders, allergies or bladder stones occur regularly.
These toy dogs are small and sturdy with long, loosely curled hair. Bichon Frise are alert and have droopy ears. Their black eyes and nose stand out in all that white.
Bichon Frise are sweet tempered, happy and eager to please you. They can keep you entertained for hours. They are gentle, sensitive and affectionate. They love to play and show off their sweet personality. They need plenty of love and affection in return; don’t worry it’s not chore with a Bichon Frise. They do love the outdoors, but not strenuous activity. (Short walks. Short play sessions outside please.) They like tolerant children, all other pets, even strangers. House-breaking may be the only frustration you’ll have with him. Some Bichon Frise can be noisy with a loud bark.
A light shedder, your Bichon Frise will need to be brushed daily. Every couple of months, he’ll need a trim and clipping. Check the ears regularly to reduce infections and trim the hair on their bottoms for hygenic reasons often.