About Bichon Frise Puppies
Bichon Frises, pronounced BEE-shon Free-Zays, are a small, friendly and relatively healthy breed of dog with a long history as terrific companions. They have bright expressions and white, fluffy coats that require regular maintenance but that are less allergenic for people with allergies. Read on to learn more and determine whether a Bichon Frise puppy is the right breed for your family.
Today’s Bichon Frise puppies descend from a Mediterranean breed known as the Barbet. Bichon Frises worked on ships with Spanish sailors, but as the sailors traded them on different continents, the breed became famous around the world, especially in the 1300s among Italian nobility and in the 1500s among French royalty. To the nobles and royals who owned them, Bichon Frises became known as great companions rather than as workers. Although Bichon Frises lost status around World War I, they grew popular in circus acts, eventually regaining their popularity with pet owners when they came to the United States in the 1950s.
Temperament and Training
Bichon Frise puppies are ideally suited for family life. They are very playful but are known to be gentle with children. These outgoing dogs crave companionship and usually enjoy cuddling with their favorite humans. When they are not cuddling, Bichon Frises are very playful and can get bursts of energy and race around the house. In addition to in-home running, Bichon Frises do need daily exercise outdoors, but they can adapt to apartment life as long as they get a long walk.
Training Bichon Frises typically goes well because of the breed’s high intelligence. They love to learn tricks and do well with crate training to prevent accidents in the home. Males are considered particularly easy to train.
Appearance and Grooming
Bichon Frises typically stand between 9 and 12 inches high at the shoulder and weigh between 7 and 12 pounds. Their bodies are short and sturdy, with broad chests and long necks. Their dark eyes, nose, and lips stand out in contrast to their white or slightly cream-colored coats, giving give them the appearance of always being alert and curious.
The characteristic puffy white coat is silky underneath but springy and coarse on top, and groomers typically either style Bichon Frises’ coats in a short poodle cut or leave it long and rounded. Between professional groomings, which you should schedule about every two months, you will need to brush your Bichon Frise’s coat every other day to prevent the long hair from becoming matted.
Bichon Frises are great dogs for allergy sufferers because they have hair rather than fur. The coat is always growing, which means frequent grooming but no shedding. They are not entirely non-allergenic because, like all dogs, they still produce allergy-causing dander, but the effect is significantly reduced.
Health and Longevity
Because Bichon Frises are known for relatively good health, you can expect your dog to live at least 12 or 13 years and possibly well into his or her late teenage years. Like all purebred dogs, Bichon Frises are prone to certain hereditary conditions including hip dysplasia, displaced kneecaps, and shrinking thigh bones. Surgery generally corrects most of these conditions, which are not usually life-threatening, giving Bichon Frises a typical lifespan longer than that of most breeds. Other rare genetic conditions are possible but unlikely as long as your puppy is healthy when you buy it. Most small dogs are prone to periodontal disease, so keep your Bichon Frise’s teeth clean at home and with professional cleanings.
With the proper care of their coat, teeth, and overall health, Bichon Frises will offer your family many years of faithful companionship, playfulness, and entertainment. Because they are easy to train, good with children and almost entirely hypoallergenic, Bichon Frises offer families many advantages. Reward your family with a Bichon Frise’s love by purchasing this breed of puppy for your family now.