Bichon Frise Breed Focus

As a dog that was created specifically as a human companion, the Bichon Frise is a happy affectionate little dog, with a long and rather interesting history.

The breed is believed to have originated in Spain, the result of cross breeding the Poodle and the Barbet Water Spaniel. As far back as the 13th century, Spanish sailors were using these little dogs as an item of barter, and as a result the breed spread across western Europe. Many ended up in France, and by the 1500s, the Bichon was a firm favorite of French royalty.

In addition, Bichons found their way into circuses and performing troupes due to their remarkable ability to learn and perform tricks.

The Bichon Frise is a small dog with a sturdy build. It stands up to 12 inches at the withers and can weigh as much as 12 pounds. The coat is soft and silky and is always white, sometimes with cream or apricot shading on the ears. The coat is hypoallergenic, meaning that this is a good breed for people allergic to dander. The Bichon is classified in the Toy Group..

As a dog bred to be a human companion it’s no surprise that the Bichon has a wonderfully balanced personality. They are friendly, outgoing and affectionate, forming close bonds with those they love. They are good with children and other pets, and generally just a joy to have around.

Training one of these dogs is generally a breeze, as they are very intelligent and biddable. Surprisingly though, the Bichon is difficult to potty train.

This is a relatively healthy breed, although not immune to the conditions typically present in purebred dogs. Cancer, epilepsy, cataracts and fleabite allergies are among the health issues that afflict the breed, while liver shunts, a condition requiring surgery, is also known to occur. Despite this, the Bichon is a long-lived breed, with a lifespan often exceeding 15 years.

Grooming a Bichon Frise is a labor intensive task requiring daily brushing as well as regular clipping to keep the coat in shape. The dog can be bathed in required, but don’t do this more than once a month as the skin is quite sensitive. Always use a mild dog shampoo, never a human shampoo.

This is an ideal breed for keeping in an apartment. The Bichon loves to be close to its human companions and will develop separation anxiety if left alone for long periods. They are energetic dogs but can meet most of their exercise needs with indoor games. However, it is still important to get your dog out of doors, for at least a short walk, every day.

Good names for a Bichon Frise can be hard to find. The best advice is to search one of the online puppy names, sites, and my personal favorite is Puppy Names HQ. This site has thousands of excellent dog names, including a mega-database of girl dog names to pick from.