|Bichon Ó poil fries
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
||Group 9 Section 1 #215
||Group 1 (Toys)
||Group 6 - Non-Sporting Dogs
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
A Bichon FrisÚ (French,
literally Curly lap dog; often spelled Bichon Frise in English) is
a small dog that is the size of a large domestic cat. They are popular pets,
similar to poodles.
The Bichon FrisÚ is the best known member of the
Bichons weigh between 7 and 18 lb (3 to 8 kg) and stand 9 to 12 inches (23 to
30 cm) at the
withers. They have curly, soft, white fur that must be groomed regularly and
carefully to maintain a neat appearance and avoid matting. Professional grooming
is recommended to achieve your best looking Bichon. Their tails are usually left
longer in length, and carried curled over their backs. Black eyes, nose, and
lips provide a striking contrast to the all-white fur. Often times, Bichons
appear to be smiling.
Bichons do not shed their
fur, as a result
these dogs are one of the
hypoallergenic dog breeds popular to people with
Though they are not
nonallergenic, it is still possible to have an allergic reaction to a dog of
this breed, it is simply less likely than it would be with some other breeds.
Bichons are intelligent little dogs and demonstrate an inquisitive
personality. They are very energetic and enjoy going for long walks, climbing on
furniture, and chewing bones. However, Bichons are most comfortable being close
to their owners regardless of the activity, and enjoy lounging as lap dogs.
Bichons are easily housebroken using the crate method, but males tend to be a
bit easier to train than females. They may become territorial, and sometimes
jealous of attention given to other household animals, but generally get along
well with other dogs (particularly other Bichons). Bichons are extremely
friendly dogs and are easily excited when encountering people. There is a mutual
fondness between Bichons and children, and therefore they make great pets for
families. The Bichon Frise exhibits a trait called the "Bichon Buzz" - suddenly
the Bichon will put its ears back, start growling and run feverishly around in
obstacle-course fashion for a few moments.
Although many all-white breeds suffer from a variety of ailments including
ear infections and skin problems, Bichons have, for the most part, escaped these
problems. Bichons live an average of 12 to 14 years.
Care must be taken to keep the face of a Bichon FrisÚ clean and trimmed, as
eye discharge and mucus tend to accumulate in the fur that grows in front of
their eyes. Bichons do not tolerate the heat well. It is not unusual for members
of this breed to have problems with
luxating patellas and
An unbrushed bichon frise.
The breed has existed since the
Ages. Its exact origins are uncertain, although it is fairly clear that they
originated in the
Mediterranean region. Sailors had transported it to the island of
14th century. They were further bred as
lap dogs for
French royalty and were a court favorite by the
century. The dogs ended up on the streets during the
French Revolution, where they were caught and trained to be
They are a versatile, intelligent, and hardy dog despite popular use as a
companion animal and
farmers in Norway
have recently used the Bichon for rounding up
sheep, which is
not a commonly mentioned breed use.
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