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Bichon Frise Breed Information

The Bichon Frise is a bundle of joy with a playful attitude, an upbeat personality, a sunny disposition, and an adoring nature all beautifully wrapped in a marshmallow-like costume. These adorable pups are energetic, happy, highly trainable, and friendly to all. They adore their humans, are wonderful with children, and make fast friends with other dogs and strangers. One thing that Bichon Frise owners agree on is that these dogs love to love. They are naturally sociable and warm towards everyone they meet and they crave cuddles and affection. Throughout history, the Bichon Frise has been a most adored companion pet at royal courts, a wonderful circus performer, and an admired therapy dog.

BREED TYPE / MIX Purebred ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Minimum TRAINING Responsive TEMPERAMENT Affectionate, Cheerful, Gentle, Playful ADULT WEIGHT 10-16 lbs ADULT HEIGHT 10-12 in LIFE SPAN 12-15 yrs

Bichon Frise Characteristics

  • The Bichon Frise is also known as Bichon Tenerife, Bichon a Poil Frise, and Barbichon Frise
  • The Bichons Frises are gentle, cheerful, and loving, and they make excellent therapy dogs
  • Outgoing and social, the Bichons make fast friends with kids, dogs, other household pets, and strangers
  • Bichon Frise puppies are adorable, easy to train and groom, and a joy to have around. They are the perfect puppies for first-time pet owners
  • Minimal to non-shedding, the Bichon Frise is a semi-hypoallergenic breed  
  • The Bichon Frise adapts well to both small and large living situations as long as he is with family and properly exercised  
  • Vigilant and curious, the Bichon Frises are great watchdogs
  • The Bichon Frise is a fantastic companion pet for families with children, seniors, couples, and singles
  • A member of the Non-Sporting Group, the Bichon Frise breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club  

Bichon Frise Breeders

Like people, the most critical moments in a puppy's life starts in the beginning. It truly takes a special breeder to assist with nourishing and raising an Bichon Frise puppy properly. Only the nation's best Bichon Frise breeders can provide the best quality of life. Here at Premier Pups, we work hand-in-hand with our breeders. Providing a safe, natural, comfortable, and healthy environment for the nursing mother and her baby is essential.

The footage produced in our videos is 100% real. We directly take un-staged, unedited, and only authentic scenes at our breeder locations. We only align ourselves with Bichon Frise breeders whose standards are much higher than the rest. We spend consistent on-site time with our selected breeders and can undoubtedly say that our puppies come from a caring environment.

Bichon Frise Appearance

Although they resemble puffy white clouds, Bichon Frise dogs are in fact little rays of sunshine. They are small, fluffy, happy-go-lucky dogs. Their disposition is sunny, their personality cheerful, and their demeanor elegant and graceful. Bichon Frises are small, sturdy-built, hardy dogs. They weigh between 10 to 16 pounds and stand at 10 to 12 inches tall. They have dark round eyes with an expressive and inquisitive gaze, black button noses, floppy ears, and fluffy tails worn curled over their backs. Their coats are medium-length, soft, and silky, and can come in white with various combinations of apricot, cream, gray, and buff.  

The Bichon Frise sheds very little if at all and can be considered a semi-hypoallergenic dog, a great choice for those suffering from mild pet-related allergies. He is also a forever-young Bichon who doesn’t appear to age and retains his puppy joy and playfulness well into his teen years.

Bichon Frise Temperament

The Bichon Frise is a sweet-natured, calm, and gentle lapdog companion pet. He is naturally open to meeting new people, making new canine friends, and participating in social interactions. He enjoys being admired, praised, cuddled, and loved. Like most small dog breeds, the Bichon Frise loves to be pampered and spoiled. He will always find a way to jump in the center of attention, perform a trick or a funny stunt and get his dose of well-deserved belly rubs, praise, and affection.  

When it comes to his family, the Bichon Frise loves all family members in equal measure. He doesn’t pick favorites and enjoys relaxing on the couch with his pet parents as much as he loves playing with the family kids. He also loves taking part in every family activity from camping, strolling casually in the park, to barbeques and vacations. The Bichon Frise is very fond of canine games and interactive dog toys that keep his body moving and his mind entertained.  

The charismatic Bichon Frise, although vigilant and vocal when need be, is not an aggressive dog. He will happily alert approaching visitors but other than that, he is more likely to cuddle intruders than bark or bite them away.  
Bichon Frise puppies are very bright and easy to train. They are attentive, responsive, fast learners, people-pleasers, and obedient students. Speedy, strong, and hardy, these pups can be trained for agility, rally, and obedience competitions. Some of their favorite activities include zooming around, chasing air, cuddling, testing barking capabilities, and napping in a curl.  

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Bichon Frise History

The Bichon Frise, a breed of Mediterranean roots, originated during the 13th century in Tenerife of Canary Islands. Also known as Bichon Tenerife and Bichon a Poil Frise, this lovely breed is believed to be a descendant of a Barbet dog or a water spaniel. The Bichon Family also referred to as the Barbichon family, is composed of five amazing breeds – the Bichon Bolognese, Coton de Tulear, Bichon Maltese, Bichon Havanese, and Bichon Frise. It is believed that during the mid-13th century, European sailors who often did trade business in the Canary Islands, became enchanted by the fluffy white dogs and started taking them home to Italy, France, and Spain. Upon their arrival, the Bichon Frises made their way into the hearts of royalty and became the favored companion pets in many kingdoms across Europe. It is said about his majesty King Henry III of England that he didn’t care much for being without his precious Bichons and found a way to carry them with him in a basket on his chest.  

For many centuries the Bichon Frise kept his status as the luxurious companion pet of the wealthy and powerful. When things took a wrong turn and kingdoms started failing, the pampered dogs found themselves in a difficult situation needing to fend for themselves. The Bichons proved to be hardy dogs with a knack for entertaining and were soon taken in by circus performers. Highly trainable, amazing performers, elegant, and fun, these gorgeous dogs proved to be resilient and were met yet again with great popularity. The Bichon Frises went on to become the most adored companion pet across Europe for many generations. These treasured pups were given the name Bichon a Poil Frise – Bichon with curly hair in France in 1933.  In 1950 the Bichon Frise made his way to the United States and was given official recognition by the American Kennel Club in 1971. The lovely Bichon Frises also have their own club called the Bichon Frise Club of America that was founded in 1964.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average lifespan of the Bichon Frise? The average lifespan is between 12 to 15 years.

Are Bichon Frise’s good with children? Bichons are excellent with children. They are fun loving and playful pups that love to give and receive affection. As with all dogs, make sure to supervise your children when playing with a dog. You don’t want your kids to accidentally hurt the dog or the dog to hurt the children.

What is the temperament of the Bichon Frise? These sweet spirited little pups are full of love and devotion. They thrive on recieving attention and often seek it out – they will also let you know if they aren’t getting enough! They are energetic and sociable and enjoy running errands, going for walks or just being in the company of their owner and other people.

Do Bichon Frise’s shed a lot? This breed sheds very little if at all. This makes them a good choice for people who may suffer from canine allergies. However, it’s always important to meet a puppy or dog in person so you can see how you will respond.

What is the origin of the Bichon Frise? The Bichon is of Mediterranean ancestry, descending from the Barbet or Water Spaniel, and is related to the Maltese. Bichons have been a distinct breed since about 1400.

Do Bichon Frise’s require a lot of grooming? Yes, this is a high maintenance breed that requires frequent coat care. Since Bichons do not shed, the hair they do loose remains in the coat. Your little one will need frequent brushings weekly to avoid tangles and mats. They will also require regulars scheduled professional grooming appointments.

How often should my Bichon go to the groomer? They should have regular appointments scheduled every 3 to 5 weeks depending on the length of their coat. The shorter it is clipped the easier it is to manage and the longer they can go between appointments.

Are Bichon Frise’s good apartment dogs? Bichon Frises are great apartment dogs. They are highly adaptable in nature and require low to moderate exercise. They don’t need a lot of space and they are content staying indoors. Though, you don’t want to keep them pent up all the time as they still need to stretch their legs and get some fresh air.

Are Bichon Frise’s easy to train? Bichons are quite easy to train as they are eager to please their owner and love getting the one on one attention. Though like any dog, patience and consistency is key.

Does this breed like to swim? Though there are some exceptions, most Bichon’s are not known to be strong swimmers and should never be left unsupervised around water.

What colors is the Bichon Frise available in? The Bichon’s coat may be white, white and apricot, white and cream and white and Buff.

What are the most common medical concerns for a Bichon Frise? These dogs are known to live long and healthy lives however like any canine they are prone to ailments as they age. The most common concerns that affect this breed are various allergies, patellar luxation, gingivitis, bladder infections, cataracts, and liver shunt.

Is there a national Bichon Frise club? Yes, the Bichon Frise Club of America was founded in 1964.

Are Bichon Frise’s good for first time pet owners? Yes. They are friendly, loving, and make great companions. They adjust very quickly to new surroundings and people and are always eager to socialize. They love to be the center of attention.

What is the difference between "Pet" and "Show" quality Bichon Frise? Every Bichon Frise is a pet however, some are show, too. In order for a Bichon Frise to be show quality, the dog needs to match the American Kennel Club (AKC) standards as close as possible. These standards can be found by visiting the AKC website or contacting one of their representatives.