Bichon Frise are an affectionate, non-shedding, small dog breed that are happiest when part of a family that likes to take them everywhere. They are a very sociable dog that do fine in the company of people, children and other household pets. Bichons are active, however, they make great pets for the apartment and condo dwellers. These small lap dogs make great companions for the elderly.
Bichon Frise Facts:
Grooming: The non-shedding, soft, curly coat of a Bichon will need weekly brushings and professional grooming every 5 weeks to maintain their fluffy look.
Social Skills: This small dog does fine with other dogs and household pets.
Personality: Very devoted to its owner, Bichons are very playful and affectionate. They are very gentle mannered, playful and make good watchdogs. Can be noisy when visitors arrive.
Children: Very good with children.
Housing: Very active, but easily adapts to any indoor living conditions. They make great companions for the elderly.
Exercise: Low. Neighborhood walks are fine. They love to go for romps.
Training: Intelligent. Trains easily - begin early training.
Health: Tear duct problems, skin ailments, cataracts. More information on Bichon Frise inherited health disorders.
History: Bichons have existed since the Middle Ages and may have originated in the Mediterranean Region or France, although their exact origin is unknown. It is claimed the breed may have resulted from the mixed crossing of Miniature Poodles, Spaniels and Cayenne dogs.