The Bichon Frise is classified as a member of the Non-Sporting group by the American Kennel Club. They are ideal for allergy sufferers and being a small dog, they are ideal as a companion pet.
They normally weigh in the region of eight to fourteen pounds and will stand around eight to twelve inches tall. They will walk proudly with their tail held over their back and has a cheerful, alert persona accompanied by a thick white coat.
Suitability of the Bichon in a Family
Due to the fact that the Bichon Frise is a small dog, they are easily handled, picked up and generally they do not mind this too much. This makes them ideal with children. It is advisable to keep the Bichon away from smaller children as overtly rough treatment could lead to injury. Older children that understand they need to be gentle will get on fine with the Bichon Frise. They also get on very well with other dogs so in a family setting this breed will thrive.
Suitability in Small Houses
This breed will happily spend all of it’s time with people and for this they make excellent pets where space is at a premium such as apartment living and smaller homes that have little outdoor space. A fenced yard would be an added bonus but in either case, a walk every day down at your local park will keep your dog healthy and happy.
This breed is not known for it’s stubborn behavior but it is still advisable to take your Bichon Frise dog or puppy through a basic behavior training regime.
Nobody wants their dog to run out into the street or refuse to come on command. You need to be sure that you have control of your pet when it counts. You could teach the basics yourself but obedience classes will ensure that you give your puppy the best start.
As an intelligent, alert dog, you may wish to carry on the basic training to more advanced training. Who knows, you and your Bichon may be attending dog shows in no time!
Health and Diet
Since this breed are a small dog, they are not really expensive to feed. Their diet though, may affect their health. Due to the fact that this breed can suffer from dental problems, you may want to consider putting your Bichon Frise on a dry food diet. Your veterinarian should be able to advise.
With a good diet, any potential dental issues can easily be avoided by cleaning his teeth regularly.
Keeping your dogs coat in check is the ‘Achiles Heel’ of the Bichon Frise dog breed. You should be brushing the coat of your dog quite frequently to remove knots, dirt and loose hair. It is a small step for a Bichoin to go from elegant well groomed pet to mucky mop!
Also consider that once a month, his coat will need trimming and shaping to keep it at it’s best. If you need to have a proffessional do this for you, it is an expense that you will need to consider.
Needless to say, a good set of grooming tools would be a wise investment.
If you have allergy requirements or you would just love a lively, intelligent smaller dog that is full of character, the Bichon Frise may just be the perfect dog for you.