Thinking about purchasing a Bichon Frise? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Bichon Frise breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Bichon Frise owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Bichon Frise and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Bichon Frise Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Bichon Frise and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Bichon Frise Breed Profile
The Bichon Frise is a small, sturdy, white powder puff of a dog whose merry temperament is evident by their plumed tail carried jauntily over their back. The Bichon's coat puffs out all over, rather than hanging down. They are small, sturdy dogs that are slightly larger than a Maltese. The ears are set high on the head and drop down, if ever you could see them in the poil frise (curly coat). Bichon Frise (Bichons) love to be the center of attention and are always eager to please. This Tenerife Dog is a bouncy, friendly dog that will exercise with their owner to the end. Bichons are perky, playful and friendly to all. They are affectionate, responsive, and are apt to cuddling. They make a delightful and amusing companion. Used in the show ring often, their coats require much grooming and intricate care to maintain the accepted puffy appearance. Bichon a Poil Frises can often be seen in doggy beauty parlors. Although they are small and appear high maintenence, Norwegian farmers have recently discovered that this breed can be trained to round up sheep! The Bichon is also free of skin problems, as many small white-haired dogs are not. Gentle-mannered, sensitive, and very playful the Bichon Frise is good with children and other pets.
Other Names: Tenerife Bichon, Tenerife Dog, Bichon Tenerife, Bichon a Poil Frise
Type: Companion Dog; Non-Sporting Dog
9 - 12 inches.
cream or apricot up to 18 months of age. Can be buff, cream or apricot around
the face and ears, but all white is desirable.
Frise are friendly, active, gentle-mannered, playful, energetic and willing
to cuddle. They can be very adaptable, bold and lively. The Tenerife Bichon
is responsive, sensitive, and loves to play. They tend to bark, even in the
house. They may also be difficult to housebreak as they can be stubborn, but
they are also known to be patient dogs. Sometimes when they are happy they will
"zoom" or "blitz", in which they run in circles from a sudden burst of energy.
Watch-dog: High. These dogs
are aware of their surroundings, and may bark a lot to get attention or to warn.
Bichon Frise Care and Training:
The Bichon Frise requires daily coat care. These Tenerife Dogs require brushing,
periodic trimming, and regular bathing. Trim around the eyes and ears with blunt
nosed scissors. Clean the eyes to prevent staining. Cleaning gums and teeth
is important as well, as Bichons tend to acquire tartar and gum infection. Tenerife
Bichons are also hypoallergenic. For the show quality grooming, a specific hair
cut is required by the groomer. As for simply pet-owners, the "puppy cut" will
suffice. Most of their exercise needs can be met with just playing, but they
do love to walk and romp in open areas. Bichon Frises will exercise as long
as the owner can stand, and are happy to do so.
Activity: Outdoors - Medium.
Indoors - Very High. Bichons are very high energy and require much attention
from their owner. They will run and play for quite a while.
Bichon Frise Health Issues: Bichon Frises are fairly healthy dogs, but some common health concerns include luxating patellas, bladder problems, block tear ducts, skin ailments, cancer and autoimmune disease, as well as cataracts and epilepsy.
Life Span: 12 - 16 years,
although some have been known to live up to 21 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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