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Bichon Frise Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Bichon Frise so you can get to know the breed more.

Group Companion Dogs
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OriginSpain Belgium
Other Names
What other names does the Bichon Frise have? The dog breed also known as...
Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Bichon Frise recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Bichon Frise recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Bichon Frise breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubThe Bichon Frise Club Of America
Price
How much does the Bichon Frise puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Bichon Frise price:
$700-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Bichon Frise, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Bichon Frise for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Bichon Frise gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Bichon Frise size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Bichon Frise weigh? Bichon Frise weight:
7-13 pounds (3-6 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Bichon Frise? Bichon Frise average weight:
10 pounds (4.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Bichon Frise? Bichon Frise height:
Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Bichon Frise average height:
Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Bichon Frise have? What does this canine coat look like?
Curly
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Bichon Frise's coat?
WhiteApricotBuffCream
Grooming
How to groom the Bichon Frise and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Bichon Frise requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your Bichon Frise is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Bichon Frise dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Bichon Frise? Bichon Frise shedding level:
Bichon Frises are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Bichon Frise have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionatePlayfulSensitiveCheerfulGentleIntelligent
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Bichon Frise? Are they intelligent?
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Bichon Frise dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Bichon Frise is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Bichon Frise sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Bichon Frises don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Bichon Frises are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Bichon Frise need? Bichon Frise social needs:
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Bichon Frise dogs bark a lot? Why does my Tenerife Dog bark?
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Bichon Frise good as a watchdog?
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Bichon Frise dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential
Do Bichon Frise bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Bichon Frise? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Bichon Frise? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Bichon Frise do?
Bichon Frises have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Bichon Frises need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Bichon Frise to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Bichon Frise roam?
Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Bichon Frise have high prey drive?
Bichon Frises don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals. Their prey drive is low.
Apartment Friendly
Is Bichon Frise good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Bichon Frises tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Bichon Frise dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Bichon Frises are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Bichon Frise dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Bichon Frise and children:
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Bichon Frise dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Bichon Frise good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Bichon Frise dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Bichon Frise can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Bichon Frises good office dogs? Do Bichon Frises make good office friendly dogs? Can Bichon Frises be office dogs?
No
Bichon Frise is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Bichon Frise dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Bichon Frise temperament with senior people? Are Bichon Frise dogs good for elderly owners?
Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Bichon Frise dogs get along with other pets? Are Bichon Frise dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Bichon Frises are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Bichon Frise breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Bichon Frises are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Bichon Frise be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Bichon Frise is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Bichon Frise be a therapy dog?
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Bichon Frise breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Bichon Frise be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Bichon Frise is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Bichon Frise be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Bichon Frise is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Bichon Frise be a boat dog?
Not really
Bichon Frise breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Bichon Frise be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Bichon Frise is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Bichon Frise dogs have health problems?
The Bichon Frise is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Bichon Frise breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Bichon Frise breed? Health risks of Bichon Frise:
AllergiesBladder StonesHip DysplasiaJuvenile CataractsPatellar LuxationVaccination Sensitivity
Life Expectancy
How long do Bichon Frise dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Bichon Frise be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Bichon Frise breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Bichon Frises do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Bichon Frise have?
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Bichon Frise dogs require per day?
Bichon Frises exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Bichon Frise need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Bichon Frise risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Bichon Frise's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Bichon Frise's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Bichon Frise drool?
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Bichon Frise could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Bichon Frise. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Bichon Frise pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Bichon Frise pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Bichon Frise: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Bichon Frise have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Bichon Frise have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-5 puppies

Pros & Cons of Bichon Frise

Pros
  • Hypoallergenic: Bichon Frises do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Bichon Frises are low shedders.
  • Drooling tendency: The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Adaptability: Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Bichon Frises are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Cons
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Bichon Frises tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Bichon Frise is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Bichon Frises are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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Reviews

  • Beckett

    Jul 21, 2020, 9:51:51 PM:

    My Bichon is VERY quiet (almost never barks or howls, he tends to make grumbling noises instead). He barely sheds, and despite what the website says, we are able to groom him ourselves. He's very cuddly and playful, and sleeps a lot.

  • karen

    Apr 30, 2020, 7:41:07 PM:

    very barky dog.

  • Janice

    Apr 30, 2020, 7:35:56 PM:

    i love my bishon she is very cute and loves getting groomed, and pampered! i made her an instagram and it has 2000 followers! little star in the making!

  • Jessica

    Apr 30, 2020, 7:34:22 PM:

    very cute and calm dog, sleeps a lot and is very relaxed and affectionate, doesn’t care when my little brother moves him around!