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Bichon Frise - Care and Grooming

The Bichon Frise is of Mediterranean ancestry. His oldest ancestor is the Barbet, or Water Spaniel, from which the name Barbichon cam, later shortened to Bichon. Also descended from the Barbet are the Caniche, or Poodle, and the Maltese. They have certain similarities because of their common ancestry, but each long ago became a separate breed.
The Barbichon group of dogs evolved into four breeds: The Bichon Bolognese, the Bichon Havanese, the Bichon Maltese and the Bichon Tenerife. From the Bichon Tenerife came today's Bichon Frise. These lively and affectionate dogs found their way from the Mediterranean area to the Canary Islands, specifically to the Island of Tenerife. They probably traveled as the companions of Spanish sailors, who may have used them as items of barter. 

Bichon Frise Temperament

The Bichon Frise is a breed that is sweet tempered, merry, and eager, always wanting to please his owners and family. These dogs are very entertaining and make for great companions, and have a very gentle nature and are sensitive and affectionate. This is a little dog that loves to play, and is very sociable with plenty of personality and a fun loving disposition. The Bichon Frise is a dog that loves to spend time with his family and loves interaction with humans and other animals. They do need plenty of attention and devotion, and love to perform tricks and show off. They are very adaptable, and will be happy in various living environments. However, although they do love to play and frolic outside as well as go for walks, this is not a dog for someone that likes to spend too much time outdoors.

The Bichon Frise is fine for novice dog owners as well as more experienced ones, and will fare well around considerate children. He will also get on well with other pets and is amiable around strangers. These dogs are not bossy or dominant, but they can be very independent. Housebreaking the Bichon Frise can be a difficult task, and some can be quite noise with their high pitched barks. All in all, the Bichon Frise is a wonderful little dog with a cheerful outlook, bags of enthusiasm, a sociable personality, and is perfect as a family pet or companion dog.

Bichon Frise Appearance

The Bichon Frise is a small, sturdy little dog with long hair that curls loosely. The coat of the Bichon Frise is white, and can have markings of cream, apricot, or buff. Some of the show dogs are said to resemble powder puffs. The Bichon Frise has an alert and keen expression, and beautiful drooping white ears. The weight of the Bichon Frise is around 12-18 pounds, and the height is around 9-12 inches. His black nose and dark eyes stand out in stark contrast to his gleaming white coat, giving him a striking and attractive appearance.

Bichon Frise Grooming

Although the Bichon Frise does not tend to shed much, he is pretty high maintenance when it comes to grooming. You will need to brush the coat of these dogs on a daily basis in order to keep them looking good, and every couple of months or so some clipping and trimming recommended in order to reduce the time required to groom the Bichon Frise. You should also ensure that you check the ears regularly to reduce the chance of infection, and that you trim the hair around the bottom for hygiene reasons.

Bichon Frise Health Problems and Life Expectancy

The Bichon Frise has a life expectancy of around 14 years. A number of health problems and disorders are associated with this breed, and this includes luxating patella, epilepsy, cataracts, bleeding disorders, allergies, and bladder stones. The parents of your Bichon Frise puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.

Bichon Frise History

The Bichon Frise originated from Tenerife and France, and although the exact details of its origins are unknown it is thought to have a very long history in terms of its ancestry. The breed's name means ?curly lap dog' and was given to it because of its appearance.

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