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Bichon Frise - Family Dog

Updated: Feb 16

The Bichon Frise (pronounced BEE-shawn FREE-say; the plural is Bichons Frises) is a cheerful, small dog breed with a love of mischief and a lot of love to give. With their black eyes and fluffy white coat, the Bichon looks almost like a child’s toy. Bichon Frise is very popular in South Korea and Taiwan.



It doesn’t take long to realize that the Bichon Frise can be your happiest and most enthusiastic companion. Bichon Frise is smart and playful, and even novice pet parents and apartment dwellers will get along great with these dogs.


However, they do need plenty of playtime and activity, and they don’t care for being left home alone for long hours of the day. If you can give your dog lots of attention and love, you’ll get it back tenfold from an adoring Bichon Frise.


With compact bodies, baby-doll faces, and fluffy white hair, Bichon Frise is a very appealing breed whose looks are enhanced by a perky, good-natured disposition. Bichon Frise often mistaken for white Poodles.


The Bichon Frise as he's affectionately called, is related to several small breeds: the Coton de Tulear, a dog who originated off the African coast on an island near Madagascar; the Bolognese, bred in northern Italy near the city of Bologna; the Havanese, from Cuba; and the Maltese, developed on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean. Bichon Frise also appear to have originated in the Mediterranean and to have been taken along on trade routes into other countries.



Bichon Frise may be small dogs — large specimens reach barely a foot in height — but they're hardy. Despite their diminutive size, they're not classified as a Toy breed by the American Kennel Club; instead, they're members of the Non-Sporting Group.


Bichons are always white (although puppies may be cream or pale yellow), with black eyes and black noses. Their arched necks give them a proud, confident look, while their well-plumed tails curve gracefully over their backs.


If you're looking for a wonderful family pet, consider the Bichon. This dog loves to play. He's always happy (except when left alone for long periods of time), and his demeanor is affectionate and gentle.


Because they don't shed like other breeds, Bichon Frise often are recommended for people with allergies. This is something you should discuss with your allergist, since not everyone reacts the same way to a Bichon. Before making a commitment to getting a Bichon — or any type of dog — be sure to spend some time in the presence of the breed if you have allergies.


Bichon Frise have a reputation for suffering from separation anxiety. If you must leave your dog home alone for long periods of time, this may not be the dog for you. Bichon Frise don't just like to be with their families, they need to be with their families. They adjust well to a variety of lifestyles, as long as they don't have to spend too much time alone.


Because of their small size, Bichon Frise is a good pet for people who live in apartments. But they do have a lot of energy, and they need daily exercise, including walks and games.


Bichons are intelligent, smart and love to learn tricks, and they're highly trainable. When training, you need to be firm but gentle. Harsh corrections and scolding will break a Bichon's heart. Many Bichon Frise owners train their dogs for obedience, agility, and rally competition. Both dogs and owners enjoy this activity, and it's a good way to bond more closely with your Bichon. Another activity that brings out the best in the Bichon is therapy work. Because they're gentle and sure to bring a smile to anyone's face, they make perfect therapy dogs for visits in nursing homes and hospitals.


Bichon Frise generally get along well with other animals and people, but they will alert you when strangers come to the door.


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