The Bichon Frise descends from Barbet Water Spaniel and the Poodle and it was first recognized by the AKC in 1975. It belongs to the Bolognese Bichon, the Bichon Tenerife, the Havanese and the Maltese families.
The Bichon Frise measures between 23 and 30 centimeters and weighs between 3 and 5 pounds at maturity. It has a rounded head, dark round eyes, dropped covered ears and it carries its tail over the back. It has double coat that is soft to the touch, an outer coat of 3-4 inches long curlier than the undercoat. It is colored in solid white, cream, apricot or gray. Its coat is hypoallergenic as it does not shed and does not smell.
The Bichon Frise is independent, intelligent, affectionate, lively and gentle. It has a joyful temperament and is easy to train. It is sociable and it loves to make its owner happy and to be always near him. It is gentle and it is ideal for therapy. Due to its friendliness, it gets along very well with other pets and humans. It is competitive and obedient and loves to perform tricks. Pay attention to not spoil it too much.
Bichon Frise is intelligent and loves to learn tricks and it is highly trainable. It needs a firm but gentle trainer who has to avoid harsh corrections or scolding. If not properly trained, it tends to develop behavioral problems such barking and separation anxiety.
Bichon Frise has a small size that makes it ideal for apartment living. It has lot of energy and needs daily exercise, including walks and games. It can be very active indoors.
You have to groom and bath your Bichon Frise every month. Trim it around eyes and ears to prevent staining. You should regularly brush it to avoid tangles and clean the ears.
Although it is a small dog, Bichon Frise has lot of energy and needs plenty of exercise. It can become very active indoors, but it also needs walks and other activities outdoors.
Feed it with dry quality food to avoid dental problems and to offer it all the necessary nutrients.
The Bichon Frise is prone to premature tooth loss, cataracts, watery eyes, skin and ear ailments, epilepsy, dislocated kneecaps, flea bites sensitivity.
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