The Bichon Frise, sometimes called as Tenerife Bichon, is a sturdy little dog that makes a delightful family companion and a glamorous show dog. His silken coat, which consist of spirally formed hair give them the appearance of powder puffs. His bouncy stride and plumed tail carried jauntily over his back gives them a happy, carefree presence.
The breed has many appealing qualitities. He has a strong, independent spirit with a robust tenacity. He loves children and enjoys socializing with other household pets. He is free from skin problems that some all-white breeds and and from "doggy" odor.
Bichons are well-suited for apartment living and for families with older children. They love to be the center of attention and need people to be happy.
Country of Origin: France/Belgium
Utilization: Companion Dog
FCI Classification: Group 9: Companion and Toy Dogs. Bichons and related breeds; AKC Classification: Toy Group
Size: Small (9.5-11.5 inches at shoulders)
Colors: White. There is some allowance made in the AKC standard for shadings in small amounts. Puppies are often born with shadings of buff, cream, or apricot. However, these shadings usually disappear by the time the dog is 12 months old.
Litter Size: 4
Life Span: 15 years
Grooming Requirements: Daily brushing is recommended to prevent mats that can result in skin diseases. Regular baths and grooming are also recommended. Clean the eyes often to prevent staining.
Personality: Friendly, loving, and great companion dogs. Bichons adjust very quickly to new surroundings and people. They love to be the center of your attention.
Social skills: Gets along with other animals.
Suitability for Children: Loves to play with children as long as the children remember they are playing with a living animal and are not too rough.
Exercise Needs: 0-20 minutes a day
Train Ability: Very intelligent but are not always cooperative with house training.
Health & Behavioral Issues: Allergic Dermatitis (Atopy), Cataracts, Congenital hypotrichosis, Corneal Dystrophy, Immotile ciliary dyskinesia, Patellar Luxation, Hemophilia B (factor IX deficiency), Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), Shaker dog syndrome, Deafness. When choosing a Bichon puppy, genetic testing of both parents is very important.