The Bichon Frise breed were first bred in the 1300’s in France as a result of breeding a maltese and poodle. After this their popularity quickly took off and are ever increasing. Today their popularity spans worldwide.
- The Bichon frise breed are gently mannered, playful and very affectionate. They can be, but are very rarely aggressive.
- They have lots of energy and does well when paired with children because of their sunny disposition.
- They also get along great with other dogs
- These dogs have a great need to be with their families. They do well as inside the house dogs but when left on their own for extensive periods can suffer from separation anxiety and become destructive and display obsessive constant barking.
- They have a lovely fluffy white coat with a round face and teddy like appearance and they love to be groomed and showed off with.
They often appear on the list of hypo-allergenic dogs. This is however only achieved if the dog is kept immaculately groomed. They have a double coat which should be brushed daily and groomed professionally at least every 6 weeks. The longer you wish to keep the coat, the more grooming is required. When males are sterilised their urine becomes less strong and they also do not have the urge to mark their territory. This helps to keep the coat cleaner and whiter as there are no dark urine stains on the legs.
Their lifespan is about 12 to 13 years. They are prone to skin problems and allergies and often suffer from atopica, hot spots, and other skin complaints. They are also fussy and picky eaters at the best of times.