Country of Origin: France
Group: Companion and Toy Dogs
Section: Bichons and related breeds
Original Function: companion, performer
Todays Function: companion
Dimension Male: 25-38 cm
Dimension Female: 25-35 cm
Weight Male: 3-3,36 kg
Weight Female: 3-3,36 kg
Litter Size: 1-6 puppies, average 4
Life span: 12-15 years
Other Names: Tenerife Dog, Bichon Tenerife, Bichon A Poil Frise
Colors: The color of the bichon frise is white, with some bloodlines having cream or patches of cream shadin
Living: Apartment or small living establishments are for small dogs, large low-level energy dogs, or pet own
Recognized: CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, NKC, BFCA, NZKC, ANKC, APRI, ACR
The Bichon Frise is a charming puffball of a dog with a loosely curled double coat consisting of a textured outer coat lined with a soft, fine, silky undercoat that is 3 to 4 inches 7-10cm., long and is virtually hypo-allergenic. It is usually all white, but cream, gray or apricot hairs are permitted. It can be shown clipped like a poodle or long-haired with clippings only at the feet and muzzle. This breed should be trimmed for a rounded appearance. It has a moderate muzzle that is not pointed. Its stop is only slightly accentuated. It has a scissors bite with round dark intelligent eyes and hanging ears that are well covered with hair. The neck is long and the chest is well developed. Its tail is curved over its back.
Perky, bouncy and playful, the bichon frise"s happy-go-lucky outlook endears it to all. It is friendly toward strangers and other dogs and pets, and it is very good with children. It is sensitive, responsive and affectionate, as eager to cuddle as it is to play. It can bark a lot.
Although small, the bichon is an active dog and needs daily exercise. Its needs can be met with a vigorous indoor game or, better, a romp in the yard or a short walk on leash. The white powder-puff coat needs brushing and combing every other day, plus scissoring and trimming every two months. It doesn"t shed, but the loose hairs become entangled in the coat and can mat. It may be difficult to keep white in some areas. This is not a dog that should live outdoors.
Grooming This breed should be groomed frequently and bathed every month. Professional grooming is recommended every 4 weeks. Trim around the eyes and ears with a blunt pair of scissors and clean the eyes extensively to prevent staining. Show dogs are trim
Major concerns: patellar luxation
Minor concerns: tooth loss, cataract
Occasionally seen: none
Suggested tests: knee, eye