The Bichon Frise is one of the more popular breeds of lap dogs out there, but how much do you really know about this little dog that resembles a cotton ball with legs? Bichon puppies are incredibly adorable and teddy bear-like.
They can make an amazing addition to any family. However, there is a lot you need to understand about Bichon Frise adoption before heading out to your local rescue or a breeder.
The Bichon Frise is a small dog that's essentially hypoallergenic and easy to care for. They may sound like the perfect canine pet just at that, but there is more you will want to learn about them before committing to adopting a Bichon Frise. Such as their history and other care needs that they may have.
Historical records tell us that this little fluffy breed of dog originally came to be on one of the Canary Islands, Tenerife - one of the largest of this island group. There were several similar breeds present on this island at the time, a few of which include the Bolognese and Maltese dogs. All of which have a similar fluffy, white appearance.
The sailors who frequented these islands fell in love with these little dogs and decided to call them the “Tenerife Bichon” at the time. This breed later became the Bichon Frise that we know and love today. Due to their adorable appearance and easily trainable selves, the Bichon Frise quickly found themselves in the spotlight of entertainment. Such as in circuses or among the celebrities of various countries, and even royalty of some regions.
Around the year 1964, in San Diego, CA, the Bichon Frise Club of America was begun. Just a few short years later, in 1971, the American Kennel Club accepted the Bichon Frise as a miscellaneous, non-sporting breed, and from then on out, Bichon Frise would commonly be seen in Dog Shows, sporting their fluffy white fur coat.
Bichon Frises are a great mix of curious, playful, and alert. They make a great companion for families with small children who love to run around and be active with the family pet. They can also become rather mischievous at times when their curiosity can get the best of them. They are easily trainable, to help them to knock any bad habits before they become a regular occurrence. Their alertness also makes them an excellent home security system. They may be small, but they can be loud and fierce when their family is in potential danger.
Lifespan and Health
The Bichon Frise lifespan is about average for a small dog such as them. Their average lifespan runs at about 12-15 years when they are loved and taken care of properly. Not to mention, if their breeder is thorough with their dog’s health history as well as care of the dogs they are breeding.
As far as common health problems go, the Bichon Frise is a generally healthy breed of dog. Just like with any other breed, there are some problems that could pop up over time. These problems could include hip dysplasia, cataracts, and gum disease.
Joint and eye issues can’t necessarily be avoided but can be kept up with by bringing your Bichon Frise to the vet for regular checkups to watch out for any developing problems. Gum diseases can potentially be avoided with regular dental hygiene of your Bichon Frise. If you begin while they are young, your Bichon Frise can become accustomed to you brushing their teeth on a regular basis.
Bichons don’t shed very much, but due to the curly nature of their fur, daily brushing is highly recommended. This is to help prevent mats from forming. Which can be rather bothersome to deal with once they’ve developed. A bath and clipping of their nails and fur is recommended to occur at least once per month.
In terms of exercise and physical activity, the Bichon Frise is a very energized and active little dog. That being said, they are rather tiny dogs. Meaning, just getting around your home and up any flights of stairs you may have is already a great daily workout for them.
Although, there's nothing from going for a daily walk together or heading to the park a few times a week to play fetch or work on obedience training together either.
The Bichon Frise might not be the right fit for every dog lover out there, but their low shedding and fun personalities will make a great match for many dog lovers out there. Although grooming needs may sound high, with recommended daily brushing, this is a good time to bond with your Bichon, and both relax.
The Bichon also makes a great family pet for any household. This little breed is especially great for families of any age, but also for older folks who can’t handle a high shedding dog and would appreciate having a canine security system around.