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Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

If all the world’s a stage, the Bichon Frise is its star performer. This small, energetic dog plays many roles — clown, best friend and even diva. Bred to be a companion, the Bichon takes the role seriously. Showering this pup with attention is the order of the day. Luckily, the friendly Bichon will take love from just about anyone, whether it is you, your children or even strangers.

Male: 11-16 lbs. 
Female: 10-15 lbs.
Exercise Requirements:
For a small dog, the Bichon Frise needs a good amount of exercise every day. It has a lot of energy to burn off, so short walks (adding up to about an hour) and fun games will keep your dog happy and healthy.
Mess Factor:
The Bichon Frise has a non-shedding coat, which makes it a great breed for those who don’t want to see hair, hair everywhere.
Barking and Volume:
Bichons can be a little on the barky side.
Training Requirements:
These dogs are born performers. They’re easy to train and are quite obedient. House training may take a bit of patience, but if you’re consistent and handle your Bichon Frise gently, you should be able to get the results you’re looking for relatively quickly. A puppy class is recommended.
Ongoing Costs:
Health Factors: While this breed can be susceptible to patellar luxation (sliding knees), it’s a fairly healthy breed overall. Other minor health concerns include tooth loss, cataracts and skin allergies that could cause moist dermatitis. * A responsible breeder can minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Professional grooming every two months.
Training: Basic training. A puppy class should suffice.
Grooming Requirements:
This breed doesn’t shed, but his curly coat will mat so it’s important to brush it out every day. The Bichon will need to visit the groomer every two months for a trim.
Kid Compatibility:
Bichon Frises’ happy-go-lucky temperament makes them an excellent family dog and a natural around kids. Small children should be supervised (and taught to play gently) so that they don’t accidentally hurt the pup.
15-16 years.
Friendliness Towards Animals:
With his love of companionship, the Bichon Frise doesn’t have problems with other types of animals. If you’re introducing a Bichon into a house with a much larger dog, make sure the big guy can play nice.
Friendliness Towards People:
The Bichon Frise was intended to be a companion dog and enjoys being around people. In fact, the breed loves being the center of attention and may try to steal the show. Make sure you spend enough time with your Bichon—this is a pup who doesn’t like to be alone.
Spending a lot of time grooming this fun-loving companion who makes himself heard (loudly) when he’s unhappy.

Links and resources:
Bichon Frise Club of America BFCA
Bichon Frise Rescue Effort from BFCA
Most large cities have their own rescue organizations for the breed.
Bichon Frise performing tricks

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