The Bichon Frise is a descendant of the water spaniel and could be found in the Mediterranean area as far back as the Middle Ages. Many believe the breed actually originated in the Canary Islands and was brought to Europe by sailors. Bichons have long been known to make good companion dogs, mostly because of their pleasant and warm temperaments. This breed was very popular with European nobility, in the English court during Henry II’s reign.
This breed is known for having a very warm, loving, gentle and caring personality. They are fun dogs to be around and are not known for aggression. They have very approachable demeanors and enjoy the companionship of their family and other pets in the household. This breed makes a fantastic family pet and will quickly bond with its family.
Bichon Frise require regular bathing and grooming. It is suggested that they are bathed as frequently as once a week. They do appreciate and benefit from daily brushings of their coats too. They are not difficult to maintain and through routine care will look and feel their best.
The Bichon Frise does enjoy activity time and burning off energy, however, is not an overly energetic breed of dog. The correct ratio of meat-based protein and micronutrients, as well as healthy carbs and fats, will keep your Bichon Frise feeling and looking his best. Many Bichon Frise owners recommend feeding this breed two meals each day, spaced about twelve hours apart. This will help to ensure the dog is provided with the proper nutrients he needs. It is also important to remember to provide your dog with proper dental care. It is suggested that his teeth get cleaned a minimum of three times a week. Failing to keep his teeth clean can contribute to health issues. Although properly cleaning his teeth will take some practice to get good at, in time, this will become easier for you and your pup.
- The Bichon Frise stands between eleven and twelve inches tall upon maturity.
- This breed weighs between twelve to eighteen pounds.
- The average life expectancy for this breed is between twelve and fifteen years.
- Fact: The Bichon Frise is pronounced bee-SHON free-ZAY.
- Fact: The breed was recognized in 1973 by the American Kennel Club as a non-sporting dog.
- Fact: This breed loves the water and playing outside with its family.