Breed of the Week: Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise stands at 9.5-11.5 inches and can weigh anywhere from 11 to 15 lbs. A small square dog, this breed is most often characterized by their dense white coat which requires moderate to excessive care. Most pet owners choose to keep the coat short in a puppy cut. They have bright alert expressions with black rimmed eyes and lips and have a bouncy walk.
The Bichon is characteristically playful and affectionate with a moderate level of energy. This makes them a good option for urban dwellers. Bichons typically do well with other pets when properly socialized and do not go through a heavy shed cycle so are often chosen for their less allergenic coat. While not necessarily a great running partner, they can be clownish with their antics and need moderate exercise.
The Bichon is prone to joint issues including luxating patellas, along with skin allergies. They can also develop liver and eye issues and bladder problems, more so than other breeds of similar size.
- The Bichon was bred down from the Barbet, a type of water spaniel, and retains a tightly curled coat that lies tight to the skin.
- Popular in Spain, they can be found in many of Goya’s paintings and art work.
- The Bichon did not come to the US until the 1950s with the first litter being born on US soil in 1956.