|Height:||Male: 9-12 Inches, Female: 8-11 Inches|
|Weight:||Male: 10-20 pounds, Female: 9-19 pounds|
|Colors:||White-haired with curly outer coat and silky undercoat|
|AKC recognized in:||1972|
This is a dog with a powder puff appearance. The Bichon Frise usually gives out an inquisitive look from its black, soft, round and dark eyes and pouts with a cute black nose. A feathery tail hangs on the back while shades of cream and apricot sometimes appear around its ears.
The Bichon Frise is a merry dog and good companion which Spanish sailors used to bring along in ships and given away as barter in exchange for another thing of value. It is more of a pet dog than a working dog. While the Spanish sailors introduced these dogs in the Canary Island of Tenerife, the Italian sailors took the breed back to Europe where it became a favorite of the Italian nobility in the 14th century.
Later, the French got interested in these dogs during the 16th century during the Renaissance period from Francis I to Henry III. Spain's famous painter, Francisco de Goya, painted a Bichon in several of his art works in the same period. This interest was renewed under Napoleon III and lasted until late 19th century. At the turn of the 20th century, the dog became an ordinary dog, or not so ordinary, serving the blind and performing in circuses. Finally in March, 1933, the Bichon Frise was officially recognized by the national kennel club of France. But, it was only in 1972 when the American Kennel Club admitted the breed in the Stud Book.
|Bichon Frise Summary|
|Ease of Training|
|Friendliness : Children|
|Friendliness: Other Animals|
|Friendliness: Other Pets|
This dog is amazing because it keeps a cheerful attitude towards people. It loves to have fun and move around to play. Its wagging tail that jauntily sways is an indication that the Bichon Frise dog is happy. When the tail stops wagging, it rests on the back of the dog which has a picture of serenity. Being small, the dog would merrily jump up and down with its face asking for attention. When it is standing or sitting steady, it looks as if there is something it wants to know and the dark and round eyes tell what it feels.
It has a natural instinct to be affectionate and obedient to its master. It exhibits slightly high intelligence for learning tricks and commands. It is easy to tame and maintain. When giving instructions to teach the dog to be disciplined, it is not hard for it to follow the routine because it is normally obedient and playful.
Health and Exercise
The life expectancy of the Bichon Frise is 12 - 15 years. The most common ailments that should be watched out for are the following:
- Hip dysplasia
- Bladder stones and bladder infections
- Luxating patella
Brushing the two coats of the dog requires care and proper grooming procedures. The feel of the two coats where the outer coat is coarse and the undercoat is fine is similar to velvet touch. Trimming is advisable only to keep the contour of the body outlined. Too much of trimming is not good for the dog. The powder puff look should be maintained to have the Bichon Frise appearance distinguishable from other pet dogs.
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