Bichon Frise

Breed Group: Non-Sporting
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Overview
The Bichon Frise is a gentle mannered breed that originated in the 13th century. They are versatile, hardy, and intelligent. The Bichon Frise was a favorite of French Royalty and today enjoys popularity as a companion pet or show dog.

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Character
The Bichon Frise is lively and animated. They adore being part of a family. Their cheerful attitude is a true measure of this breed. They love to play but are not hyperactive. They thrill on constant human interaction. The Bichon Frise is a delightful and amusing companion.

Does your Bichon Frise bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
The Bichon Frise has an extremely appealing nature. They are highly social and are at their absolute best as full members of a family. They get along very well with other dogs and pets, and are excellent with children. They make good watchdogs and will bark to alert their family to visitors or danger. This breed is inquisitive and energetic, dignified and charming.
Care
The Bichon Frise requires frequent grooming. They are known as a high maintenance breed. Daily brushing is a must, as their coat tends to mat very easily. Professional grooming every four weeks is recommended to keep them looking their very best. They are prone to skin problems, allergies, ear infections, and deafness. Dental hygiene is extremely important to prevent tooth loss. They are sensitive to fleabites. The Bichon Frise is a breed that does not like to be left alone for extended periods of time and will suffer separation anxiety.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
The Bichon Frise has a loosely curled outer coat, which is lined with a soft, silky undercoat. This double coat breed is typically all white is color as an adult, but may exhibit cream, apricot, or gray hairs as puppies. They are non-shedding and considered to by hypoallergenic. The Bichon Frises coat should not be wiry or overly soft.
Training
The Bichon Frise is an intelligent breed, but they typically are difficult to housetrain. They are slow to mature and males are generally slightly easier to train than females. Crate training works best for the Bichon Frise. It is important to be consistent and patient. They do well with obedience and agility training beginning at an early age. The Bichon Frise thrives on socialization and loves to perform tricks. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Bichon Frise puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
This breed is able to fulfill their exercise needs by adapting themselves to family activities. However, this is not a breed for a sedentary lifestyle. They enjoy daily walks and play sessions. They are well suited to apartment living provided appropriate exercise is given. The Bichon Frise loves to run and play in a securely fenced yard. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
10-18 lbs
Height
9.5-11.5 inches
Color(s)
white, may have cream shadings

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Bichon Frise Questions

What is the personality of a Bichon, just generally speaking?

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Please note that there is a large difference between temperament and personality. The personality of a dog will be determined by the experiences, and socialization of the dog as he/she grows. The temperament is a set breed standard that the breed should have due to good breeders working to have their dogs continually show those traits. The American Kennel Club refers to the Bichon Frise as "merry" and "cheerful", and the breed standard calls for a dog that is "gentle mannered, sensitive, playful and affectionate." The dogs are generally very sociable and do well with an owner who takes them along on outings. They are affectionate and intelligent. Bichons do well with children because they are playful and have lots of energy. If affiliated with a particular territory and encouraged by owners, they can become very territorial. Developed as a companion-dog breed, the Bichon Frise tends to get along well with both children and other animals. Bichon Frises are very obedient if training is started early and continued constantly.

We just lost our female Bichon at only 5 yr old. She contracted Leptospirosis and lived only 2 weeks after the blood test. We can't believe she's gone so fast. She drank water more than normal but was NOT diabetic. Her tongue became necrotic and was essentially "dead". Also there were ulcers in her esophagus. Couldn't eat or drink. Had no choice but tp put down. What's your take on this? We're devastated over this loss.

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I am so sorry to hear about your girl, it is terrible to lose a pet. Even worse when you've barely had any time with him/her. Sadly, Leptospirosis is an illness that any animal or human can get. It is a bacterial infection that can be spread very easily. There is a vaccine that a dog and people can get to combat the virus. Most vets that have Leptospirosis in the area recommend it, but sometimes they are not aware that it is in the area until a pet passes away from it. Again, I am very sorry for your loss. But sadly, it is not uncommon. Hopefully you can find peace knowing she has gone over rainbow bridge now and will be there waiting for you.

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Our family is still mourning our beloved Riley, age 3. We live in a quiet residential Neighborhood, but Riley was so joyful to be going out for a walk that he yanked the leash out of my sons hand and buzzed into the street where a speeding car killed him. So many sudden tragedies. Accidental death is the leading cause of death for people up to the age of 24. Cherish those around you now..

My Bichon was only 7 years old. He started building fluid in his stomach so we took him to our vet and they drained like 400 cc's off him. Said his heart was good, his lungs were good, his blood was good, but his system wasn't accepting the protein it should. They prescribed a steroidal med for him and a special protein food. Two weeks later they drained another 500 cc's off him and said they want to put him on another med and try to get him off the steroids. He was scheduled back in, in 2 weeks but his entire body started going down hill rapidly. He wasn't building fluid but his muscle mass was gone completely. All his leg and joints, no neck muscle at all. It was just gone. We tried to get him to the vets so they could work him in and look at him, but he died in our arms before we got him there. What could he possibly have had?

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I'm very sorry to hear about your Bichon, he sounded like he was very sick. The poor little guy. The only way for you to know what was really wrong with him is to have him examined by a vet and have a necropsy done on him. That is a postmortem examination that is done on animals to determine the cause of death.

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I lost my Bichon suddenly at 4 1/2. Some similar symptoms - they told she had Mesenteric lymphadenitis. I didn't realize she was ill. Dr noticed the fluid starting at her regular checkup. So hard

How much food should you feed at 1 time? How much should they weigh? I have a male Bichon Frise.

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An adult Bichon Frise should weigh in anywhere from 6 - 11 lbs. Depending on the genetics of the dog and if the dog is under-weight, at a healthy weight or over-weight; as well as how much exercise the dog gets will determine the amount of food your dog will need per meal. Also, the quality of food. It is best to feed a high quality, grain-free dog food that is specified for small-breed dogs. Then, look at the back of the bag to consult the guide as to how much you should feed your dog. The best way to do this is to weigh your dog and then feed the food for 1 week; then weigh your dog again. This will help you see if your dog has lost weight, gained weight or stayed the same. Then adjust the amount of food to your dogs needs. Dogs should be fed at least twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. This gives your dog the right amount of nutrition throughout the day and you'll know how many and when your dog will need to use the bathroom.

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