Bichon Frise Dogs Information Every Bichon Lover Needs To Know

Every canine enthusiast – including soon-to-be dog owners – wants to learn everything they could about any dogs they are planning to keep as pets. Bichon Frise dogs are certainly no exception.

Bichon Frise Dogs – An Overview

Bichon Frise Puppies Temperament

Bichon Frise dogs are small, adorable dogs with an average height of 9-12 inches and weight of 10-20 lbs. A bit larger than a Maltese in size, the Bichon is primarily white in color with a two layered coat – the outercoat is curly while the undercoat is silky. However, there are some Bichon dogs that come in shades of apricot, cream or buff, particularly sprinkled along the ears, snout, body or paws. Although there is a persistent wrong notion among some individuals that Bichons do not shed, the lesser amount of fur that falls from its body as well as the long and curly quality of each hair makes this little dog ideal pets for people with allergies.

Unlike other small dogs, the Bichon Frise is a loving, affectionate and extremely sociable pet. It is also very intelligent, although it has a bit of a stubborn streak, which makes it difficult to house train. Pet owners, who may be concerned about the penchant of some small dog breeds to yip and bark constantly (a good example would be the Chihuahua), would be pleased to know that Bichons are quite well-behaved.

It should be mentioned though that Bichon Frises have one very peculiar behavioral trait. Called the “Bichon Buzz”, it refers to sudden bursts of energy, usually lasting between 30 seconds to 5 minutes, which would have the little dog suddenly running inside the house or all over the yard, jumping up and down chairs, couches or beds, and is usually accompanied by growling and barking. Once this phase of restlessness and exuberance passes, the Bichon will just plop down on the floor exhausted.

Caring for a Bichon is very easy. It is ideal to trim the fur around the eyes and ears regularly. Wipe the area around its eyes occasionally because of its tendency to tear up, causing staining. It is advisable to trim away matted fur and perform regular brushing. Bichons need to be given baths and undergo professional grooming every month.

Like all dogs, the Bichon Frise needs to be given yearly vaccinations, including Parvo and Dystemper. Dog owners should also be vigilant as to their Bichon’s health since it is prone to four specific diseases, namely Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia, Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia, liver shunts and cancer. These diseases are the most common causes of premature deaths in this breed. In the absence of disease, the average life span of the Bichon Frise is approximately 12 to 13 years.

If you are considering having a small dog for a pet, Bichon Frise dogs come highly recommended for their happy disposition and relatively easy care procedures.

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