The Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is a wonderful small breed who is friendly, curious, and has amazing personality traits that make them a perfect companion.
Generally less than a foot in height, the Bichon Frise may be small, but their infectious charm is known to bring a smile to those it meets. But the Bichon is also very smart, learns quickly, and is very loyal.
Many owners also choose the Bichon Frise because of their hypoallergenic nature, which means they are minimal shedding dogs that can be easier for those with allergies to handle.
We believe you will love the Bichon Frise, and we chose this breed because we are confident that you will too!
History of the Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise has a storied history that most believe started somewhere in the Mediterranean around the 12th century. They became popular with nobles and other royalty in Europe shortly after.
Throughout their history, the Bichon Frise has had multiple high and low points because of their association with higher-class individuals. Due to the fallout of the French Revolution and both World Wars, the Bichon was often left to fend for themselves until being largely rescued in France around 1933.
Here are a few more interesting facts related to the Bichon
- Part of a breed group called “Barbichons”, named after the “Barbet” or “Water Spaniel”, which were direct ascendants
- First recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1972
- The Bichon was often used by circus performers and other showbiz roles
Personality of the Bichon Frise
There aren’t many people who interact with the Bichon Frise who don’t instantly fall in love with them. And this is often because of their personality, which is playful and upbeat, with endless curiosity about the world around them.
The Bichon Frise is very friendly, and in fact, typically wants to be everyone’s friend. They get along well with children and love to not only be entertained, but also to entertain their ‘friends’!
The Bichon Frise is amazing to just sit and watch as you experience their inquisitive nature and their love for fun. But then they will also watch you as they learn and bond.
You really do have to experience the Bichon Frise to truly appreciate them!
Care and Health of the Bichon Frise
Generally speaking, the Bichon Frise is a very healthy breed. As with any breed, proper care and feeding will go a long ways towards keeping this trend. Allergies, cataracts, luxating patella and other common ailments can certainly affect the Bichon Frise, but a high quality dog food like TLC along with NuVet supplements will help maintain their naturally good health.
The Bichon Frise’s coat is soft to the touch and they are usually a low shedding breed. But it will be important to brush them several times a week to release the little amounts of hair they shed to avoid matting.
We highly recommend regular physical activity for your Bichon Frise puppy. They are not constantly active, but they do have bursts of activity that will surprise you. Daily interaction and exercise are essential to keeping the Bichon Frise active, so you will need to give them dedicated time, even if other pets are around.