The Bichon Frise is a small yet sturdy dog whose body at a glance looks round in shape. The skull of the dog is round in shape and the muzzle is shorter as opposed to the skull with a small and pronounced stop. The ears are dropped on the sides of the round head and are covered with hair. The teeth of the Bichon Frise meet in a scissor bite. The legs are all straight helping the dog get a flat back.
The Bichon Frise has a double coat that is quite soft to the touch and will normally measure about 3 – 4 inches. The tail is curled at the back and the undercoat of the hair coat is quite dense and coarse than the top coat. Among the common coat colors include a solid white, gray, apricot or even cream. The coat can either be clipped or left to grow. The average height of the Bichon Frise is 9 – 11 inches while the weight ranges 7 – 12 pounds.
The Bichon Frise is a dog that enjoys the company of humans and has an independent spirit with a lot of energy. It is quite intelligent, lively and bold, as it will not shy away from a stranger. The intelligence of the dog makes training very easy, as the dog takes in commands quite fast. The dog will at most times be happy and is a good dog to live with as they do not make a lot of noise, especially when you live in an apartment. This dog is quite good with children and will being most cases be used as children’s watchdogs. The most difficult challenge the dog has is housetraining which is a practice that may take a while.
The most common health problems affecting the Bichon Frise are eye cataracts, epilepsy and skin ailments. Kneecap dislocation is also a common health problem seen when dealing with this dog. Allergies to fleas have also been reported in some cases.
Good care of the dog, following the recommended housing and diet plans stipulated ensure the dog gets to live their full life of 15 + years. Mortality is low throughout life, with most cases of death being attributed to natural causes.
Regular grooming of the Bichon Frise is quite important to maintain the good looking hair coat of the dog. A bath once in a month is quite adequate as the contact with the outdoors is quite important. Trimming of hair around eyes and ears is recommended. Shedding is very low in the Bichon Frise and is a good choice for an allergy sufferer.
The breed seems to have been around for a while, dating as far back as the 13th century. The descendants of the Bichon Frise are the Barbet Water Spaniel and the Poodle. Spanish Sailors popularized the bread all over the world, as they used to trade it out to new people of new lands. Official recognition by the AKC was done in 1972.