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Bichon Frises

Life Expectancy:                       Bichon Frise Breed Guide
12 - 15 years  
Dog Breed Group:  
Companion Dogs  
Weight:  
6 - 11 lbs.  
Height:  
7 - 12 inches  
 

Where Do Bichons Rank?

See where this beloved breed ranks in comparison to other breeds in 7 key categories.
 
Trainability
Dog Breed Ranking - 3
Overall, the Bichon is a relatively easy-to-train breed. You may experience problems when housetraining, though. Crate training is recommended.
 
Shedding
Dog Breed Rating - 4
The Bichon does shed but not excessively. The majority of the Bichon’s fur gets trapped in the underlayer. 
 
Grooming Needs
Dog Breed Rating - 9
The Bichon Frise is a high-maintenance dog in regarding to grooming requirements. If you do not brush your Bichon at least 2-3 times per week, her fur will begin to become matted. Most pet parents also take their Bichon to be groomed every four to six weeks.
 
Health
Rating- 8
Bichon Frise are generally healthy pups, but do have a higher risk of suffering from allergies and patella luxations, developing blatter stones, as well as have a sensitivity to vaccinations.
 
Exercise Needs
Rating - 5
Your Bichon Frise will need a minimum of 30-60 minutes of activity per day to prevent obesity. This is generally achieved by following you around and spending time with you.

Good with Children
Dog Breed Rating - 10
The Bichon Frise is very good with children and quickly becomes part of the family. They are fairly small but are known to be hardy. 

Barking
Dog Breed Rating- 3
Barking is generally not a problem with this breed although some dogs may develop a barking problem. Teaching your dog when to and when not to bark will assist with those who bark excessively.
 

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What You Need to Know About Bichon Frises

Behavior:
The Bichon Frise is well-known for his cheerful, happy personality. The Bichon loves to be loved and is often extremely bonded to his pet parent. Although he is extremely close to his pet parent, he also loves everyone else and is a great companion for those who are extremely social.

The Bichon, due to her attachment to her pet parent, often experiences separation anxiety if left alone for extended amounts of time. If left alone for a long period of time, this breed will become extremely destructive and begin chewing and tearing up the house.

The Bichon Frise is extremely intelligent and enjoys any activity you are involved with. They are equally happy playing or relaxing. If you would like to go play in the park, they are perfectly content. On the contrary, if you are wanting to spend several hours watching television, they are perfectly content cuddling with you as well.

Training:
The Bichon Frise is known to be difficult to housetrain. Crate training is highly recommended for this breed. 

Grooming:
The Bichon Frise is a double-coated breed. They possess a soft, dense undercoat and a course outercoat. Bichons do shed; however, you often do not notice their shedding much due to the excess fur being caught in the undercoat as opposed to falling to the ground. If the dead hair in the undercoat is not brushed, you will see mats and tangles begin to form.

Grooming a Bichon is quite extensive. He will need groomed twice per week, at minimum. You will need to bathe him regularly to ensure his white coat remains white and healthy.
Most pet parents with a Bichon Frise will visit the groomer every four to six weeks.

Health Problems:
  • Bladder stones: Bladder infections and bladder stones are common in this breed. Symptoms include excessive urination, bloody urine or difficulty urinating.
  • Allergies: Bichons are prone to allergies; particularly food allergies and fleabites. If your Bichon begins scratching excessively and/or licking his paws excessively, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian.
  • Vaccination sensitivity: Some Bichon Frise dogs are prone to vaccine sensitivity. Symptoms include hives, lethargy, soreness and facial swelling. You should monitor your Bichon closely for several hours following a vaccination.
  • Patellar Luxation: Patellar luxation is essentially the knee joint sliding in and out of place. This can be crippling to some dogs; however, most dogs live a long, healthy life even with the condition. 

Top 10 Most Common Health Issues for Bichons

  1. Otitis - middle ear infection
  2. UTI - urinary tract infection
  3. Periodontal Disease - infections of the structures around the teeth, which include the gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone
  4. Gastritis - inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the stomach lining
  5. Mass
  6. Allergies
  7. Dermatitis - inflammation of the skin
  8. Intervertebral Disc Disease - the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column either bulge or burst
  9. Conjunctivitis - pink eye
  10. Gastroenteritis -  inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract

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