Bichon Frise: Potentially the cutest dog on the planet! Easy to train and eager to please, they love the spotlight – Showbiz pups through and through! These little furballs are the friendliest little companions a dog lover could ever hope to find! Read on to learn more about this fluffball breed!
Introducing the Bichon Frise: King of the Fluffballs!
All hail the Bichon Frise, also known simply as Bichon.
Hailing from the Mediterranean it is believed sailors bartered with them, and so they landed up all over Europe. Here they became the pampered pets of the elite until losing their high-class owners to wars and insurrections through the ages.
Suddenly homeless and without laps to lie in, they were out on the street! Here they were found by street entertainers, and that is how these cutie pies came to be performers!
Around the end of the First World War, Bichons were recognized as a breed in Italy, France, and Belgium. American soldiers then took a few back to America as pets.
In September 1971, the Bichon Frise was allowed to compete in American Kennel Club shows. These giant fur-balls look like children’s toys, or maybe an outsized powder puff?
They may now be King of the Fluffballs, but in times past they were the pets of Kings. Having weathered much misfortune across Europe, they have the personality to win hearts. And they do just that.
The Appearance of Bichon Frise Dogs
In a word: Fluffballs.
Bichons come only in white, with black eyes and black noses. Puppies might be a pale yellow or cream. They look confident and proud, largely due to the curving of the elegantly well-plumed tail over their backs behind their typically arched neck.
Beware! A Bichon Puppy will Melt Even the Coldest Heart of Stone!
Born to please, Bichons wrap even the grumpiest among us around its teeny claw. If you’re looking for a friend, look no further.
No matter what your mood, this little energetic ball of happiness will bring sunshine into the cloudiest day.
Average Bichon Dog Size and Weight!
These are small pooches. They will fit perfectly into their natural habitat – your lap. A typical Bichon stands at between 9 inches and 11 inches at the shoulder and weighs anywhere from 7 to 12 pounds.
This is a Personality Powerhouse Pup!
Oh yes! A bundle of energy and joyfulness wrapped in fluffiness and willingness to please, that’s your average Bichon pup.
Although not a perpetual puppy by design, they do love to play and interact. Do not expect your Bichon to get through a day without a playmate to entertain and be entertained by.
The Bichon fur-ball needs a significant amount of playtime. Be ready to satisfy.
They’re Hypoallergenic! But These Fluffy White Dogs Need to Be Brushed!
People say this curly lapdog breed is hypoallergenic, but opinions on this differ. These pups do not shed hair, that is true.
But they do shed skin, which is actually what causes allergic reactions in their human companion. If you tend towards allergies to pets, bear this in mind before getting a Bichon!
What You Need to Know About Grooming Bichons!
First and foremost know that Bichons need plenty of grooming.
You could learn the grooming technique and do it yourself, but it is quite difficult. Visit the groomer every four to six weeks! Their nails need to be clipped from time to time.
You will need to put in time and effort between visits to the parlor by brushing your Bichon every day. If not daily, brush at least two or three times a week and bathe and clip their nails at least once a month.
They’re known to be relatively hypoallergenic since shed hair remains in the undercoat. If it’s not brushed out, it will mat, and no one wants a matted Bichon, least of all the Bichon.
Bichon Frisé Mixes Make Lovely Dogs!
You are not limited to a purebred Bichon Frisé, since these dogs make a fine mix-breed.
Bichon Frise Poodle Mix a.k.a The Bichon Poo!
The Bichpoo, Bichon Poo or Poochon are names given to the Bichon Frise Poodle mix. This designer dog marries the best of the two breeds.
Of course, grooming is of paramount importance in a Bichon Poo.
As with any mixed breed, it’s not possible to predetermine which of the two breed’s characteristics will present foremost in your pup.
Rest assured though that you will have an energetic, highly intelligent pet who will demand your company and love.
Bichon Frise Shih Tzu Mix
Of the best designer dogs around, this mix is known as “teddy bear” dog, Shichon or Zuchon. They are a small breed, growing to a height of 9 to 12 inches and weighing in at between 10 and 15 pounds.
A first generation Shichon is recommended, as the healthiest and your best bet to getting the primary attributes of both breeds.
By mixing these two breeds, you will likely be left with a dog who is companionable, extroverted and energetic but also a good watchdog.
Of course, they need plenty of love and care, but who would not want to love and care for such a cute teddy bear dog!!
How Long do These Doggos Live?
Your furball will be with you for 12 to 15 years.
5 Facts You Didn’t Know About This Breed
- Although they love to learn tricks and antics, they are not the easiest to house train.
- These curly lapdogs do not like their own company and do not enjoy being alone.
- Not the best option as watchdogs since their moral is that all strangers are but friends they have yet to meet.
- Their Prey Drive is pretty high, and they have an inherent desire to chase anything happening by. Any pet chinchillas or little cats sharing the house will be kept on the run.
- The Bichon is not classified as a Toy breed. They are members of the Non-Sporting Group.
Bichon Frise for Sale!
Adoption and fostering opportunities are omnipresent.
Use sites like akc.org, Petfinder.com, Adopt-a-Pet.com, and AnimalShelter.org. Your vet may know of reliable sources for healthy puppies, be it an accredited breeder or breed rescue organization.
Whichever you choose, the old adage “let the buyer beware” applies. Disreputable breeders and puppy mill outlets are hard to recognize at times!
Bichon Frise Puppies for Sale Near Me!
Check rescues listed for your area or get hold of the national or local breed clubs who could direct you to Bichon rescues nearby.
You might try Bichon Frise Club of America Rescue. If you know of a proud owner of a Bichon, ask them for recommendations for a suitable source.
Bichon Frise Price
The cost of a Bichon puppy depends on the breeder’s location, the pup’s sex, and its lineage. Pup prices average $600, with a range from $250 to $2500.
Adopt, Don’t Shop! Ask an Animal Shelter About Bichon Frise Rescues!
Although puppies are cute and adorable, you might be best served by adopting an adult Bichon. Retired show dogs, abandoned dogs, and rescues from puppy mills would appreciate a loving lap in a forever home.
Your vet and local humane society will be able to help you to find your new curly lapdog.
Buying Bichon Frise Puppy vs. Adopting a Bichon Rescue
If you can give a homeless dog a home rather than buying a pup, consider the following factors:
- Rescues are not for everyone. They may have difficult backgrounds with possibly special circumstances.
- Shelters may label any and every small while dog a Bichon Frise, and chances are that they are not.
- Bichons are friendly by nature, and rescues will want to please you and fit in.
- Every pup regardless of age deserves a happy home and every Bichon deserves a loving lap.
- Rescue Organizations and humane societies will screen potential puppy adopters and homes.
- Rescues are always vaccinated and sterilized.
- Pet shops may swear their Bichons are not bred in puppy mills, but there is always a chance that they are lying. Supply vs demand is the issue to think on here.
- Reputable breeders will screen potential owners.
- Puppies need potty training!
- You will need to keep up to date with vaccinations and deworming!
- Well bred Bichons are well worth their cost and will bring you many years of happiness.
Bichons are possibly the friendliest, happiest and most cheerful of all small dog breeds. We hope you’ve learned enough to make an educated decision on whether you would make a good Bichon parent.