The Bichon Frisé is a dog breed with French-Belgian origin. It is one of the breeds recognized by the FCI and is assigned to group 9. Thus, the pretty four-legged friends are social and companion dogs. The Bichon Frisé reaches an average height of about 25 to 30 cm. The animals therefore belong to the small dog breeds. On average, the Bichon Frisé reaches a weight of about 5 kg. The life expectancy of the playful four-legged friend is surprisingly high. According to experience, it is about 15 years. The small dogs are loyal companions and very popular with dog lovers.
The Bichon Frisé is a small, light dog. He has a low center of gravity and is short tempered. Overall, the Bichon Frisé is a very handsome dog. Especially because of its size and unique coat, it looks elegant and fine.
The white, shiny coat of the dogs is their greatest distinguishing feature. It is very thin, silky and strongly curled. In total, the hair can reach a length of up to 10 cm. The coat of the small quadrupeds is always white. Some dogs tend to very light champagne shades. However, dark or otherwise colored Bichon Frises do not exist.
The fine hair of the animals does not have an undercoat, it therefore also does not come to the change of coat. This property ensures that the animals also well suited for allergy sufferers are. The annoying hair loss and an associated allergic reaction remain completely absent.
The physique of the small dogs is compact and coherent. Both the tail and the ears and legs of the animals are covered with the curly hair. The large dark googly eyes contribute to a particularly cute appearance.
The essence of the Bichon Frisé is very friendly and at the same time confident. The sweet four-legged friends are accustomed to be as faithful companion at the side of man to live. Unlike many of their peers, they see their role as living with and accompanying their owners. This leads to the fact that the dogs like to be everywhere. They are not particularly fond of being separated from their families.
Due to her perfect, impeccable behavior and compact body size, a ride is also no problem. The lovable four-legged friends are good to take along on trips. They know how to behave in an exemplary manner in hotels, pubs and restaurants and do not cause any inconvenience.
The Bichon Frisé is a real city dog. In principle, he gets along well everywhere. Bigger crowds or loud city noises don't bother him much.
The small animals are also very intelligent. They learn quickly and are extremely skillful. Also, the animals can be well taught tricks and many tricks. The Bichon Frisé enjoys the attention of people in all forms. Extensive petting and lots of affection are therefore an absolute must. However, care should be taken not to coddle the dog too much.
The Bichon Frisé is also suitable excellent as a family dog. He gets along wonderfully with children and loves to play with them. Nevertheless, he is always alert. Basically, these four-legged friends also try to protect their families. Impending dangers or dicey situations they show therefore by barking immediately. This barking should not be misunderstood. The Bichon Frisé is not a barker - quite the opposite. When he makes sounds, it is usually for a good reason.
Because of its cheerful, bright nature, the little ball of fur likes to be on the move. Daily walks are therefore necessary. However, these can take place anywhere. The little four-legged friend also feels at home in nature. Gladly one can take him therefore also times on a forest walk. The dogs have amazing amount of stamina. So you are also for extended, long walks always happy to have. In bad weather, however, a round around the block is enough for them.
The right food
In terms of nutrition, the Bichon Frisé is easy to please. The dogs should have a balanced and nutritious diet get. The respective amounts of food should be adapted to the size and weight of the little four-legged friends.
No matter how sweet the cute dogs look, overfeeding is dangerous for the animal. Possible overweight can cause health problems and limit the animal. Also, dogs should not be fed at the table. Instead, they need their own feeding place. This prevents unpleasant begging at the table, which is difficult to get out of the habit.
Overall, the dog breed is considered vital and healthy. Nevertheless, in old age the disease "Glaucoma" unfortunately widespread among the pelt-noses. Another disease related to the kneecaps is often diagnosed in this breed. This is the hereditary disease "Patellar luxation„.
Bichon Frisé care
The Bichon Frisé is a thoroughly uncomplicated dog. As long as he has a caregiver and you spend time with him, he is happy. The education of the dogs is also quite simple. Consistency is nevertheless imperative.
It is best to start with the Basic education already in puppy age of the dog can be started. This makes it a bit easier for both sides. Sound knowledge in dealing with dogs is not required. Thus, they are also suitable for fresh new dog owners.
Another positive aspect of the breed is that they do not require excessive employment. They are not workhorses, so they do not need to be exercised for hours every day. Also, you do not have to constantly offer him a new challenge.
This has the consequence that the Bichon Frisé is suitable as a dog for everyone. Whether young or old - these four-legged friends can be well integrated into almost any household.
The coat care of the Bichon Frisé, on the other hand, is somewhat more complex. But this can be wonderfully used to strengthen the relationship with the animal. The hair of the animals must be regularly and carefully brushed. This is important so that it does not mat. Dirt should also be removed in this way.
However, the coat does not need to be trimmed. Since there is no change of coat, the dog hardly lose hair. This is a great side effect of the breed, which therefore makes him so sympathetic to allergy sufferers. Also, the apartment remains free of annoying tufts of hair.
The Bichon Frisé represents no special demands on its habitat. It can also be used without problems in a smaller apartment be held. Also the Stair climbing is no problem for the nimble four-legged friends. As City Dogs the animals are ideally suited. As long as they have an intimate relationship with their owner and the owner takes care of their needs, the dogs are happy.
Since the clever Bichon Frisés are very docile, you should take different Toys acquire. With this, the little four-legged friend can then not only play extensively, but also improve his skills if necessary.
Even if the cuddly four-legged friend may sleep quite safely in the bed of many owners, he should get his own retreat. Suitable for this purpose Dog baskets or Cuddle caves particularly well.
Origin & History
The Bichon Frisé comes originally from France - at least in its present form. However, the first roots of the dog breed can be traced back to ancient times. At that time, the dogs were mostly companions of the ladies and were considered a kind of status symbol of wealth and prosperity. Exclusively the better society led the fine dogs out.
Even then, the little dogs were very appreciated. However, they were kept not only as lapdogs, but also as guard dogs. Here they reliably indicated any abnormalities.
Already at that time, man saw in the lovable Bichon Frisé first and foremost a partner. Early on, the close bond between man and dog was considered extremely valuable.
The Bichon Frisé was first registered as an independent breed in Belgium in 1924. Today, this is considered the beginning of the targeted breeding of the four-legged friends.