Bichon Frise Dog Breed

Happy Bichon Frise
  • Other names:
  • Bichon A Poil Frise
  • Bichon Tenerife
  • Tenerife

The bichon frise is a perky small dog breed with a doll face and a body covered in white fluffy hair. They are often mistaken for white toy poodles due to their size and coat appearance. The breed is well known for their cheerful attitude and happy demeanor. Their charm quickly makes them the center of attention, which is what the bichon frise wants most of all.

The bichon frise is an intelligent dog breed and is highly trainable. Their small size makes them an ideal dog for any apartment, but they do suffer from separation anxiety which is something potential owners need to consider if they are frequently away. They do have a lot of energy, but as a small dog their exercise requirements is less than larger dogs breeds with the same level of energy.

Bichon Frise Breed Details

Breed Specs
Purebred12-15 yrs.9-11 in.7-12 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

Below are the characteristics and traits for the bichon frise dog breed:

Bichon Frise Breed Description

The bichon frise has officially been around since the 1300's, however that was the first documented records of the breed so it's likely they were around for much longer. Regardless, when the bichon frise arrived in Europe it has grown in popularity and is today one of the most popular 25 dog breeds.

The breed's happy attitude, intelligence, and charm has made it a favorable dog for centuries. The bichon frise is elegant enough to be favored among kings, charming enough to be used by performers for entertainment, and intelligent enough to be used as guide dogs. Needless to say, it comes as no surprise that the dog is still a favorite among breeders and families.

Bichons make great companion dogs and are wonderful with children. They are very tolerant of sudden noises and commotion commonly associated with small kids. The bichon frise does well with other pets, but they can become a jealous dog if they feel other pets are getting more attention than they are. The breed suffers from separation anxiety, so it's not recommended for owners who are frequently away from their pets.

Bichon Frise Coloring

Below are common coat colors of the bichon frise.

Bichon Frise Photos

Below are pictures of the Bichon Frise dog breed.

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Bichon Frise Puppy
Bichon Frise Dog Breed
White & Apricot Bichon Frise
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Bichon Frise Head
Happy Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise Health

Below are health issues and concerns most common in Bichon Frises

  • Allergies
  • Bladder Stones
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Juvenile Cataracts
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Vaccination Sensitivity
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Bichon Frise Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Bichon Frise as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Registry
  • American Kennel Club
  • America's Pet Registry
  • Australian National Kennel Council
  • Canadian Kennel Club
  • Continental Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • Federation Cynologique Internationale
  • Kennel Club of Great Britain
  • National Kennel Club
  • New Zealand Kennel Club
  • North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
  • United Kennel Club
  • American Canine Association, Inc.
  • The Bichon Frise Club Of America
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