The Bichon Frise dog breed is a member of the non-sporting group and its roots are originally from the Mediterranean. This dog breed came to the United States sometime around the 1950s but did not become popular with dog owners until the mid-1960s. And it was not until the year 1971 that the AKC (American Kennel Club) recognized the Bichon Frise as an official breed.
These cute animals are considered to be bouncy, playful, and extremely perky with character. Some dog enthusiasts say that the Bichon Frise manages a happy-go-lucky outlook towards life. These dogs are so friendly that strangers can come up to them and pet the dogs with no worry of aggression. And suffice to say, the Bichon Frise gets along very well with young children.
This dog is very responsive, affectionate, and adores cuddling with its family. Because of its need for human companionship, the Bichon Frise cannot be left alone for too long a time. He will become easily upset and bark until company arrives.
Upkeep and Maintenance of the Bichon Frise
Even though they are small, the Bichon Frise does need a bit of daily exercise. A simple walk on the leash, a few laps in the yard, or even rigorous indoor games will work just fine. If you have access to an enclosed backyard or perhaps a field, a great way to exercise these little guys is to have one of its owners stand on one side the grass, and a second owner at the far distance of the other side. Each of you will take turns calling your dog as you watch him run vigorously back-and-forth until he is easily tired.
When it comes to grooming, you will need to brush the Bichon Frise about every other day. This dog breed has a white puffy coat that may need trimming and scissoring on an occasional basis. And although the Bichon Frise does not shed, some hairs do become loose and could entangle with the rest of the coat, causing it to mat.
Bichon Frise Health Information
Like most small dogs, you can look forward to the Bichon Frise with having a lifespan of up to 15 or more years. Veterinarians suggest that you have this breed specifically tested for eye problems, knee dysplasia, and hip dysplasia. Major health problems that seem to stem through a majority of Bichon Frise dogs are allergies, Cushing’s disease, and patellar luxation.
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