X
X

Bichon Frise

Bichon-Frise-2

A Curious Cotton Ball

Bouncy, friendly, playful

Bichon Frises are alert, lively, and quirky, small dogs. These lap dogs love to show off and receive attention which makes them great with children, strangers, and other dogs. These divas are adaptable to live in most climates, but may show signs of separation anxiety if left alone. Bichons make great companions for families, apartment dwellers, and those with allergies. A short daily walk or play session is enough exercise for Bichons.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs. 

Breed Details

Height:9.5-11.5 in. Weight:10-16 lb Lifespan:14-16 years

Size
2

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
5

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Bichon Frises are well suited for apartment living but they will need a daily walk and regular inside play.

Grooming: They have a high maintenance double coat that doesn't shed much. They require daily brushing and regular trimming to prevent mats.

Dental: Bichon Frises generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don't worry - your veterinarian can show you how!

The Bichon Frise is an affectionate dog that is easy to live with and loves to perform tricks.

Positive Traits: 

  • Quirky, entertaining personality 

  • Alert, curious, and busy 

  • An excellent family dog that loves human companionship 

  • Always on the go, with a keen eye for adventure 

  • Lively, with a friendly personality 

  • Good with kids and other pets 

Negative Traits: 

  • Difficult to housebreak 

  • Can be snappy when nervous 

  • Needs frequent attention from her family 

  • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much 

  • Coat requires regular brushing and grooming 

  • May have a tendency to bark excessively

Whether you are considering adding a new Bichon Frise to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Bichon Frise will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Bichon Frise you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert. 

Some health concerns a Bichon Frise could encounter:

The Bichon Frise was transported from the Mediterranean by Spanish sailors during the 13th century. They were originally bred for human companionship and became favorite companions of French and Italian nobility. Bichons excelled as trick-performing circus dogs. The Bichon is a small healthy dog with an average lifespan of 14-16 years. Some genetic conditions have been seen in the Bichon, like liver shunts and cataracts. Early detection is the key to a long and happy life, so be sure to schedule routine checkups.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Bichon Frise shows signs of the following:

  • Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath 

  • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating 

  • Cloudiness to eye lens 

  • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye 

  • Gums that are a color other than bright pink 

  • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine 

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

  • Care

    Routine Care: Bichon Frises are well suited for apartment living but they will need a daily walk and regular inside play.

    Grooming: They have a high maintenance double coat that doesn't shed much. They require daily brushing and regular trimming to prevent mats.

    Dental: Bichon Frises generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don't worry - your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    The Bichon Frise is an affectionate dog that is easy to live with and loves to perform tricks.

    Positive Traits: 

    • Quirky, entertaining personality 

    • Alert, curious, and busy 

    • An excellent family dog that loves human companionship 

    • Always on the go, with a keen eye for adventure 

    • Lively, with a friendly personality 

    • Good with kids and other pets 

    Negative Traits: 

    • Difficult to housebreak 

    • Can be snappy when nervous 

    • Needs frequent attention from her family 

    • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much 

    • Coat requires regular brushing and grooming 

    • May have a tendency to bark excessively

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Bichon Frise to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Bichon Frise will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Bichon Frise you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert. 

    Some health concerns a Bichon Frise could encounter:

  • History

    The Bichon Frise was transported from the Mediterranean by Spanish sailors during the 13th century. They were originally bred for human companionship and became favorite companions of French and Italian nobility. Bichons excelled as trick-performing circus dogs. The Bichon is a small healthy dog with an average lifespan of 14-16 years. Some genetic conditions have been seen in the Bichon, like liver shunts and cataracts. Early detection is the key to a long and happy life, so be sure to schedule routine checkups.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Bichon Frise shows signs of the following:

    • Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath 

    • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating 

    • Cloudiness to eye lens 

    • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye 

    • Gums that are a color other than bright pink 

    • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine 

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

Bichon Frise Discussions

Share your thoughts and experiences, ask questions, or just show your love for the Bichon Frise breed here!

Select Another Breed

To view the sources for the information listed on this page, see our Dog Breed Guide Reference page.

Trupanion Provides Peace of Mind

  1. One Simple Plan

    To get comprehensive coverage without complexity.

  2. 90% Coverage

    To ease your financial commitment in a time of worry.

  3. No Payout Limits

    To get your pet the best care, whatever the cost.

  4. Vet Direct Pay

    So you don't wait for reimbursement checks.

processing
X

Thank you for visiting Trupanion.

pumpkin

Unfortunately, Internet Explorer 7 and earlier versions are not compatible with some areas of our website.

If you wish to enroll or activate a certificate, we encourage you to upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer, use Google Chrome or Safari browsers to access our website, or you can simply call us at 855.591.3100.

Otherwise, you may continue browsing the rest of our website.

opacity