Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a small, alert and affectionate dog with a white curly non-shedding coat. The Bichon Frise forms part of the toy group of dogs.

Bichon Frise breed Group


Size of the Bichon Frise


Colour varieties of the Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is seen in only one colour, solid white.

Country of origin

The Bichon Frise originates from the Mediterranean area and was originally developed in the 1300s.

Bichon Frise breed introduction and overview

The Bichon Frise is a playful, charasmatic dog with a cheerful temperament. It has become a popular choice of dog for owners over the last 10-15 years, due to its easy going nature and practical size. It is also one of the few dog breeds that does not shed, making it an ideal choice for the house proud pet owner or allergy sufferer.

Bichon Frise temperament

The breed is generally placid, with a lively and slightly extrovert personality. Aggression in the breed is rare, and the Bichon Frise tends to enjoy the company of children, making it a good family pet. Bichons are good with other dogs, and enjoy playing. They can live happily with cats if socialised well from an early age. Care should be taken around other smaller pets,

Size and weight of the Bichon Frise

Height bitch 23-30cms

Height dog 23-30cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 5-10kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 5-10kgs

Exercise requirements of the Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise requires around 30 minutes of exercise daily, making it a suitable breed for the older or not-so-active owner. It can live quite happily in the city or in an apartment as long as it receives the exercise and stimulation it requires.

Is the Bichon Frise a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes, but potential owners should be aware of the substantial financial cost of 6-8 weekly professional grooming sessions the Bichon Frise requires.

Bichon Frise coat length

Medium. The non-shedding coat forms corkscrew curls.

Grooming requirements of the Bichon Frise

The high maintenance Bichon Frise requires regular grooming. The Bichon Frise requires daily brushing with a soft slicker brush to prevent the build up of matts and tangles. The Bichon needs to be trimmed every 6-8 weeks by a professional groomer who can scissor the coat into the Bichon shape, which features a large bell-shaped head. The coat should not be clipped. Expect to pay from  at least £40 for a professional grooming session for your Bichon Frise. Owners often comment that they spend more on the upkeep of their Bichon's grooming sessions than their own haircuts! However, many grooming salons offer short courses on learning to scissor your own dog, which may help at least help keep the coat in good condition between professional grooming sessions and keep costs down.

Hair can build up in the ears, and needs to be gently plucked out. Your groomer can show you how to pluck your dog’s ears correctly.


Yes. The Bichon Frise does not shed, therefore may be a suitable choice of dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is generally a healthy dog, but owners should be aware of health issues in the breed and consult their breeder about the following problems:

  • Auto immune hemolytic anaemia
  • Immune mediated thrombocytopenia
  • Skin allergies

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychologicaldiseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Bichon Frise

A healthy Bichon Frise should expect to enjoy an expected lifespan of 12-15 years

Approximate Bichon Frise pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £500-£600 for a puppy. Litters are normally available and there are generally 1-6 puppies in the average litter.

Estimating how much a Bichon Frise would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 5kgs requires 123gms of complete dry food daily.

A dog weighing 10kgs requires 185gms of complete dry food daily.

A bitch weighing 5kgs costs around £3 per week to feed.

A dog weighing 10kgs costs around £4.50 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment