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.
The Bichon Frise is seen in only one colour, solid white.
The Bichon Frise originates from the Mediterranean area and was originally developed in the 1300s.
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.
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,
Height bitch 23-30cms
Height dog 23-30cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 5-10kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 5-10kgs
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.
Yes, but potential owners should be aware of the substantial financial cost of 6-8 weekly professional grooming sessions the Bichon Frise requires.
Medium. The non-shedding coat forms corkscrew curls.
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.
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:
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.
A healthy Bichon Frise should expect to enjoy an expected lifespan of 12-15 years
Expect to pay around £500-£600 for a puppy. Litters are normally available and there are generally 1-6 puppies in the average litter.
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.
Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including: