Bichon Frise: 101 Is a Bichon the right breed for your family? From breed information, health issues and where to purchase a puppy... You'll find it all right here...
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| Trainability ||Intelligent but can be stubborn |
|General Breed Health ||Choose a breeder wisely. Never purchase a pet store puppy. |
|Ease of House Training ||Use only positive training techniques |
|Low Maintenance ||Not low maintenance. Will need regular grooming. |
|Good w/Other Pets ||Socializing early and often never hurts.|
|Non-Shedding ||Bichons are non shedding, but not necessarily hypoallergenic. Why.|
|Good With Children? ||Bichons are good with older Well-behaved children only.|
|Watch Dogs-Bichons are devoted watch dogs! You can trust your Bichon to alert you upon every knock at the door or ring of the bell.|
Size- Show dogs typically range between 9 1/2" to 11 1/2" high at the shoulders and 7 to 18 pounds. Temperament, as opposed to size, should your first consideration when shopping for any breed. Pet quality dogs can vary in size.
Friendly-This is a very "people friendly" breed. Not especially shy or timid, he can be trusted not to nip at the heels of strangers. This breed is also friendly with and tolerant of other animals, especially other Bichons.
Trainability-Patience will get you much further than scolding with any breed. Shouting, impatient or harsh training is completely unnecessary and will hinder progress. Patience will go a long way when training a Bichon Frise. They have a tendency to be stubborn and are noted for having a mind of their own. We highly recommend these positive training techniques.
Excitability- More sensitive than quick-tempered, adult Bichons are gentle and easy going. They are known to love children and are normally tolerant, but supervision is always recommended.
Non Shedding- They are non-shedding dogs (losing very little to no hair), but if you have allergies to dogs, learn more about what makes a dog hypoallergenic before committing to a Bichon Frise.
|Why not consider Adoption First? Because of the popularity of small dogs increasing and the current economy, millions of purebred dogs are ending up in shelters. Even rescue groups are having a hard time keeping up and dogs are dying needlessly. There are thousands of Bichons in need of rescue. Click here and type in your zip code to start your search for a barely used dog near you!|
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Housebreaking difficulties- Some toy breeds are difficult to housebreak... A Bichon Frise is no exception. You'll need to be very patient and probably clean up several messes in the meantime. Small dogs come with small bladders. Click here for helpful training tips for tricks and housebreaking.
Separation Anxiety is common. He will show you his frustration by destructive chewing and barking or by having "accidents" on your furniture. This is probably not the breed for you if you work long hours and would have to leave him home alone.
Maintenance- Care must be taken to keep the face of your Bichon clean. Discharge from their eyes accumulates in the fur and can cause serious problems when it builds in front of the eye. Brushing at least twice weekly and regular grooming will help to keep your dog's fur from becoming matted.
Not recommended for homes with small children- Though the Bichon Frise is a sturdy little dog for the most part, they are still a small breed dog. They are known to enjoy the company of children, but small dogs and toddlers don't mix. A Bichon Frise would be much better suited to a home with older, well-behaved children, as opposed to a home with toddlers.
A 10-15+ year commitment- Dogs lose their homes for some of the saddest reasons. When considering a dog, some people think only of what the dog can do for them... companionship, watch dog and crazy enough, some people consider them status symbols. But if you're currently renting, considering a move, school, career change, feel like you won't have time for the dog, etc. or any of the other reasons people abandon their pets, consider the bad things that happen to dogs when their owners can no longer care for them before you purchase a puppy.
|The Bichon Frise, in general, is a healthy breed. You can help keep it this way by avoiding pet store puppies. Many pet stores buy their dogs from puppy mills and puppy brokers. Puppy mills are horrible places where dogs are treated as breeders and kept in barns and in cages for their entire lives. Most of the time the dogs are sick and so are the puppies. Read our FAQ page to learn more about puppy mills and how you can avoid them. |
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Luxating patellas-A joint condition in which kneecaps dislocate. This is very painful for your dog and expensive to correct. This is a common complication among many small breed dogs. The use of Pet Steps has been shown to significantly decrease the occurrence of hip and knee conditions in dogs of all sizes.
Kidney Stones- Obviously painful, Bichons seem to be at the disadvantage of being predisposed to painful bladder and kidney stones. Fresh water should always be available to your dog and can help prevent minerals from forming.
Skin Disorders-also affect Bichons. Dog allergies are pretty common and can lead to unsightly bald spots and irritation caused by their own chewing and pulling out of fur. Learn more about allergy symptoms and treatment.
Cataracts and Ear Infections are also common ailments of the Bichon Frise.
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