Bichon Frise

Non-sporting Breed

Courtesy of The Bichon Frise Club of NSW, Inc.

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Notes for owners
Maintains a “powderpuff” look Bathe monthly, groom frequently
A lap dog for the French Royality.  Very little shedding and could be OK for allergy sufferers.

This small, white lap-dog has travelled relatively unchange from the 12th Century.  The Bichon Frise has been a circus trickster, an sailor, and French and Spanish pet.  All in all it has maintained a lively, carefree dog willing to please children and adults.  May be difficult to housebreak.

The AKC standard suggests that Bichon’s should be between 9½-11½ inches tall with black or dark brown, rounded eyes with dark halos.  (“Halo” is the skin surrounding the eyes, just behind he actual rim of the eye.)  Teeth must form a scissor bite, that is, the top and botom teeth fit/meet together.

The coat of the Bichon is one of the breed’s distinguishing characteristics.  The coat should have a soft, dense undercoat with an outercoat that is of a coarser and curlier texture.  After grooming, the coat “stands” off the body, giving a powderpuff appearance.

The Bichon does not “yip” like many other of the smaller breed dogs. They have a happy temperament and they need to be around people to be happy — in fact, they are the happiest when they are part of a family and its activities.  Good with other pets and children.  Because Bichon’s have become lap-dogs, and may not get the exercise they need, OBESITY can become a problem.

Read PGAA’s Hypoallergenic Dogs article.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Description

The Bichon Frise Club of America

Bichon Frise USA

Bichon Frise Club of Canada

Bichon Frise FAQ’s

Bichon Frise in Art



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