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The Bichon Frise is a cheerful small breed, full of mischief and with a lot of love to give. They are an appealing breed with their looks enhanced by their perky disposition.
The Bichon is a great family pet and are good with children and other pets, so long as they receive their fair share of their owner’s affection!
Their coats are always white coloured, which enhances their black eyes and nose. The Bichon’s coat is double layered and stands away from the body, giving them a powder puff appearance. They do not shed like other breeds, as the hair is caught by the undercoat instead of falling, meaning they can be good for people with allergies. However coat maintenance is not for the faint-hearted, regular grooming is a must to prevent tangles.
The Bichon needs daily exercise, due to their high energy levels, they love to learn tricks and are highly trainable. Firm but gentle training is best as scolding can often break a Bichon’s heart.
Life expectancy: 12 to 15 years
Originating country: The Mediterranean, possibly Tenerife
Temperament: enthusiastic, loving, intelligent
Interesting fact: Despite their small size, barely reaching a foot in height at their largest, Bichon Frise are not classed as a toy dog breed. Instead, they fall under the non-sporting group.