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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Bichon Frisé Temperament, Breed Information And Pictures


Bichon Frise Information and  Breed Notes

Other Animals: Tolerant with all other animals, including cats and small skqueekers.  Very dog friendly, makes an ideal companion for another dog

Protection: Bichons are great watchdogs but far too sweet and lovely to provide anything more protective than a lick.

Exercise: Low to medium, need a vigorous romp or short walk daily.

Grooming: The Bichon Frisé has a powder-puff appearance that comes from its double coat which is fine, silky and with soft corkscrew curls. They require a lot of maintenance to keep that coat in good shape, needing a  brushing and combing routine every other day, along with regular trimming and scissoring. Because they don't shed, Bichons  are considered to be hypoallergenic, that is a non allergic dog breed for allergy sufferers or anyone with sensitivities to dander.

Health Problems: Generally a healthy breed, Bichon Frisés do suffer from pattellar luxation quite a bit and joint problems as they get older.  Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

The Ideal Bichon owner is an indoorsy person and isn't interested in climbing the Himalayas before breakfast but are wise to the Bichon’s fun -bouncy personality ,they are gentle, affectionate and love to spend lots of time grooming and making their dog look its best.

Not recommended for outdoorsy- active types, ‘alpha’ owners, disciplinarians, those lacking a sense of humor or being left alone.

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle.  ,For more information, why not visit this breeds national club or learn more about different  types of small dog breeds.


Bichon Frisé Temperament

The personality of the Bichon Frisé is of a sweet bouncy ball of fluff, very playful, cheeky even, with sporadic bursts of energy that will lead them into all sorts of unknown adventures - usually beyond their fenced in yard or when they escape from the leash.

Their temperament means they score top marks in the playfulness stakes, being simultaneously friendly towards strangers yet making an excellent watch dog - they just love to tell you who’s come to visit!

With an independent streak Bichon Frisés bond well with adults and children alike, they are also very intelligent, charming, and self-assured.

One of the few smaller breeds that is not a "yapper," even though they they are quite a vocal breed.

Bichons are the perfect breed for those desiring a ‘no issues’ companion, who thinks everything about life is just wonderful - the ultimate optimists dog! In fact the Bichon’s temperament is so amiable that they make an ideal first dog for the novice owner.

They are a sensitive breed however whose feelings can get hurt easily by harsh treatment or cross words when all they want do is cuddle up in your lap and give you affection.

Training: Bichons are generally very easy to train , and make surprisingly good watchdogs, able to perform tricks and are extremely sociable with everyone and everything-this competitive and obedient breed is a joy to have around.

The only cloud on their little white fluffy horizon is house training, this can be hard work with a Bichon and requires patience.

Children: One of the very best dog breeds for children The Bichon Frisés temperament makes them one of the few smaller dogs that get along well with children of all ages.

The Bichon Frisé or Bichon has its roots in the Mediterranean and stems from a family of dogs known as Barbichons,  (later shortened to Bichon) of which there were 4 types. This particular Bichon type originally came from the island of Tenerife in the Canary’s, before being brought to mainland Europe by Italian sailors at some point during during the 14th Century.

Their popularity and fortunes have fluctuated throughout history, going from court favourite of the elite one century to earning a living on the streets as a pedlar's dog performing tricks the next, in fact the breed almost became extinct altogether during World War 1. The fact that they survived at all is thanks to a dedicated corp of breeders who resurrected the breed after the war and in In 1933 the breed was officially titled Bichon à poil Frisé (Bichon of the curly coat). These days, all is rosy again and this popular breed just keeps going from strength to strength.

The Bichon Frisé Temperament Is Good Natured, Perky, Friendly, Playful And Fun

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Group: Non Sporting

Size: Small

Recognised By The American Kennel Club and others

Avg Height: 9-12”

 Avg Weight: 7-12 lbs

 Life span: 12-18 yrs

Coat Type:double coated, consisting of a curly outer coat with loose hair and a soft, silky undercoat.

Shed: None Grooming High

 Colouration: White

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This is a common term for those breeds that are considered particularly good for allergy sufferers, whether because of limited shedding, less hair, less dander or a combination of factors

Do You Have A Bichon Frise? We would love love to hear your story, why not upload a picture and share your experiences, tell us why they are your favourite breed. Do You Have A Related Question? - Just ask and we will be happy to help .

“Happy-go-Lucky” Bichons are accepting of everyone:visitors, children, seniors, invalids and dogs from Great Danes to Maltese. If confronted , they’ll roll over as if to say ‘Do what you will’, then crouch with the universal gesture of friendship- a tail wag.”

Chris Walcowicz- the Perfect Match