Recognized for their beauty, alertness and intelligence, the Bichon Frise is well known for their white, hypoallergenic coat, their adaptability and playful demeanor. Although they are good watch dogs, they are lovers who believe everyone is their friend. They get along well with children and other animals. Bichon Frises are 9.5 to 11.5 inches to the withers. Weight is between 12 to 18 lbs with a life expectancy of 14 to 15 years.
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Bichons belonged to a group of little white dogs known as Barbichon types. These dogs developed in Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. Other dogs belonging to this group are the Bolognese, Havanese and Maltese. It is believed that a breed, known then as a Bichon Tenerife, grew in popularity with sailors and is the primary ancestor of today’s Bichon Frise.
In the 13th century, Bichons became popular within the European nobility, but after the French Revolution in 1789, the breed found themselves out in the streets to fend for themselves. But not long after, Bichons became entertainers in circuses for they are easy to train, impossibly cute and always at their best in the spotlight.
After the 20th century, the Bichon lost popularity again, but a few fanciers from France and Belgium gather them from the streets and help the breed survive. In 1933 the breed became recognized in France as the Bichon a Poil Frise (the Bichon of curly hair).
In America, the Bichon Frise Club was founded in San Diego in 1964. The AKC recognized the breed in 1971.
Grooming Styles for the Bichon Frise
The standard Bichon Frise haircut brings their best features to light. With a big round face and crest, strong body and full legs, it gives the breed an air of elegance and beauty. They are clipped this way for show, however, they look cute in just about any style!
In full coat, the Bichon requires much grooming attention as their curls will easily tangle if not brushed frequently. Their ears require plucking as hair grows in the canal and can cause ear infections if not taken care of.
Most pet Bichons are kept in modified show clips (shorter pattern length) or in puppy cuts. This allows for easier care and more comfort in an active life.
Some Final Thoughts:
Bichons are popular family dogs, they are great companions as they are easy to train and easily adapt to different lifestyles.
We can't wait to see you and your Bichon Frise in our shop for some styling! And if you don't own one, but are interested, we always recommend adoption. Below are some links to learn more about adopting a Bichon Frise as a new loyal (and cute!) family friend.