How does a happy, cute looking dog with a mischievous nature sound? Perfect, right? That’s the Bichon Frise for you. This curious and playful breed belongs to the AKC’s Non-Sporting Group and stands 9-12 inches tall on average and weighs around 12-18 pounds. The average lifespan of a Bichon Frise dog is 14-15 years.
Bichon Frises are highly affectionate pooches who do exceedingly well with young children and other dogs in the family. The are relatively easy to train with gentle guidance and have a moderate barking tendency. You can expect your Bichon Frise to have quite high energy and this dog does need to stay somewhat active. Their physical exercise as well as mental stimulation needs are moderate or average. A Bichon Frise will love to play fetch in the backyard with their family or go for a long walk around the block every day.
The Bichon Frise has a coat that does not shed or sheds very little. However, this is a high-maintenance dog because its curly, long, double coat requires frequent daily or at least 2-3 times weekly brushings. Bichon Frises are not big droolers, however.
The Bichon Frise is very open to strangers and treats everyone they meet like their long lost friend. They are playful and adaptable but probably not the first-choice breed if you’re looking for a guard dog. With that said, a Bichon Frise can be protective in nature and might just make a nice little watchdog.
All in all, the Bichon Frise has a charming personality, beautiful looks, and high intelligence which make him instantly lovable and evoke smiles all around. Additionally, this breed’s hypoallergenic coat appeals to people who have dog allergies.
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