Bichon Frise


A small, white, fluffy, happy dog. Charming, lively and playful but also sensitive. Very sociable and people orientated. A lovely companion dog. Bichons make excellent first time dogs.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: Low. An hour a day will suit a Bichon. Does enjoy playing outside.

Size: 9-11 inches to shoulder

Weight: 7-11 lbs

Colour: White

Town or Country: Does very well as a city dog but can live in both town and country

Low Allergy: Yes

Best Suited for: A city or town family with older or respectful children, or singles and couples, all with limited home space and low to moderate time for exercise. And for people who see grooming as beneficial ‘bonding’ time. First time dog owners.

Group: Toy

Originally From: The Canary Islands (possibly) but popular in France and Italy in the 16th century.

Original Purpose: Companion. A circus performer originally, and companion dog.

Living Space: Low, indoors and outdoors.

Coat: Soft, white and curly.

Grooming: High. Needs brushing every day and washing at least once a month. Requires professional grooming once a month.

Children: Good with children, but sensitive and don’t appreciate rough handling by young children. Probably better with older, calmer and more considerate children.

Sociability with strangers: High. Outgoing and cheerful.

Sociability with animals or other dogs: High. Usually very tolerant and adaptable.

Trainability: Easy to train for obedience and tricks. However more difficult for house-breaking (housetraining) and tend to require indoor crates to achieve this.

Noise Level: Low. Barks little and easy to live with. However will make good watch dogs for when visitors arrive.

Known Health Issues: These include blocked tear ducts, skin allergies and cataracts. Also very sensitive to flea bites

Lifespan: 12-15 years

Special Needs: Take care to avoid coat matting around eyes and around bottom    Send article as PDF