The Bichon Frise, or otherwise known as the curly lap dog, is a definite crowd favorite. These little white dogs were once wildly popular in the circus but are much more widely used as family pets these days. Luckily, they still retain their trick learning abilities and families across the United States and abroad have no trouble training them to entertain. These guys are lively, affectionate, friendly, entertaining, funny, sweet, and are loyal to a fault. Also, if you have dog allergies, you may fair a bit better with this breed. They've been known to not affect humans who suffer from allergies as bad as some other breeds do. The Bichon Frise is a non-shedding dog. Interestingly, these dogs grow hair as opposed to fur. This is good on the allergy front, but it does mean that they'll require slightly more grooming. Overall, this breed of dog and puppy is great with kids, adults, and families as a whole.
Continue reading to learn more about Bichon Frise, commonly known as a Bichon or a curly lap dog.
Popularity: Somewhat popular.
Trainability: Due to its intelligence, the Bichon Frise puppy or adult dog is fairly simple to train. It can learn tricks and is fairly eager to please. It is important to start early in puppyhood with socialization because you want this dog to be as friendly and used to people as possible in adulthood.
Size/Weight: Small sized dogs, weighing in at an average of 12-18 pounds.
Origin Location/Date: The Bichon is a descendant of the Mediterranean breed called the Barbet. The breed goes all the way back to the 1300s in the Canary Islands and was kept as a pet by the upper class in France and Italy. They became increasingly popular in the United States in the 1950s.
Energy Level: Even though it's small, this breed is surely active. The Bichon Frise needs lots of daily play as well as walks on a leash. If you have a back yard, even better. It will enjoy running around outside and playing games inside. Be warned though, this dog likes to spontaneously run around both inside and outside like crazy while barking and even growling. It's quite entertaining to watch.
Temperament: The Bichon Frise is a friendly dog that's great with kids, families and other animals in the home. This dog is generally happy, curious and cheerful. It's also gentle and playful and is endearing to most people and pets. The Bichon is a true lover of attention, so it'll be willing to take what you're willing to give.
Necessary Space: Since this breed of dog is quite small, apartment living is just fine. While the Bichon does love exercise, it can get a lot of what it needs indoors. Of course, you'll need to walk it daily, but that's a given with any dog.
Talents: This dog can act like a clown and do tricks with the best of them. All that's needed is a bit of training. This breed also loves to cuddle and will be content as your best friend. Believe it or not, the Bichon is also a wonderful watch dog and can alert you to anything that may be amiss.
Life Expectancy: 15-18 years.
Group: Non-Sporting group.
A few terms and phrases to describe the typical Bichon Frise puppy and dog: friendly, entertaining, small, endearing, happy, curious, easily trained, playful, amusing, clownish, affectionate, lively, loves attention, good family dog, good with kids, good with other pets, alert and a good watch dog.