Height: 9-12 inches
Weight: 10-14 lbs.
Life Span: 12-15 yrs.
Breed Group: Companion Dogs
The bichon frise is gentle, playful, and affectionate and gets along with
children and other animals.
It loves to please and so is an outstanding obedience-class student, though
sometimes it has difficulty with house training. This is an ideal dog for
the city or suburbs, for the young or elderly.
The undercoat is soft and dense, the outercoat coarser and curlier. The
combination of the two feels like plush or velvet and springs back when
patted. Coat color is white, possibly with shades of buff, cream, or apricot
on the ears.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
The bichon frise requires extensive daily brushing to avoid an unkempt,
matted appearance. Professional grooming every eight to twelve weeks is
The bichon frise requires only a few leisurely walks around the block and
some playtime daily.
The bichon frise originated in the Mediterranean area in the Middle Ages,
but its ancestry is not known. A favorite of European royalty, it was bred
to be an ideal companion.
It is especially important to obtain a bichon frise from a reputable breeder.
Breed-related health concerns: patellar luxation, epilepsy, dental
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club