Origin and brief history:

The Bichon Frise is a small shaggy dog that has been very popular every since the 1500s renaissance era in France and Spain.  Prior to that, they were famous for being ship dogs, and were often seen as a seaman’s companion dating all the way back to the 1400s.  The Bichon Frise is more commonly referred to as a sheep dog, and was introduced to the United States in the 1950s.  This dog is widely known to be a good dog for people who suffer from allergies, which is another reason for the widespread success as a breed.



Because of their extremely friendly and playful disposition, the Bichon Frise is consistently one of the top dogs for companionship all throughout the world.  This is an extremely loyal dog, and much of it’s personality depends on how the owner chooses to shape it.  Naturally they are very sociable and friendly dogs, and will even be loveable to strangers.  The Bichon Frise can also be taught to be a good watch dog, and if trained properly the can become extremely obedient.



One of the most attractive qualities about the Bichon Frise is that they do not shed very much.  The are commonly thought to be a dog that does not shed at all, although this is not quite the case.  However, the Bichon Frise has been bred to be hypoallergenic, which greatly cuts down on the amount of shedding and dander that they give off.  Because of their shaggy fur, they will still require regular brushing in order to keep it free of knots and looking it’s best.  Some owners choose to cut their fur very short, which gives the dog a puffy look.


Specification of Breed:

The Bichon Frise has a lifespan of about 12-13 years.  They weigh anywhere from 10-20 pounds, and typically stand at 10-12 inches tall.  Their dense and floppy fur can naturally make them appear to be much larger dogs.  Although most dogs were originally bred for performing some type of task, the Bichon Frise has always been famous for simply being a great companion dog.


Buyer Beware:

The Bichon Frise is a great dog in many respects, and there are not a lot of drawbacks to this lovable breed.  As with most dogs, if they are not trained properly from a young age they can develop poor habits or bad personality traits.  The Bichon Frise is not quite as smart as some of the more highly intelligent dogs, so training them may require a little more persistence in the beginning.



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