Lifespan – 12 to 15 Years. Smaller dogs tend to have a longer lifespan than larger dogs.
Potential Height –9″ to 11″ at the shoulder. They are a ‘puppy for life’ size. That is one of the reasons they are such an ideal companion dog.
Potential Weight – 7 to 12 pounds.
Shedding – None to Little. Bichon Frise are a hypoallergenic breed.
Family Friendly – Yes. The Bichon Frise was bred specifically to be a companion, this breed is a tremendously affectionate dog. The Bichons are great family dogs and wonderful companions for children.
Pet Friendly – Yes.
Breed Origins – The exact origin of the Bichon Frise is uncertain although the earliest records of the Bichon Frise date back to the 14th century when sailors brought them back from their travels. Eventually, the Bichon Frise arrived in Europe and quickly became a favorite with both French and Spanish nobility.
Important Breed Information – The Bichon Frise has a very cheerful disposition and is loves to be the center of attention. The Bichon is a playful breed and dislikes being alone, many Bichons experience separation anxiety if left alone frequently or for long periods of time. If you travel a lot or have a lifestyle that does not permit bringing your fluffy companion along this might not be the breed for you.
If you or your child have mild or moderate dog allergy but still want a dog the Bichon could be the breed for you as they are hypoallergenic. Their thick double coats do not shed but do require their owners to adhere to their extensive grooming requirements.
Bichons are quick studies and have no problem picking up proper canine training from obedience classes. They are also very good at tricks and canine sports.
Bichon Frise is derived from the French “Bichon à poil fries.”
Fur Real Famous
Francisco de Goya the famous Spanish painter painted several works that depicted bichon frises. One of the paintings called “Las Jovenes o la carta” that can be found in Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lile in Paris.