BICHON FRISE DOG

This beauty white as snow comes from the Tenerife Isle; underneath all this volatile cotton should be a solid structure.

After two weeks the puppy displays its true white color: some have tan or cream shades in the ears.

The most balanced and healthy powder tassel in the canine world, the Bichon Frise is a small dog, pure white, with a plumed tail which it carries cheerfully, matching its playful character. Its eyes are dark, with a soft but alert expression, contrast with its snow white coat. This white angel has black “rings” around the eyes, which add beauty to its expression. Ears drop and are medium length, covered in long hair. The skull is slightly rounded. The face is slightly chiseled under the eyes, but not so much as to give the impression of a weak or pointy muzzle. The nose is prominent and always black. The neck is long and arched; the upper line is straight except for the lumbar area, which is slightly arched; the chest is wide enough to ease free movement to the forelegs; the sternum is well pronounces, slightly protruding; the underline is moderately tucked. The tail is carried high and graciously curved, at spine level, well furred. The tail cannot be docked, or have corkscrew shape, dropped, low inserted, or carried straight over the back. External hair texture is rougher and curlier than the soft and thick undercoat. The hair is silky and fine to the touch. The shape grooming should display the body’s natural contour; grooming should not be exaggerated; in England the Bichon Frise is pure white for the FCI, although other organizations admit cream, buff or apricot patches (more than 10% is not desirable). Wither height is between 23 and 29 cm. Max 30 cm for the FCI.
 
WHO IS BICHON FRISE DOG FOR
Adaptable and family lover, the Bichon Frise is a charming dog with children. It is uncomplicated and devoted. The Bichon Frise stands out as a show dog, with its extraordinary coat. Obedience also stands out, since they combine charm and obedience, an exceptional thing. It is a sweet dog that fits into any lifestyle. It doesn’t like heat, and would rather be indoors most of the time.
 
Growth of the BICHON FRISE DOG

A Bichon Frise puppy is the most charming thing. It never goes through an ugly stage, and its hair develops as plush, naturally.
 
The newborn Bichon Frise weighs around 115 g. After eight weeks it usually weighs between 2 and 3 kg. The puppy’s coat is darker than the adult’s, and lightens with growth. The juvenile nose is pink, but should gain its black pigmentation after three months. The eyes should be dark brown or black, with well pigmented eyelids. Physical maturity is not reached until after a year or year and a half. The Bichon Frise doesn’t mature mentally until it is three or four years old – i.e. it has a really long childhood-. According to breeders, adolescence brings no complications as other breeds. The Bichon Frise usually eats well and has no character problems. The fur change from puppy to adult usually passes without an ugly phase, as often happens in other plush-type coated breeds. A possible complication is teething change, since it is known that the Bichon takes a long time in growing permanent teeth. The owner should control the process, and make sure that he provides good gnawing products to help the new teeth to grow out.
 
BICHON FRISE DOG HEALTH
The Bichon Frise is a lively and very healthy breed, disease resistant and relatively free of congenital and hereditary problems. Its demands in exercise are minimal due to its small size, although the owner should not neglect regular walks and plenty of play. Its desire to please is handy in obedience training, and the owner should make the most of it. The breed doesn’t have socialization problems. In the United States show grooming is very demanding, and requires professional help. Brushing is also important, to avoid knotting and corresponding skin problems. Kneecap dislocation and epilepsy problems have registered in the breed. Bladder stones are more common to females. Priorities for owners are eye, teeth and coat care. The owner must learn to tend and prevent tearing and hair coloration risk. In addition, the Bichon Frise has displayed tendency to suffer dental problems, such as pemphigus and periodontitis, for which we should maintain regular dental prophylaxis. Otherwise, the Bichon Frise is a strong and long-lived little dog, being able to reach an average of 17 years.

Get the Bichon Frise puppy used to sessions or home life from an early stage, the Bichon needs considerable care as far as brushing and trimming.