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Bichon Frise

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Dog Breed Group
Non Sporting Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Spain 
Life Expectancy
15 + Years 
Color
White, but a few shadings of buff, cream, or apricot. Eyes are dark, and nose is black. 
Coat
Long and loosely curling. 
Exercise Needs
Most of their exercise needs can be met with just playing, but they do love to walk and romp in open areas. 
Temperament
A gentle-mannered, sensitive little dog that is playful and affectionate. This breed has been called the ultimate companion dog. 
Good with Children
He is well suited to all ages and can adjust to a wide range of living arrangements. Bichon's do well with the elderly or disabl 
Grooming Needs
Regular grooming is essential with the teeth and gums requiring special attention since there is a strong tendency for tartar fo 
Average Size - Male (in)
9.5 - 11.5 
Average Size - Female (in)
9.5 - 11.5 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
N/A 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
N/A 
Health Issues
No known heritable problems. Some problems with knees, block tear ducts, skin ailments, cataracts and epilepsy. Has a strong tenv
Living Conditions
Apartment is fine if daily walks are given. An owner of a Bichon should be patient, consistent and be able to take time to train 

Breed Description

The Bichon Frise is a small, sturdy, white powder puff of a dog whose merry temperament is evident by his plumed tail carried jauntily over his back. He loves to be the center of attention and is always eager to please. He makes a delightful and amusing companion. The exact origin of the Bichon Frise is still unknown today. Though many agree that he existed before the time of Christ. Some say he descends from the Maltese, others claim he was a dwarf breed that resulted from crossing of a miniature Spaniel and a miniature Poodle with Cayenne dogs.

Breed Infobits

The Bichon Frise is also known as the Teneriffe.
With proper attention, the Bichon Frise will develop into a wonderful companion animal.
The Bichon Frise is a delightful little dog with a very strong character.
The Bichon Frise was derived from the Maltese before the fourteenth century.
In Norway, farmers recently discovered that it could be trained to round up sheep.

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