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Bichon Frise

Origin Spain Belgium
GroupCompanion Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Bichon Frise have? The breed also known as...
Bichon Frise, Tenerife Dog, Bichon A Poil Frise, Bichon Tenerife, Purebred Bichon
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
How much does the Bichon Frise puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
If you choose to purchase the Bichon Frise, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Bichon Frise gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

What is the Bichon Frise's size? How big is this dog?
How much does the Bichon Frise weigh?
7-13 pounds (3-6 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
10 pounds (4.5 kg)
How tall is the Bichon Frise?
Male: 9-12 inches (23–30 cm) Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
Male: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) Female: 10 inches (25.5 cm)

Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Bichon Frise have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the Bichon Frise's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
How to groom the Bichon Frise and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Bichon Frise requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your Bichon Frise is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Bichon Frises shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
Bichon Frises shed quite a little. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of the hair loss mostly depends on their health status and breed type. Bichon Frises could be a good choice if you don't really like dog hair.


What kind of personality does the Bichon Frise have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Bichon Frise?
Average: Bichon Frise's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Are Bichon Frises easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Bichon Frises are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful dog breed is this dog?
The Bichon Frise is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
They are a little bit more emotional than other dog breeds. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Bichon Frises don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Bichon Frises are loving and affectionate dogs. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
Bichon Frises need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Do Bichon Frises bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Average: The Bichon Frise barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Bichon Frises good watchdogs?
Bichon Frises are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered as their main job.
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have a protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Bichon Frise do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
Bichon Frises have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Bichon Frises need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Bichon Frise to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
Bichon Frises have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Bichon Frises don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals. Their prey drive is low.
Apartment Friendly
Are Bichon Frises good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Bichon Frises are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Bichon Frises kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Bichon Frises are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Bichon Frises get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
Bichon Frises are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do Bichon Frises get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
Bichon Frises are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Bichon Frise can be a great choice.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do Bichon Frises have health problems?
Bichon Frises are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy
How long do Bichon Frises live? What is this dog average life span?
12-15 years
Is the Bichon Frise breed hypoallergenic?
Bichon Frises do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Bichon Frise have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
Bichon Frises have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Bichon Frises require per day?
Bichon Frises don't need too much exercise. A few daily walks should be enough for them.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Bichon Frises like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Bichon Frise need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Bichon Frise's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Bichon Frise's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Bichon Frise could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Bichon Frise. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.


Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Bichon Frise: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Bichon Frise have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Bichon Frise have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-5 puppies


  • Hypoallergenic: Bichon Frises do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Bichon Frises shed quite a little.
  • Drooling tendency: The Bichon Frise is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Apartment Friendly: Bichon Frises are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Adaptability: Bichon Frises adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.


  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Stinkiness: The Bichon Frise has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Territorial: Bichon Frises are not the best to protect their territory.

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