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Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

About Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise is popularly known as a French Dog. Originated on Spain’s Tenerife Island, they were earlier used as sailing and herding dogs. The most distinctive features of Bichon Frise are its velvety hypoallergenic coat and large dunk eyes. They are good watch dogs. Their Toy-like appearance makes them favorite among dog lovers.

More About This Breed​

Characteristics

History

Popularly known as sailing or herding dogs, Bichon Fires descend from the most beautiful islands of Tenerife, Spain. It made its first appearance in France and was highly celebrated in the era of Henry III. The Bichon type arose from water dogs and descended from poodle-type dogs and either one of the Spaniel class breeds.

The breed became popular in Europe for its disposition and affectionate nature and became a favorite among Italian nobility. To talk about their fur style, it resembles a “lion style”. Later when the breed’s benefactors were imprisoned, Bichon lost the privilege and had to fend for food on the streets.

This marked the beginning of them entering the circus world. Soon Bichons became the cause of showbiz’s success. The most astonishing fact about Bichons is they travelled much through antiquity and were frequently used as barter items in French. Soon they became popular among French children and painters.

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Personality​

  • They are lovable and cheerful fluffy dogs that cherish the company of their loved ones.
  • These easy-going beauties easily adapt to a fresh environment. They bond quickly with people because of their affectionate nature.
  • Bichon Fries don’t like to be left alone for a long time. She longs for the company of loved ones.
  • She enjoys being the center of attraction.
  • He makes an excellent watchdog and always keeps an eye on activities going on.
  • Bichon Fries are crazily energetic and thus famously known as “Bichon Blitz” or “Bichon Buzz” that cause them to run around the house sporadically.
  • Bichons are smart and love to be trained with exciting tricks. Try to keep training sessions short and enthusiastic. They will end on a happy note.
  • Despite his adorable qualities, he is considered a “difficult” dog breed. It is because of the separation anxiety they encounter when left alone.
  • They are children’s best friends.
  • The best part is, they don’t bark much.

Common Health Problems

Bichons are generally a healthy breed and live a long life till their teens. Despite being a healthy and active breed, they develop certain unavoidable health issues like hip dysplasia. It is a genetic difficulty that could get severe at a later stage.

Apart from this, dental problems are common among Bichons. Hence, it is advisable to consult a dentist once in a while for ensuring healthy teeth and gums.

Owing to the body structure, Bichons can develop Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. The condition causes loss of blood supply to the head of the thigh bone, which eventually leads to its shrinking. 

If your puppy is showing early signs of limping, it might be a caution. Though, the condition can be repaired through surgery.

Bichon Fries suffer from serious bladder problems, allergies, Patellar Luxation, Vaccination Sensitivity, and Juvenile Cataracts.

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Diet

Bichon Fries are susceptible to allergies and their fluffier and smoother skin doesn’t deserve to be marred by allergies, no? A healthy and well-nourished dog is bound to have a healthy and thick shiny coat.

The optimal diet for Bichon contains fresh and whole-food, cooked, raw, or unprocessed. The reason being is this type of food is easier to digest and contains 70% of moisture. If you choose to feed your Bichon processed Kibble, it is ideal to choose grain-free food.

Ensure a high-protein diet for your Bichon as it is digestible, and relief to the kidneys. As the dog ages, it requires more protein, so keep track of the right proportion of protein to include in your Bichon Fries’ diet.

Avoid food that is high in fats, additives that might be poisonous, skin problems, allergies, avoid complex carbohydrates, by-products of meat, Corn, Foods rich in Vitamin K3.

Pups generally need 4 meals a day and each meal with a gap of 4-5 hours. In opposition to this, an adult needs 1/2 cup of food i.e., two meals a day.

The food can include a variety of pork, fish, meat, and poultry, fruits, vegetables. Apart from this, freeze-dried food items are also favourable for the breed.

Prepare a diet chart according to the eating habits of your Bichon Fries. Include more probiotics, fish oil, mackerel, etc in the diet.

Coat Color and Grooming ​

The Bichon Frise is a double-coated breed that is always white. The soft and dense undercoat makes the breed adorable. The powder-puff appearance is something that catches the attention of dog lovers.

Bichon Fries have excessive grooming needs owing to their dense cover. The grooming should begin at a younger stage and your pooch should become used to it.

Brushing fur 2-3 times a week and bathing every once a week ensures healthy fur and coat of Bichon Fries.

Exercise Needs

Known as a sailing and active dog, 30-minutes of exercise per day is sufficient to maintain the good health of your Bichon Fries.