The Bichon Frise is a member of the non-sporting dog breed group. The Bichon Frise is an interesting one because they originated in Spain. This was not the mainland of Spain though, they were actually bred in the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa.
Eventually, they were brought back to continental Europe by sailors. When the Bichon Frise was finally brought back to the European continent they were embraced by many royal families. The countries that had their royal families embrace Bichon Frises were from France, England, and Spain. This is definitely a very special and unique dog breed that can be embraced by royal families.
Is the Bichon Frise for you?
The Bichon Frise definitely needs to be considered one of the most friendly dog breeds. They are typically a joy when around their families and other people. However, all dogs need to be socialized with other animals and people. With a Bichon Frise and all other breeds it is best to do this early in their lives. Ways you can do this include group training sessions, dog park visits, or just exploring the great outdoors.
Bichon Frises are very friendly so much so that they have a hard time being without their owners. This breed is one that struggles with dog separation anxiety.
It is important to train your Bichon Frise to be ok without you always being around. If they do suffer from this it could lead to destructive or unwanted behaviors. As for training the Bichon Frise is one that is very intelligent. They love to learn new commands and tricks. This can also be a great way to keep their brains working and active.
Additionally, the Bichon Frise does shed quite a bit and is something that you will need to be ready for. Knowing that you will need to take care of this breed’s coat is important. You will need to groom them on a relatively regular basis. Also be prepared for some hair around the house. Overall, this breed is good for apartment living due to their small size. They also aren’t the most energetic of breeds either.
Based on these characteristics the Bichon Frise received a score of 8 out of 10 on the Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker.
The Athenas Pets Household Pet Ranker takes into account several characteristics of each breed. Items considered are:
- Willingness to be Trained
- How Comfortable they are around People
- Ability to live in a Household Environment.
The Bichon Frise is one of the smaller sized dog breeds that exist. While the American Kennel Club classifies the Bichon Frise as a non-sporting dog breed. The European Kennel Club classifies them as a toy dog breed. This breed will typically weigh between 6.5 and 11 pounds. They aren’t the lightest breed that you will encounter that honor goes to the Chihuahua who will weigh between 3 and 6 pounds.
As for the height the Bichon Frise will typically fall between 9 and 12 inches when measured at the shoulder. This will typically be a full size dog and the measurement is taken when they are standing on all fours. Again this small size makes them a good match for people that live in apartments.
The Bichon Frise makes for a great cuddly lap dog with their friendly personality. Their desire to learn new commands and intelligence to comprehend them make for a really great breed.
If you have the time to spend with your Bichon Frise and treat them with respect they could be the perfect breed for you. Ideally this breed will fit with active people that enjoy spending time with a furry friend.