The Bichon Frise: “The Small, Curly-Haired Dog”

Breed History

The Bichon Frise can trace its history all the way back to the 14th century but was only recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972. These small, curly-haired dogs (as their name translates) were beloved lapdogs of King Henry III. They’ve since become beloved by many, ranking in the top 50 most popular breeds in the United States.

Smart and Sturdy

Bichon Frises are sturdy lapdogs, weighing between 10 and 20 pounds and reaching 12 inches tall. Their heartiness makes them great companions for young and growing families in addition to families with older children. They can adapt to almost any climate and living situation as long as they have some form of daily exercise.

The Bichon Frise is a highly intelligent dog that is eager to please. They are easy to train and love to learn new tricks! However, these dogs do require some work. Their double coat of hair doesn’t shed, which is a relief for allergy sufferers, but they require regular grooming because that hair just keeps growing.

Health and Wellness

Bichon Frises are healthy dogs that can live for a very long time. However, given their lapdog disposition, they’re prone to weight gain. These dogs are smart and eager to please, so training and exercise, along with a diet that helps maintain healthy muscle mass, is key. The Bichon Frise can also be prone to dental disease, so make sure to brush their teeth regularly. You can also find food with a kibble specially formulated to help reduce tartar formation. Some foods will also include ingredients to help keep that beautiful coat in tip-top condition.

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