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The Bichon Frise General Appearance

Aug 13, 2008
The Bichon Frise may be small in size, but he is sturdy and also white in color (in most cases) and it is a powder puff of a dog. Its merry temperament is easy to see when you look into its inquisitive eyes and also observe the jaunty manner with which he carries his plumed tail. What's more, the Bichon Frise standard does not reveal any great exaggerations or faults in the breed and thus you will normally find the Bichon Frise to be free from imbalances or unsound movements.

The average purebred Bichon Frise is also known to have deviations from the American Kennel Club standard, much like any other breed, though the standard may not actually specify all possible faults. Whatever faults are noticed from the ideal defined by the Bichon Frise standard can be penalized to the extent that the faults deviate from the standard. According to the standard, it is normal for the males as well as females to stand between nine and a half inches to eleven inches in height.

The Bichon Frise standard also states that the skull of the Bichon Frise must be of a slightly rounded shape and the head must be balanced in the ratio of five parts skull and three parts muzzle when measured from nose to stop and from stop to its occipital parts. In addition, the standard also requires that the jaw be strong while the nose must be prominent and black in color and the lips should be black while not drooping.

A well-bred Bichon Frise should also possess a long neck that must blend well with its shoulders. And the chest must also be well developed and it should be adequately wide to allow the Bichon Frise to move his feet easily. The tail should be well developed and must curve back in a stylish as well as elegant manner and should rest with grace on the back of the dog.

When all is said and done, the Bichon Frise standard has laid out the way that the breed should look, and what its size as well as proportion and substance should be. In addition, there are certain guidelines as to its physical build, and its coat and color also should conform to standards.

Though there would hardly be any instances when you will find a Bichon Frise that possesses all of the required qualities, the more it is free from faults, the better will be its outlook, temperament and other qualities.

The Bichon Frise standard is also clear that a well-bred Bichon Frise must be able to move without impediments and the movement should be effortless as well as cautious. The Bichon Frise dog should hold its head high and his neck in a straight manner when he is running at a good pace.

Also, the Bichon Frise personality must be affectionate, gentle as well as of good temper, which should ensure that he would make an ideal family dog.
About the Author
Mary Stevenson is an avid lover of the Bichon Frise and owns a popular website that can show you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Bichon Frise. Among other topics at this website, you will find out more about Bichon Frise Types plus a whole lot more.
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