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Bichon Frise: The Perfect Companion Dogs

Feb 5, 2008
The cuddly little Bichon Frise is friendly, affectionate and fun to be with, ideal if you want some undemanding companionship.

Bichon Frise are an American Kennel Club registered breed - a 'pedigree' dog - but these cute little bundles of silky long-haired fur certainly don't act like aristocrats. They're just the ideal 'fur baby' cute, easy to care for, and devoted to their owners.

These lovely little dogs usually weigh about 10 lbs or so, maybe a little more or less, and don't often come much higher that a foot - usually a bit smaller. They often have shiny black-button eyes and are famous for their thick fluffy white coats. The tail is a magnificent plume which floats proudly above the back.

Perfect Dogs as Family Pets

Bichons are a great choice for families with young kiddies, because they love children and have very placid temperaments. Your new-schooler will be safe with this breed, in normal circumstances.

But it's not a good idea to leave a Bichon Frise - or in fact any dog - alone with an infant, because although the Bichon are very gentle and won't usually bit, rough handling by a little one too young to know better can be injure this cute little dog, who is too small and fragile to stand up to much rough-housing.

This breed is friendly; not a problem around other dogs - and unusually, they even get on well with cats, especially kittens!

But it's alwys a good idea to start socialising your dog early. You can pick up some great free tips on training your Bichon at http://www.DogFav.com

Bichon Frise Pine If Left Alone at Home All Day

These affectionate littel pooches love people and will pine if left alone all day. Not the dog for two-career families! Your Bichon Frise needs lots of love and attention and is, in many ways, more like a small child than a self-sufficient animal.

Are Bichon Frise Happy With Apartment Living?

Bichons are a lot more contented than most dogs when kept in small spaces. Your Bichon Frise loves you, wants to be with you, and if you are there, won't mind much where "there" is!

Just take your fur baby for a gentle daily stroll and that will be "outdoorsy" enough for him...

How Easy Is It To Housebreak The Bichon Frise?

The sooner you begin to teach any pup simple commands the better, but the Bichon Frise is easy to train, being affectionate, eager to please, too lazy to be 'naughty', highly intelligent, and small enough that when he does get something wrong you can simply pick him up and set him right.

Your Bichon Frise and Other Dogs

Puppy obedience classes are a good idea for any breed, perfoming the twin functions of teching your puppy to obey and socialising him to other dogs. This is particulary true for Bichon Frise, who are eaxtremely sociable animals who will learn more easily and happily when surrounded by other dogs.

How Much Grooming Does a Bichon Frise Need?

This breed simply adores all the fussing, grooming, training, pampering, and ATTENTION that a show dog gets! Of course, there's no need to show your Bichon, but the breed takes very happily to the show ring.

Your lively little pet's aptitude for learning and ready obedience may just convince you to take to the show circuit, even if right now that's not something you plan on. Bichons are easy to groom because of this characteristic.

What Do Bichon Frise Eat?

Bichon Frises are easy to feed. They like all kinds of different diets and are not expensive to satisfy, not fussy eaters at all.

It's always best to feed your puppy soft foods and lots of milk, and to get him accustomed to having you brush his teeth.

Do Bichon Frise Have Delicate Health?

Bichon Frises are an ultra healthy breed. The breed has no associated health problems, unlike some pedigree dogs with inherited illnesses which are costly to treat.

With a Bichon Frise, your vet bills are likely to be small. But little dogs like this are always fairly likely to have some dental problems, so you may want to pick up our Free Vet's Guide to dog care at http://www.DogFav.com to help you keep the vet bills low and your dog free from toothache!

Caring Well For Bichon Frise

These dogs do need lots of grooming. You will need to brush out your Bichon's fluffy coat frequently or he will soon stop being a beautiful, elegant little dog. You will also need to have his coat cut and shaped at least once a month. For full grooming info, just take a look at our dog care articles on http://www.DogFav.com

So, Is This Puppy The Right Dog For You?

If you want a pet who glories in long hikes through the woods, definitely not! Try a spaniel. If you want a fluffy bundle who will be happy alone at home, no way! Try a Yorkie. But if you're looking for a sweet and affectionate little dog who will love you and give you no cause for anxiety, then the cuddly Bichon Frise may be the right dog for you.
About the Author
BETTY ANDREWS runs http://www.Dogfav.com and works as a part time Administrator and full time Mom - to 2 kids, 3 dogs, and a guineapig! Betty's spiritual home is in San Francisco, but right now she's living in Cyprus because that's where her other half is stationed. Her hobbies are embroidery and ballroom dancing; her fav leisure activity is "anything to do with the ocean". Betty also has a column on Newsvine. You can get to know Betty better at FaceBook http://profile.to/BettyAndrews
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