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The Bichon Frise: Know And Understand The Standard

Feb 5, 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.

Though there are many deviations from the Bichon Frise standard, these are no more or no less than what is common among most breeds. Though if a fault is noticed in the Bichon Frise, it must be penalized to no more than the amount of deviation from the standard. In addition, as far as the height mentioned in the standard goes, you should not expect the Bichon Frise to be more than nine and a half inches to eleven and a half inches in either gender.

The Bichon Frise standard is very clear about the qualities that are desired in the breed with regard to general appearance, proportion and substance and which must be present in any Bichon Frise. Thus, the well-bred Bichon Frise should be larger by a quarter at the front-most point in his body as compared to the height at his withers, and the bone should be well contained without being too coarse or too fine.

The Bichon Frise standard is also clear about how the head should be shaped, as too the eyes, and lips, ears and skull as well as muzzle, stop, nose and bite. Also, there are certain desirable qualities that are set out by the Bichon Frise standard with regard to the neck and top line as well as the body. In addition, the forequarters as well as hindquarters must adhere to the standard and the Bichon Frise should also have the proper coat texture and color, the gait must also be free, and his temperament should be gentle, confident and also affectionate.

The Bichon Frise standard requires that the Bichon Frise must have shoulder blades and upper arms as well as forearms of equal length, and the bones in its legs must be straight while pasterns must show a bit of a slant. The coat must be dense as well as soft on the underside while on the outside it should be curly. Overall, the Bichon Frise must be of white color though it may also have dipping of cream, buff and even apricot.

In its movement, the Bichon Frise standard states that he should move freely as well as cautiously and without any effort, and when racing it should hold its head as well as neck in a straight manner. The personality of the Bichon Frise is gentle and it also has an even temper while also being very affectionate and thus has all the qualities that make for an ideal family dog.
About the Author
Mary Stevenson has spent years in breeding and taking care of small dogs and thus is well conversant with all that it takes to breed different dog types. There is a lot of useful Bichon Frise information about the desirable qualities that this breed of dog should possess, and also what its common faults are and how they should be penalized. For anyone that needs to learn more about the standard, there is a lot of useful Bichon Frise information provided in this article.
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