About The Bichon Frise Dog
Among the small dog breeds, the Bichon Frise is one of the friendliest. Unlike dauschunds, pomeranians, jack russell terriers, and other small dogs the Bichon Frise is not a loud, prone to yapping kind of dog. This bodes well for your ears, and your surrounding neighbors’ ears.
Sometimes it can be difficult finding the “not too hot, not too cold” dog for your family, especially if have any children. Most parents have a tendency to shy away from smaller dogs because of reputations certain breeds have for snapping and a general irritation for the younger homosapiens. This is not so with the delightful Bichon Frise. You will find yourself with a dog that revels in attention and socializing. The love the company of humans, adults and children a like.
The Bichon Frise Cradle Of Life
So where did this white puffball of love and fun come from? The Bichon Frise is a cross between the Barbet water spaniel and the Poodle. Good thing it was not named the “Barpoo” or “Poobet”, or even “Bandle.” The Bichon was bounced around the Mediterranean countries before eventually ending up in France. The name is French, but that accent is so Anglo-Saxon.
Bichon Frise dogs are white, and definitely have the poodle-esque coat with more curls than Shirley Temple could shake a stick at. Or tap dance, sing, and smile to. Two little black round eyes and a button nose give the face…well, a face. Their tail curls up, making it almost look like they prance when they walk. That is an emphasis on “when” as these cute little dogs have the most fun when they are carried around. Wouldn’t you rather be toted then have to walk? Humans have vehicles, elevators, escalators, and those moving walk-ways in the airports. And Bichon Frise dogs have humans.
While the Bichon Frise is highly intelligent and quick to learn tricks, house breaking does not seem to be one of them. They can be house broken, but it may take a little longer to stick than with some other breeds. You are going to have accidents; but with a dog that does not weigh more than ten pounds, it’s not like you will have to clean up after an elephant. Patience is a must in this area. Just keep your home stocked with puppy potty training pads, and Bounty.
Something else to consider before getting a Bichon Frise is grooming. They’re like Delta Burke during her “Designing Women” days; they require a lot of grooming and can be high maintenance in that area. It is best if their coat is brushed out on a daily basis, but weekly is a must to avoid tangles and matted spots. Professional grooming is highly recommended every four to six weeks. Some owners choose the “puppy cut” look, which keeps the coat very short. If you want curls to enjoy, better grab a brush and enjoy them. Please do not attempt to professionally groom your dog yourself. Think of those home-made haircuts your mother was so fond of giving you and call the nearest pet salon.
The Bichon Frise really is a wonderful little dog. It is always a good idea to do some research before making a final decision. You may find it fun as well as educational as you read up on their history, temperaments, appearance and grooming habits, and personality. If you want a pedigreed pet, you owe it to yourself and the breed to find out all you can, such as the history and origin of the Bichon Frise.