The Bichon Frise is a small, sturdy, white powder puff of a dog whose merry temperament is evidenced by its plumed tail carried jauntily over the back and its dark-eyed inquisitive expression.
Training and Care
Bichon Frise require extensive grooming and daily brushing. They are quite active, so daily exercising is highly important. They are intelligent and respond well to positive training methods, such as clicker-based training. Crate training is recommended, as well as clicker-based training.
Diet and Nutrition
A balanced diet is very important for Bichon Frise. They should be fed a diet that is at least 18 percent protein and no more than 30 percent fat to help them maintain a healthy weight. Raw or lightly cooked food is best, but dry kibble is also acceptable.
Bichon Frise are prone to several genetic health issues, such as patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, and eye disorders. A reliable breeder should have the necessary documents to indicate the health of the dog, as well as offer a health guarantee.
The Bichon Frise is a descendant of the Water Spaniel and the Barbet. It is thought that the Bichon Frise was first bred in the Mediterranean area by the ancient Greeks or Romans, and then spread throughout Europe during the Renaissance.
Where to Buy or Adopt
Bichon Frise are available from breeders, pet stores, and animal shelters. The average cost to purchase a Bichon Frise ranges from $1500 to $4000. Adoption fees can be much lower, ranging from $100 to $400.