The Bichon Frisé
Did you know ... its French name actually means exactly what it is - a curly white lap dog!
The Bichon is an appealing breed to many who love the small compact body, baby-doll face and fluffy white coat. They are happy and playful dogs.
The Bichon Frisé is a double-coated breed and its white hair consists of a curly and coarse outer-coat and a silky and dense under-coat. This substantial coat gives it its "powder-puff" look when professionally groomed. Bichons have a reputation for not shedding which is, in fact, misleading. The shed hair is actually caught up in the undercoat instead of falling to the floor and if this dead hair isn't removed by regular grooming and bathing it can form mats and tangles, which can then lead to skin problems. Most owners take their dogs to a professional groomer every 4-6 weeks for a bath, brush, haircut, nail trim and ear clean. Our Totally Vets groomers, Di and Raewyn, love their fluffy Bichon visitors who book into our grooming parlour regularly for a groom and even a complimentary bow if that's your thing!
This breed loves to be loved, enjoys being the centre of attention and does not like being left alone. They can often suffer from separation anxiety and may exhibit destructive behaviours like chewing and tearing up anything in sight; however, they are good family dogs and wonderful companions for children. They will get along with other animals in the house as long as they get enough attention from their owner. They are intelligent and highly trainable as long as you are firm but gentle.
Like all breeds, Bichons are also prone to certain health conditions. The most common are allergies (which can be due to several different causes including contact allergies, food and flea bites), bladder problems, patella luxation (dislocating knee joints) and hip dysplasia. It is wise to do your research on the breeder and the parents of the pup you want to buy.