Bichon Frise Puppies for Sale - Ideal Dogs for Children & Small Apartments
If you're looking for a pet that is totally charming, happy, affectionate, and loves people, there is no better choice than the Bichon Frise. Pronounced Bee-shown´ Free-zay´, this little round dog is a pure delight for those who desire a sociable dog that isn't a "yapper." After reading the information below, you will have all of the facts you need to decide if this is the breed for you.
Bichon Frise is a French name that means “curly white lap dog,” a breed that is quite similar in appearance to a Maltese, but larger in size. Descended from the Standard Poodle and Water Spaniel, this dog originated in the Mediterranean area. There were four categories of the Bichons, including the Maltese, Bolognaise, Havanese, and Tenerife.
Sailors often took the dogs with them as they sailed from one continent to another because of their happy disposition, and commonly used them as barter. The breed was introduced to the Canary Island of Tenerife by Spanish seamen after finding early success in Spain. Italian sailors rediscovered the Bichon Frise in the 14th century, and Italian nobility found the breed to be a favorite, often cutting the dogs' hair in a lion style.
Through the years of 1574-1589, the Bichon's popularity soared in the court of Henry III. The breed's fame also became apparent in Spain, where painters such as celebrated artist Francisco de Goya often included them in their works.
But then, until the late 19th century, the popularity of the Bichon Frise waned. The breed became one that was considered common, performing tricks at fairs and circuses, accompanying Barbary organ grinders and leading the blind. Then, a national kennel club for France, the Societe Centrale Canine, adopted the official standard of the breed in March of 1933. Much of this new notoriety was due to "Tintin" books written by Herge, which depicted a dog named Milou that was described as fluffy, small, and white.
The first U.S. Bichon Frise litter was whelped in 1956 by Mr. and Mrs. Francois Picault of France who had settled in the Midwest area of the U.S. The breed's development began in the United States when in 1959 and 1960, two breeders in two different areas of the United States acquired Bichons.
The Bichon Frise is a small dog even when fully grown. On average, male and female dogs will weigh between 10 and 20 pounds, and be 9 1/2 to 11 1/2 inches in height. The male is usually slightly larger than the female when fully grown. Typically, this non-sporting breed will live an average of 12 to 14 years, although some live to be 15 or 16.
Usually white and cream in color with apricot or buff streaks, its coat is typically curly and coarse on the surface, with a dense and silky undercoat. Apricot and buff colors tend to show up around the paws, snout, ears, or body.
Those who love a loyal pet that follows them around constantly will enjoy the Bichon Frise. Some of the characteristics that describe the breed include playful, cheerful, happy, affectionate, sensitive, and gentle-mannered. If you intend to buy this dog as a pet, be aware that this breed demands a great deal of your attention. However, Bichons are very sociable and like nothing better than to be with a family who takes them everywhere they go. The AKC describes the Bichon as "cheerful" and "merry."
Those who have children will also find that this is an ideal breed because of the energy and playfulness of the Bichon. They also get along well with other animals, which is important for those who currently have other pets. Known to "buzz" or "blitz," the breed often gets a sudden burst of energy that will cause the dog to run at a frenzied pace through the yard or home, while constantly barking and growling. This behavior typically lasts for no longer than five minutes. Once this energy is spent, he or she will collapse for a much-needed rest.
The Bichon Frise requires regular grooming to maintain its coat, remove tangles and prevent matting. It is recommended that the coat be brushed on a daily basis, even though it is commonly believed that the breed does not shed. Loose hair does exist but curls often keep it confined to the under layers. Regular clipping also helps to maintain a tangle-free coat.
Frequent bathing is also recommended to remove dander and loose hair, and to control allergens. Bathing once each month is usually sufficient to keep your pet clean. The Bichon is a good choice for those who suffer from allergies, because they are bred to be hypoallergenic.
Health and exercise
The Bichon Frise is known to be a healthy breed, although health conditions and diseases can occur in any breed. With the Bichon, the most common issues that occur are allergies, ear infections, eye disease, tooth problems, bladder infections, or kidney stones. It is particularly important that you practice good dental hygiene with your pet to avoid tooth loss.
Since the breed is also prone to bladder infections, be sure to provide him or her with fresh, clean water every day. Look for blood in the dog's urine; this could be a sign of a bladder infection. If you do see blood, have your pet checked out by a reputable veterinarian.
As mentioned before, the Bichon Frise is quite active and playful on its own. However, it is a good idea to take your pet on a daily walk, which will ensure that his/her exercise needs are met. Playing in the yard or any form of activity will also help curb behavior problems.
Unlike some other breeds, the Bichon can live happily in an apartment or in a home with a large fenced-in back yard. Because this breed can romp and play even in the smallest spaces, this lovely dog is well-suited for apartment life. A large yard gives the Bichon even more room to play and run, but isn't necessary to its health. Be cautioned, however, that this breed does not do well in areas with extremely warm temperatures and high humidity.
Is the Bichon Frise the right pet for your family?
Because of their wonderful personalities, this breed is usually an ideal pet for any individual or family, whether with small children or without. Older individuals or those who desire a docile, quiet pet may find that the Bichon is a bit too playful and cantankerous for their likes. However, those looking for a pet they can enjoy at home or take on the road when it's vacation time will find the Bichon Frise the perfect addition to their families. If you’re in search of a pet that is loyal, playful, affectionate, and totally adorable, the Bichon Frise may well be your breed!
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