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Bichon frise dog

Bichon frise puppies and dog, health, training, and temperament

The Bichon Frise is a small breed of dog that is usually known as a lap dog.

A Bichon Frise dog is usually no more than 12 inches tall, and Bichon Frise weight is typically no more than five kilograms. The fur is usually white, but there may also be cream or gray hairs, usually around the ears, muzzle, and paws. The dog has a relatively short muzzle, a black nose, and round black eyes, giving it an instantly likeable appearance.

The Bichon Frise is sometimes said to be a dog of the "non-shedding" variety, but strictly speaking, this is untrue.

All dogs shed – fur grows cyclically and is constantly falling, to be replaced by new fur. Some breeds such as the Bichon Frise however do not have seasonal moulting. Daily grooming is however a necessity, especially with a furry dog such as the Bichon Frise.

If you have or plan to get this breed, you might also want to find out more about grooming techniques. The fur is trimmed in a variety of styles, and it is advisable to find out how to groom a Bichon Frise before you attempt to trim your dog's fur. One common point of interest is the relationship between Bichon Frise and allergies. This breed is generally hypo-allergenic – which means that the fur typically does not cause an allergic reaction. However, allergies vary greatly and it is possible to be allergic to practically any substance. The majority of people will have no reaction to Bichon Frise dander, but some people may react.

The Bichon Frise temperament is typically cheerful, friendly, and playful. These are affectionate dogs that enjoy the company of humans as well as other dogs and animals. It is quite common for Bichon Frise dogs to develop behavioral problems, but this is more the result of the way the dog is handled, and is not normal Bichon Frise personality. It is essential that the dog is trained from an early age, and made to understand that the owner is the pack leader. Bichon Frise puppy training should begin by the second month, and should include the setting of firm rules and boundaries. Proper socialization of Bichon Frise puppies is also very important.

These dogs are generally quite healthy, but there are a few typical Bichon Frise health problems. Cancer is a major cause of death among these dogs, and so is autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Liver shunts are also quite common, and these can be fatal too.

  Submitted on October 7, 2009  

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