What is so special about the Bichon?
The Bichon Frise is appreciated for its great beauty, but they are known and loved for their wonderful personalities. They are excellent with children and other pets and adjust well to any situation.
What size are they?
The Bichons size is measured in inches (measured from the top of the shoulders to the ground) and ranges between 9 and 12 inches. The adult Bichons weight varies depending upon his size but usually ranges between 10 and 18 pounds.
What do they act like?
The Bichon is an extremely calm, sweet and affectionate breed. They are very quiet, are excellent with children and get along well in almost every situation.
What color are they?
The Bichon is white and is allowed to have up to 10% of buff, apricot or cream colored shadings over the entire body. Puppies commonly have buff, apricot or cream color on their ears or head that will almost always fade to complete white.
Do they shed?
No. The Bichon has a COMPLETELY NON-SHEDDING coat.
What about allergies?
Since the Bichon does not shed and has a low dander level, they have been referred to as being “hypo-allergenic”. Many people with asthma and other allergies have been able to own a Bichon without any adverse reaction.
What about grooming?
The Bichon does require periodic grooming since the coat does not shed. The powder puff hair-do does not happen by itself. We recommend a professional grooming every two to three months.
Are they healthy? How long do they live?
The breed is generally healthy and may live to be as old as 18 years of age when properly cared for. The average life span of the Bichon Frise is about 14 years.
How easy are the Bichon pups to house train?
Housebreaking works well if you employ the Crate Training Method. I already start this process before they go home with you. It involves putting the pup in a crate when you are unable to watch for signs that he needs to go out. At first, you will have to put him in a crate, but eventually they can be trusted in a small room for the day. They actually like to go in there as that is their “space.”