|Group:||Toys (Group 1)|
|Club:||Bichon Frise Club of Victoria Inc|
|Contact:||Mrs Wendy Hutchinson|
|Phone:||0418 539 377|
Background The Bichon Frise is a French/Belgian breed. Originally popular with the French aristocracy, the breed fell from favour during the French revolution. The Bichon Frise then worked for a living by performing with organ grinders and other street musicians. During World War I, the Bichon Frise almost became extinct, and it was only the dedication of the French and Belgian breeders which saved the breed. In 1933 the Bichon Frise received official recognition from the F.C.I. (the international canine controlling body). Whilst presentation of the coat for the show ring differs from country to country today, the dedicated breeders of France and Belgium were responsible for the development of the breed into the Bichon Frise we see today. The Bichon Frise was first introduced into Australia in the mid 1970s and since its introduction has proved very successful in the show ring and equally successful as a companion dog.
Average Lifespan The Bichon Frise may live to 19 or more years, however, the breed averages 14 to 15 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The Bichon Frise has a superb temperament. It is an ideal companion dog, friendly, affectionate and enjoys the contact with its human family. It should be primarily an indoor dog because of its devotion to the family. The Bichon Frise is not suited to living outside, away from the family. It is always ready to play a game, take a walk, or just snuggle up for a cuddle. A breed with a wonderful attitude for life, they make an ideal companion for young and old alike. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together. The Bichon Frise is a sturdy and intelligent dog and is well suited to obedience and agility. You will not find a better dog than the Bichon Frise. A small, attractive dog, with a big dog attitude, they quickly win the hearts of everyone they meet. They love life, love people, and with regular care will reward their owners with years of love and devotion.
Compatibility with other pets The Bichon Frise adapts well to other pets if reared with them, or introduced to them gradually. It will cope with both cats and other dogs quite well.
Care Requirements The Bichon Frise requires regular grooming and is not for those who want a "no maintenance dog". It requires regular brushing and combing (at least every second or third day) and needs to be bathed every 2 to 3 weeks. The coat does not shed, so consequently requires scissoring (not clipping) every 6 to 8 weeks. The Bichon Frise does not require a lot of exercise but certainly loves to walk regularly and loves to run and play in the back yard. It will cope well in small apartments if taken for regular walks.
Ideal Owner/s (Non Allergenic) The Bichon Frise is suited to anyone who wants a companion dog. The breed is also considered "non-allergenic" by many people, so may be ideal for people with allergy problems. It is suggested, however, to visit the breeder and have contact with the dogs before purchasing to ensure that they suit if allergies are a problem.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Bichon Frise and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.