Bichon Frise Breed Information and Photos

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Bichon FriseBreed Description: The Bichon Frise is a small, sturdy dog with a fluffy white coat who loves to be the center of attention. This breed is known for its friendly nature and physical agility. This breed makes a good companion for the elderly, small children, and other family pets.

Group: Non-Sporting Group

Purpose of Breed: Companion to royalty

Country of Origin: France

Average Size: Averages 7-12 lbs. and 9-12 inches tall

Color(s): Usually pure white, this breed may also have shadings of buff, cream or apricot around the ears and on the body.

Coat Type: The Bichon Frise has a fluffy double coat that consists of a soft and dense undercoat and an outercoat that consists of coarser, loosely curled hair.

Grooming: The coat of the Bichon Frise requires frequent (daily) grooming to prevent it from matting. They have a non-shedding coat suitable for people with allergies. This breed requires standard care for ears, pads and nails, but special attention should be paid to runny eyes due to recurring tear duct obstructions.

Exercise Needs: This breed is active and lively, but suitable for apartments and the elderly if give adequate exercise.

Temperament: Sensitive and gentle, this breed is known for its cheerful and affectionate nature. The Bichon Frise gets along well with other companion animals and with children. They are outgoing little dogs that prefer to spend time with members of their family. Although they are not good guard dogs, they are good watch dogs that will bark to announce strangers.


Common Ailments: The Bichon Frise is susceptible to eye, skin and ear problems, epilepsy and dislocated kneecaps.

Life Expectancy: Averages 15 years

Trivia: The Bichon Frise was also highly regarded in Spain and was frequently used as an item of barter internationally throughout antiquity. This breed is featured in many paintings by the famous Spanish artist Francisco de Goya.

More Information: Bichon Frise Club of America, Inc.

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October 22, 2009

Earlie is a six year old Bichon Frise who loves the Canadian winters. I got Earlie in October of 2003. Earlie is mostly spoiled, but for a small creature, she does honestly love to roll in the snow.

Earlie (Bichon Frise)

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June 29, 2010

This is Sophie a Bichon Frise. I am note sure how old she is but my best guess is that she is 4 years old. Sophie has been with us for 7 months.


She was rescued by Small Paws after a back yard breeder turned her into a shelter.

Sophie (Bichon Frise)

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September 17, 2009

Lucky is 3.5 years old and a Bichon Frise. Our neighbors gave him to us when our cat died, he was a great comfort to our son.

Lucky (Bichon Frise)

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November 3, 2015

She was 8 weeks old when I got her. She loves dressing up. This is her Halloween outfit.

white dog in costume

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July 13, 2011

Fuzzbutt is a 3 year old Bichon. I bought Fuzz from a friend. He just loves to get dirty!

Cute little white dog in yard

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November 2, 2010

Nooch is estimated at 5 years old. He is a Bichon Frise who thinks he is a cat. I rescued him from a Non-profit. He loves his sqeek-ums and trying to be a cat.

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December 12, 2009

Max is a 2-3 year old Bichon Frise that I adopted from the Humane Society of Rome, NY on September 1, 2009. Max likes to run around the house.


He is the sweetest Bichon you'll ever meet! He loves to be held, and can't wait to greet you at the door when you come home!

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August 27, 2009

Toby is 2 years old and is a registered Bichon Frise. I bought him from a breeder when he was 8 weeks old.

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August 26, 2010

Car travel is an important part of Sassy (8 yrs) and Daisy's (13 yrs) lives. They are dressed in their safety harnesses that hook to the car seat belts, and seem to be saying, "so is it that time yet?"

white small dogs

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April 21, 2010

Sugar will be 4 years old on March 7, 2010. She is a Bichon Frise, but is often mistaken for a poodle. I bought her when she was 8 weeks old from a lady whose dog had pups.

Sugar (Bichon Frise)

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January 13, 2010

Cooper is 9 weeks old in this picture. He's a Bichon Frise that I got in the summer of 2008. Cooper loves to hop. He really does. You would swear he had some bunny in him.

Cooper (Bichon Frise)

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January 11, 2006

This is Zoey. She was my Christmas gift from my boyfriend. She's 14 weeks old and loves running through the house and up & down the stairs.


We love her and enjoy having her around. She's adorable!

Small white dog in red sweater

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March 21, 2016

My girlfriend here in Tahiti raises Bichon's. When her black Bichon Frise gave birth to 6 puppies she offered me one. Cheyanne came to live with me in December of last year.

man holding Bichon Frise puppy

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