AKC PuppyFinder: Bichon Frise Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Playful, curious, and peppy
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Short bursts of energy are balanced with cuddly, loveable periods
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Infrequent, Hypoallergenic
  • Grooming: Daily
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 9.5-11.5 inches
  • Weight: 12-18 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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It would be a cold heart indeed that didn't melt at the sight of a Bichon Frise. These little balls of fluff are playful and affectionate, with bright eyes and a lively intelligence. As a bonus, that double coat is non-shedding, ideal for allergy sufferers. Your Bichon Frise puppy will be a bundle of energy, easily trainable and ready for play. And when play time is over, he'll want nothing more than lots of cuddles and love.

History & Job
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Origin: The Mediterranean

Year Recognized: 1972

Breed History & Job Description: From sailors to royals to entertainers, Bichons have quite the diverse résumé. The breed’s merry disposition was first put to work on the high seas, working with Spanish sailors. They went from rags to riches as a companion to Italian nobility in the 1300s and a favorite to French royalty in the 1500s. Several hundred years later they were further popularized as a dog of the people, tagging along with organ grinders and circus acts (utilizing their ability to quickly learn tricks). They made their way to the United States in the 1950s and became a breed to be reckoned with in 2001, when a Bichon named JR took Best in Show at Westminster.

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Like all breeds there may be some health issues. The Bichon is known to suffer early tooth loss and sometimes complications from gum infection if dental care is not a priority. Other health problems are allergies, including skin reactions and flea allergy; bladder infections; ear infections if the ear canal is not kept clean and free of hair; weakness in knee joints (patellar luxation); and genetic cataracts and other eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Bichon Frise are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Patella Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Bichon Frise Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.bichon.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Non-Sporting
  • 2016 Popularity: 45
  • Breed Referral Contact: Nancy Noonan - 806-405-5215
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  • Breed Club Rescue: Bichon Frise Club of America
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: libichon@verizon.net
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: 516-799-6871
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://bichon.org/
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puppy's parentage, going back 3 generations,
earned an AKC Conformation Championship
and/or Grand Championship title.
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health testing standards and participate in continuing education.
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