Bichon Frise


"The Bichon Frise is a small, sturdy, white powder puff of a dog whose merry temperament is evidenced by his plumed tail carried jauntily over the back and his dark-eyed inquisitive expression.

"Temperament: Gentle mannered, sensitive, playful and affectionate. A cheerful attitude is the hallmark of the breed..." (AKC Standard).

"The Bichon Frise breed requires daily combing to prevent matting of fur. Also, regular grooming, either by yourself or a professional must be done. This breed can also be difficult to house train.

"Do not buy this breed from a pet store--it's best to purchase from a reputable breeder. Always make sure that you can see at least one parent and that you like the disposition of that parent. This will be a good indicator of what the pups may be like" (http://www.petcare.umn.edu/Dogs/breedinfo.cfm?BreedID=142).

"Origin - Canary Islands - companion to Spanish sailors and aristocrats...

"Potential problems: housebreaking, barking, digging, pushy, nippy, timid, touch-shy, ear infections, skin ailments, epilepsy.

"Notes from the trainer: This popular breed is nearly impossible to housebreak. Can be snappy. Not a backyard dog" (Digital Dog).


Links/Pictures:

Bichon Frise Club of America
Bichon Frise Rescue
Bichon Frise Rescue, national
Bichon Frise AKC page
Bichon Frise, Live Stuffed Toy
Bichon Frise Breed Info
Bichon Frise Club of Canada
Bichon Frise Info Station


Colby Glass, MLIS