Bichon Frise

Everything you need to know about the Bichon Frise

Life Expectancytypically 12+ years
SheddingMedium length with low shedding

The Bichon Frise, also known as a Bichon, is a typically less active dog. They are small with a pale, curly coat. Bichons are always a white, cream or apricot colour.

There’s lots of doggy behaviour that comes naturally to all breeds of dog, including Bichons, from digging and chasing to searching and retrieving.

Thinking about giving a Bichon Frise a forever home? Here are some Bichon Frise facts that might help you decide.

Caring for Bichons

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Bichon Frise.

Caring for your chosen breed

Health issues

Before you give any dog a home, it’s important to know about possible health issues. Not every dog will suffer them but it’s good to be prepared.

To find out more about potential health issues for Bichons, speak...

How much food does a Bichon Frise need?

The amount of food a Bichon Frise needs depends on their:

  • age
  • size
  • activity levels
  • fitness
  • weight.

You can use the information on dog food packets as a guide, tak...

How much exercise does a Bichon Frise need?

Bichons need regular exercise and stimulation, but they might not manage long or strenuous walks or mountain hikes. They'll need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to explore, burn energy, and play. Like...

How much grooming does a Bichon Frise need?

Bichons don’t shed much but their medium-length, curly hair should be brushed daily to stop it from matting. You can also choose to have a Bichon’s hair clipped. A professional groomer can do this every 6–8 weeks.


What size crate do you need for a Bichon Frise?

When inside their crate, your dog should have plenty of space to:

  • sit and stand up at their full height
  • turn around without touching the sides
  • lie down fully stretched out
  • comfortabl...

Bichon Frise Behaviour and Training

Even if you think you know about Bichons, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality.

Training your chosen breed

What’s the temperament of a Bichon Frise?

Just like you, every dog is an individual with their own unique personality and prior experiences. So, every Bichon temperament is different.

As dogs grow from puppies, they learn all about the world. They devel...

Are Bichons easy to train?

You can teach any breed of dog new tricks! It’s all about positive learning. Find out what your dog loves so you can use this to reward them after a success. Whether it’s small food treats, toys or lots of praise, tra...

Are Bichons good with children?

Every dog has their own unique personality that has been shaped by their own experiences of the world. They’ll have their own likes and dislikes and will respond to situations in different ways. However, there are som...

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