Of course, not all are alike, and it may take time to find one just right for you. It is so wonderful when you find that perfect Bichon Frise puppy that makes your heart melt. Bichons do have a bit of an independent streak in them; but with positive reinforcement and consistency in training, you can have a delightful, well behaved companion.
Sometimes it is tough to find the perfect dog for your family, especially if have any small kids. Most parents have a tendency to shy away from smaller dogs because of reputations certain small breeds have for snapping. This is not so with the delightful Bichon Frise. You will find yourself with a dog that adores attention and socializing.
Bichons are white dogs, but they may be born with cream, buff or apricot on the ears which usually disappears by the time they are a year old. Both male and female dogs range in weight from 10 - 18 pounds.
The Bichon Frise is a cross between the Barbet water spaniel and the Poodle. The Bichon was bounced around the Mediterranean countries before eventually ending up in France. The name is French, but that accent is all Anglo-Saxon!
Bichon Frise dogs definitely have the poodle type coat with more curls than Shirley Temple could shake a stick at. Two little black round eyes and a button nose give the face so much expression. Their tail curls up, making it look like they strut as they walk.
Something to consider before getting a Bichon Frise is grooming. While the Bichon does not shed and is considered to be hypo allergenic, they do require a lot of grooming and can be high maintenance in that area. It is best if their coat is brushed out on a daily basis, but weekly is a must to avoid tangles and matted spots. Professional grooming is highly recommended every four to six weeks. Some owners choose the “puppy cut” look, which keeps the coat very short.
The Bichon is a great little dog, but it is always important to do your due diligence before making a final decision, especially if you are looking for a one of the small dogs that don't shed. You may find it fun as well as educational as you read up on their history, temperaments and appearance.