Species group: Non-Sporting Group dogs
Other name(s): Bichon; Bichon à poil frisé; Bichon Tenerife
The playful, peppy little Bichon Frise can be the right choice for families where there is usually someone at home to play, snuggle, and hang out with an adorable, lively cutie. Although ranked as a so-called non-sporting group dog and probably descended from the Barbet or Water Spaniel, this breed makes a fine house pet that shares some characteristics with the true toys. Bichons are an easy-going companion for people able to spend time with them, but they may become timid or anxious if left alone for long periods of time.
The original Bichon Frise was developed in the Canary Islands and eventually brought to France, where they were considered a dog fit for kings and emperors, including King Henry and Napoleon III. At some point in the late 1800s, the fad passed, and they went from royal pet to circus performer. However, their good nature and endearing looks continue to win new fans today.
Appearance / health:
The Bichon Frise is a small, sturdy, white fluffy dog. The head is slightly big with a short muzzle that does not taper. The body is small but proportionate. The round eyes are black or brown in color. The ears are droopy covered with loads of hair. The neck is long and slightly arched. The long plumed tail is a distinguishing characteristic of the Bichon.
The breed does not shed much. However, their thick, fine coats require frequent brushing and bathing to prevent matt formation.
Bichons require moderate amounts of exercise to stay fit. Puppies should not be over-exercised.
The Bichon Frise is prone to health conditions such as cataracts, skin and ear ailments, epilepsy, and luxating patella (dislocated kneecaps leading to lameness or crippling). The breed can also be prone to dental ailments.
Behavior / temperament:
Separation anxiety is often seen in Bichons that are kept alone for long periods. This may lead to behavioral problems such as barking, chewing, and biting. Training, socialization, and exercise are necessary to help the Bichon adjust well to his surroundings.
The breed has a high learning rate but requires consistent, firm, and patient training. Housebreaking may take more time. Positive reinforcement techniques work best with this breed. The breed is usually not noisy and a properly trained dog does not bark without a good reason, making them a good choice if you need a watchdog for a smaller property. However, if poorly trained or neglected, your pet could be yappy.
affectionate, hypoallergenic, Exeptional Family Dogs, fluffy white coats, natural friendliness
grooming costs, degenerative hip problem, urinary tract infections, smaller bladder, hot spots
whitener shampoo, hard surface floor, Bichons love balls, French royal court, teddy bear cut
My stepmom bought Louie as a puppy from a pet store when I was about 20 and living at home. We had a Bichon named Snowflake before Louie came, who lived to be 17. Louie was, still is absolutely adorable--more so than other Bichons (I don't generally find them to be very cute). Even though I haven't been living in the same house the entire time she's been in our lives, I did so for enough years, on and off, to really know her.
First off, she was pretty easy to potty train, but we had pee pads throughout the house, which helped. Louie is very playful and energetic, but not necessarily hyper. She became very attached to my stepmom, stepsister and myself while I was living at home. She would take turns sleeping on each of our beds and was always cuddly at night. She's never seemed interested in being petted, scratched or carried--definitely not the most affectionate dog, and I don't remember Snowflake being all that affectionate either.
The reason my stepmom got her first Bichon and continued doing so is because they don't shed or cause allergies. This is certainly true of the breed and a trait that is of importance to me. Louie had the tendency to hide at times; so well that once we couldn't find her and ended up posting missing signs all over the neighborhood. Turns out, she was in one of the showers sleeping.
Louie doesn't really seem too interested in people other than those she is close to. She has a short attention span and isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, but did I mention how cute she is?
Louie has never really had any health issues and she's still very active at the age of 14. If you're looking for a dog to play with, I wouldn't recommend a Bichon. If you just want a companion, they are certainly loyal and grow attached to their owners. And the non-shedding aspect is huge in my opinion..
From jsherm81 Aug 27 2015 2:20PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 59 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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