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.
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Beau was a hand me down dog. He belonged to my sister-in-laws grandmother and when she went into a retirement home she could no longer care for him so my brother and sister-in-law got their first dog! Beau quickly became my brothers best friend. They were inseparable, my brother literally took him almost everywhere. Work, to the store, fishing, basically anywhere. He knew the jingle of the type of plastic bag the local thrift store used, and always knew that meant it was time for him to get a new toy. Basically, he was spoiled absolutely rotten and we all loved spoiling him. Though Beau loves anyone who gives him attention he knows who his favorites are and no one compares to his first owner and my brother. I like to think that those were his golden years, traipsing around the state, going on adventure after adventure. Beau's life was perfect during this time and then.... the baby was born. This breed is completely emotionally aware of changes in circumstances and while this is partially a good thing, it's also a double edge sword. They're great at realizing when you may need some support but they also feel changes deeply. When my niece was born Beau's life changed, he went from being the most important part of the family to second fiddle. He was still loved but suddenly all the toys in the house weren't his and my brother spent less time holding him so he could hold his daughter. While Beau wasn't bitter, and he loved my niece very much, he for sure felt the change. My family now has a collection of photos of him in the background of pictures staring longing at where he used to be. Things stayed pretty good for him emotionally while my niece was a baby, but when she got a bit older they decided to get her a puppy of her own. This was rough for him. He was still my brothers favorite but you could tell he had a hard time adjusting to another dog. He was fine with any other animals we had, chameleons, cats, fish etc but sharing with another dog was a lot for him. He quickly turned into an old man of a dog and while he was still lovable he stayed in the background waiting to see if anyone would go out of their way to pay attention to him and thennnnnnnnnn the second kid was born and another puppy was dropped off at their house. Surprisingly this wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, while it still added to his slump, it also encouraged him to take any opening he could find for affection and attention. It was almost as if anytime you saw him could could faintly hear "When She Loved Me," from Toy Story was playing quietly in the background. My brother still takes him for rides in the truck and takes him places he won't take the other dogs too, which he loves but as a human it's sad to see the difference in the dog we knew before the babies and the puppies to the old man he is now. He's still got an amazing personality and is always there for you when you need him and everyone loves him, but it's truly incredible to see how the old Beau comes back when he gets those moments of attention for himself. All in all, a Bichon Frise is a great dog and pretty low maintenance. They just need a stable amount of affection, attention and stimulation. Grooming is pretty easy with these guys, they do need to be bathed regularly but if you have a pretty steady hand you should be able to cut their hair yourself annnddd if you do manage to give them a terrible haircut welllll thankfulllyyy they won't mind that they look like a giant rat. I'm not sure if this is common with the breed in general or if it's just Beau, but one thing we have noticed is that he has several skin tags all over his body, and while they're not anything to worry about, they stilll do feel a bit weird. While Beau most definitely does bark, it's not constantly. He does it when people come to the house but only to alert you that someone is there. Personally, I appreciate this. While some may consider it yappy I think it's nice to be alerted. I'm sure you could work with your dog and prevent the barking though. I may not be a small dog person but I gotta say, Beau is one of the most incredible animals I've ever met. I think the breed is amazing for families, especially when you get them AFTER already having kids. They're lovable, loyal and truly your best friend. You cannot go wrong with this dog..
From Daphne Petty Jan 21 2019 2:26AM
Good for combatting certain types of bacteria
Cefazolin is a 1st generation Cephalosporin. While it does well against many gram positive bacteria (typically those with an uncovered, thick outer wall around the cell), it is very ineffective against gram negative bacteria (those with a thin wall that is protected by an extra membrane). While it does not cover everything, Cefazolin is easier on the body than many other antibiotics. For this reason, it is often used as a preoperative prophylaxis, given in IV fluids prior to surgery. Though its usefulness starts to diminish when dealing with "evolutionarily younger" bacteria, which are usually either gram negative or are developing resistances to certain classes of antibiotics, it remains a regularly used staple in the vet med world. It is commonly used for pneumonia, sepsis, certain bladder and urinary tract infections, or in conjunction with antibiotics that target gram negative bacteria to achieve as broad of a spectrum of treatment as possible in an unidentified infection..
From S Dean - Trainer and Former Vet Tech 324 days ago
When dealing with any fear, aggressive or otherwise, distance is your friend. Find out how far the dog needs to be away from the subject of their fear and work from there.
I recently worked with a dog who is fearful of people and dogs on walks outside of his home. My mentor trainer and I took him to a field along the beach. Oso, the dog, watched people pass by and was rewarded when he brought his attention back to mom.
Many times, dogs learn to bark because it makes the scary thing go away. You want to show them that the scary thing will leave without barking. If the dog does begin to bark, move him away and treat when he focuses on you.
Desensitizing a dog that is afraid can be a long process. The older the dog or the more bad association the dog has with the stimuli only makes it worse. Be patient and remember distance is your friend..
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