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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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
Drug of choice for treatment of tapeworm infestation in dogs.
Droncit is given as a single dose. The tablet can be crushed and mixed with the food.
However no worming treatment can prevent reinfestation, so it is important to worm your dog regularly. It is recommended to repeat the treatment within 15 to 21 days after the first dose..
From L Perez 19 days ago
The importance of socialization
As it is for us human beings, socializing in the early stages of our lives is extremely important for our growth and self esteem. The most important thing is to make sure that your puppy has had enough socialization and to ensure that it wasn’t taken away too soon from his litter. Often puppies, especially when for sale, are taken away from their mother and siblings way too soon. If this is not your case and your puppy was brought up following the right guidelines, make sure to provide him with the right amount of socialization time. One of the most effective ways to do so is to take him to a puppy day care. Here your puppy will be followed and looked after by a team of experts and dog trainers. Depending on the set up and environment of the day care, I recommend a minimum age of 3 months when you first bring your puppy to day care. Very important is to take it easy at the beginning: once or twice a week, for the first month at least, should be enough for your puppy, in order to give him time to adapt and get used to the day care. Most puppies will love it and they will learn from other dogs, with help of the trainers, with regard to how to behave, play and have fun. .
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