Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted November 11, 2015
My family got our Bichon Frise, Pippin, when he was a puppy. We already had another dog at the time who was a bit older. Pippin is a boy and about 7 years old now. He's been a really great family dog.
On the positive side, Pippin is super cuddly and will go from person to person whenever anyone is sitting or laying down and just cuddle up next to them. He gets walked about once a day. He is a bit of a picky eater. He also tries to eat our bird sometimes. He's been great around other people and had some training as a puppy. He's pretty obedient but not super bright.
Things to keep in mind with a Bichon Frise is that they sometimes have ear problems, he often barks and gets territorial with large dogs, and he needs haircuts. I love Pippin, but he looks really silly when his hair has just been cut (we usually get him professionally groomed). Pippin also obsesses with licking. All the time! The furniture and foot licking is probably the weirdest of his licking obsession.
I'd recommend a Bichon as a family dog. Pippin enjoys a lot of attention and I think a Bichon would be lonely without more family members or another dog. The picture is from him cuddling while I read (which is one of my favorite ways we spend time together).