10 Interesting Bichon Frise Facts Dogs 101 #bichonfrise #dog
Is that a cotton candy dog? No, that’s a Bichon Frise. A whu? He’s a lapful of charm in a cotton-ball cloud of curly white hair. The Bichon Frise is one of the sweetest and most affectionate dog breeds. He loves to be the center of attention, which isn’t surprising given that he was once adored by royalty and has performed tricks to the roars of circus crowds. His dark eyes sparkle with mischief, but like his cousins the Havanese and the Maltese, he mostly uses his powers for good. Sure the Bichon Frise is adorable — but what else is there to know about these fluffy pups? Hi, Welcome to Animal Facts and here are ten decadent facts about the Bichon Frise.
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Let us know about your doggy in the comments below. 10. Ozzie the Bichon Frise probably has more Facebook friends than you. Ozzie can skateboard, do laundry, and melt your heart. Owner Kayleigh Langdon set up a Facebook page to show fans what Ozzie is up to. Thanks to a wide array of props and tricks, the dog never disappoints his 7000+ followers. “Ozzie has always been a diva so it’s great that he finally has the fans to go with it,” Langdon said. Seriously, you got to check it out.
9. The Bichon Frise is thought to be a descendant of the water spaniel and was known in the Mediterranean area as far back as the Middle Ages. Some historians believe the breed actually originated in the Canary Islands and was brought to Europe by sailors. Bichons have long been recognized as good companion dogs, mostly because of their cheerful, even temperaments. They were quite popular with European nobility, in the English court during Henry II’s reign, and were even included in paintings by Goya.
8. In the 19th century, bichon frises grew popular as entertainers. Audiences found them performing frequently in circuses and with street performers like organ grinders. The breed’s clownish personality and friendliness made them well-suited for old-timey show business. The breed was first brought to the United States in 1956 by a French family named Picault. The breed was recognized in 1973 by the American Kennel Club as a non-sporting dog. In recent years, bichons have become popular as people learned about the desirable traits of the breed.
6. Temperament is something many Bichon Frise lovers consider a telling characteristic of the breed. While a cheerful, playful and affectionate attitude is par for the course when you’re around a Bichon, don’t be surprised when their comedic side comes out, as well. They love to play and enjoy spending one-on-one time with their owners.
Often considered a great family dog, Bichons tend to be peaceful with everyone, from kids and adults to other pets in the home.
5. Bichons may be small dogs — large specimens reach barely a foot in height — but they’re hardy. Despite their diminutive size, they’re not classified as a Toy breed by the American Kennel Club; instead, they’re members of the Non-Sporting Group.
Bichons are always white (although puppies may be cream or pale yellow), with black eyes and black noses. Their arched necks give them a proud, confident look, while their well-plumed tails curve gracefully over their backs.
4. Because they don’t shed like other breeds, Bichons often are recommended for people with allergies. This is something you should discuss with your allergist since not everyone reacts the same way to a Bichon. Before making a commitment to getting a Bichon — or any type of dog — be sure to spend some time in the presence of the breed if you have allergies. No breed is guaranteed hypoallergenic.
3. Bichons are active dogs, but because they are small, they don’t need too much room to romp and are suitable for apartment living. Bichons are not known for barking, which is a real plus for city dwellers, but don’t count on them to guard your home, either.
2. While most Bichon owners will tell you the breed is easy to live with and that they are very peaceful, it’s also true that these dogs know how to play boss. The Bichon Frise has been known to have an independent streak, while at the same time being susceptible to separation anxiety. Bichons are a social breed, dependent on their human companions, so they don’t like being left alone for long periods of time.
1. The characteristic fluffiness associated with the breed actually requires a lot of work, so that’s something to keep in mind before deciding to get one. Known as a “high maintenance breed”, your Bichon will need a lot of grooming, and it takes both time and practice to get the techniques down.
Well, there ya have it, ten fascinating facts about the cotton puff companion, the Bichon Frise. We love hearing about your pooches, so let us know about your Bichon below. Before ya go, take a moment to like and subscribe for more fun, fauna facts, And as always, catch ya next time.