If you suffer from allergies, but want to have
a dog, you may want to take a look at the Bichon Frise.
This charming little dog's sole function is to provide
companionship and it does its job extremely well.
The Bichon Frise is classified as a part of the Non-Sporting
Group by the American Kennel Club. The Bichon is a seven to
thirteen pound dog that stands only nine to eleven inches tall.
These fluffy little dogs are known for their thick white coats
and alert, cheerful eyes. The Bichon's tail is carried proudly
over its back.
Bichons are a perfect choice for a family dog, as long as
the children are old enough to know how to handle a dog without
hurting it. Although your Bichon may tolerate rough treatment,
he can easily be injured. These dogs get along well with older
children, as well as dogs and other pets.
Since the Bichon Frise loves to spend
time with people, this breed is quite content with life in
apartments or town homes. Of course, your dog won't object to a
home with a fenced yard. If you don't have a fenced yard, you
should be prepared to take your dog for a daily stroll around
the block so he stays healthy and strong.
Although Bichon Frises are small dogs and do not have
stubborn tendencies, it is still a good idea to teach your
puppy some basic obedience commands. If your Bichon ever runs
out the front door and heads for the street, you will want to
be sure that you can call him back to your side. Of course, you
can teach him a few simple commands yourself, but puppy
obedience classes can make training easier. In addition, these
classes are a good way for you to teach your puppy
socialization skills. Of course, once you begin obedience
classes, your little guy's aptitude for obedience may just
convince you to keep on learning. These dogs have a reputation
for being incredibly intelligent. In fact, Bichons often
perform as highly trained circus dogs.
Bichon Frises are not expensive to feed. Since small dogs
often have dental problems, you may want to make sure that you
use a dry food diet. If you decide to feed your puppy soft
food, be sure you brush his teeth frequently.
The one drawback of the Bichon Frise breed is that these
dogs need extensive grooming. You will need to brush out your
Bichon's fluffy coat frequently or he will look like a ratty
mop head instead of a beautiful, elegant little dog. You will
also need to have his coat cut and shaped at least once a
month. If you can't groom your dog yourself, this can become a
The good news is that Bichon Frises are a very healthy
breed. This breed actually has no common health problems.
If you want a sweet and affectionate pet who doesn't cause
you to break out in hives, then a Bichon Frise may just be the
perfect dog breed for you and your family.