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Bichon Frise

Breed origin: Canary Islands off the north-west coast of Africa

AKC recognized: 1972
AKC group: Non-Sporting

Size: Height: around 9½ inches
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Color: White, sometimes with shadings of buff, cream or apricot around the ears or on the body.

Life span: 10 to 14 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Bichon Frise is small, sturdy, cheerful, inquisitive, sensitive, affectionate, naturally gentle, and playful. He loves activity and requires regular exercise. House-training can be difficult and is the most frequently cited reason for giving up a Bichon.

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Good with children? Yes

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good with cats? Yes

Hypoallergenic? Usually considered good for allergy sufferers.

OK for inexperienced owners? Yes

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Energy/Activity Level: High/Extensive

Grooming requirement: The Bichon Frise is considered a minimal-shedding breed and tends to be better tolerated by allergy sufferers. However, their hair grows continually and extensive grooming is a must to prevent mats. Professional grooming is usually required every 4 to 6 weeks. Many owners opt to keep them in a "puppy cut" which is shorter and requires less maintenance.

Known health problems: Allergies, skin problems, bladder infections and stones, patellar luxation, LeggCalve Perthes, disk degeneration, dental diseases, eye diseases, cardiac problems, cancer, endocrine diseases, ear infections, deafness.

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Recommended books for further reading:

The Bichon Frise Handbook
By Richard G. Beauchamp
Published in 2004
160 pages

How to Train Your Bichon Frise
By Liz Palika
Published in 2000
96 pages

Bichon Frise
By Richard G. Beauchamp
Published in 2009
160 pages

A New Owner's Guide to Bichons Frises
By Andrew Mills and Mary Ellen Mills
Published in 1998
160 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Bichon Frise Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Bichon Frise Club of America Rescue

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