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Bichon Frise


This adorable breed is pure white, and pure fun; the Bichon Frise loves to have a good time. Breeders of the Bichon Frise know that this is a warm, calm breed that doesn't give its owner too many problems. The Bichon's loveable appearance and friendly attitude light up the room, and make it a great choice for a companion.

Adult Size

  • Small

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Nearly Not at All

Appropriate Environment

  • Apartment
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House
  • Invisible Fenced Yard

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Better Not to Leave Alone Very Long
  • Wrong Dog to Leave Alone

Breed Group

  • Toy Group

Coat Length

  • Short Coat

Coat Quality

  • Smooth Coat
  • Wooly Coat


  • White
  • White & Apricot
  • White & Buff
  • White & Cream


  • Doesn’t Really Drool

Energy Level

  • Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Occasional Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 10-13″

Full Grown Weight

  • 01-5lbs
  • 06-10lbs

General Health

  • Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Good Dog for Your First Dog
  • Great First Dog!
  • Very Good for Your First Dog!

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Cold Weather

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Can Manage in Hot Weather
  • Does Well in Hot Weather

Good With Children?


  • Requires Regular Brushing
  • Requires Regular Grooming


  • Smart
  • Very Intelligent


  • Affectionate
  • Very Affectionate


  • Playful
  • Very Playful

Recommended OFA Tests

  • Bile acid blood tests to screen for liver shunts (Optional)
  • Congenital Cardiac Database (Optional) OFA Evaluation
  • DNA Repository: Participation in the OFA/Chic DNA Repository
  • Eye Examination by ACVO Ophthalmologist
  • Hip Dysplasia OFA/OVC Evaluation or PennHIP
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes OFA Evaluation (Optional)
  • Patellar Luxation – OFA Evaluation
  • Standard CBC VetScreen – t for anemia, infection, cancer, bleeding or platelet disorders, kidney function, diabetes, liver function, and pancreatic function (Optional)
  • Urinalysis to screen for diabetes, bladder infections, and crystals (Optional)

Social Behavior with Dogs

  • Socializes Well with Other Dogs

Top Life Expectancy

  • 12 years
  • 13 years
  • 14 years
  • 15 years

Training Tendencies

  • Easy to Train
  • Very Easy to Train

Vocalization Tendencies

  • Barks or Howls Appropriately
  • Barks or Howls Frequently