Bichon Frise

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Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise Overview

This cotton fluff ball is so plush and perky you can't help but smile when it's around. Bichon Frise (pronounced BEE-shawn FREE-say) translates to “curly lap dog". Bichons are known for their soft and velvety-white hypoallergenic coat. In the past, Bichons were pampered pets for the French rich and elite. This pup has a big personality, loves to be the centre of attention and is well suited for the spotlight. Bichons thrive as show dogs where they get to show off their ability to learn tricks, and will also entertain your family at home. Fluffy-faced and button-nosed, Bichons are playful, intelligent and very social. You won't have to worry about it around kids or other dogs, and it will become BFFs with the housekeeper and mailman. It’s very important to teach your puppy “potty”, as housetraining can be very difficult. Because of their size, Bichons make good pets for apartments, but that doesn't mean it likes to be left alone. In fact, this breed often suffers from separation anxiety. You'll love your Bichon so much you won't want to leave it, and would rather take it everywhere it will fit. Cheerful and sometimes mischievous, this compact cutie will bring sunshine to the cloudiest day.

Did you know?

Bichon puppies sleep 90% of their day for the first few weeks of their lives.

Bichon Frise Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Hypoallergenic Hypoallergenic*

  • Easy to train Easy to train

  • Therapy dog Therapy dog

  • Service dog Service dog

Popularity ranking**
9.5-11.5 in / 12-18 lbs (S)
Average lifespan
14-15 years
Activity level
Vocal and protective
Barking level
Vocal and protective
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

3-5 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

2 hours


Grooming frequency

Brushed regularly

Dog Food

Feeding your Bichon Frise

Since Bichons are only moderately active, they don't require a ton of food to fill them up. The recommended daily amount is 1/2 to 1.5 cups of kibble per day. Bichons thrive on a protein-based diet that contains lots of healthy fats. Food specially made for small dogs is easier for them to consume. It's a good idea to avoid this by breaking up meal time into multiple events. If you leave a bowl of grub out all day, it will likely get devoured in one sitting. It’s important your Bichon doesn’t overeat! Bichons can be prone to sensitive digestion and food allergies. If you notice your pup shying away from food, talk to your veterinarian to find a solution. 


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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