Bichon Frise

Non-Sporting Group

Bichon Frise sitting in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

9.5-11.5 in

Weight

12-18 lbs

Life Expectancy

14-15 yrs

History

The Bichon Frise's ancestors originated on the Canary Island Tenerife before the 13th century when they began to become popular amongst European nobles. After the French Revolution, many of the dogs were dumped on the streets as their noble caretakers were meeting a worse fate. They were eventually picked up by street performers because of their impressive trainability and found their way into the circus business. They became unemployed again when the two World Wars hurt the circus business. Luckily, they had gained enough fans that the breed was able to prevail.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Bichon Frises will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆☆

★☆

★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★☆☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Happy and playful

Like to be the center of attention

Affectionate and prone separation anxiety if left alone for long

Easy to train and love learning new tricks

Tend to be sensitive and don't respond well to harsh training or scolding