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Bichon Frise

Bichons are incredibly playful and affectionate companions.  They require a considerable amount of attention, however do not hesitate to reciprocate.  In spite of their small size Bichons are more rugged than they look and are happy taking long walks or moderate hikes.  As can easily be seen from their pictures, they also require significant maintenance and grooming. Physical Characteristics and origins Original Purpose: Companion Male Height:  9.5 - 11.5 inches (24-29 cm) Female Height: 9.5 - 11 inches (24 - 29 cm) Weight: 7 - 12 lbs (3 - 5 kg) Life span: 12-15 years Colors: White. Puppies under 18 months sometimes show faint cream markings Temperament Bichons are cuddly, lovable dogs that absolutely adore their owners. They are very friendly and receptive to people, children and other animals, and love being around people.  They're a very lively, energetic breed that demand attention and are more than happy to reciprocate. They're known to be somewhat stubborn and strong willed, however respond well to structured training.  Though they are appear like small fluffy toys, they're much tougher than they appear, and enjoy active owners who enjoy long walks. Exercise needs Bichons are an incredibly adaptable breed.  While they don't need a lot of exercise, they certainly enjoy it.  They are extremely agile, and have a lot of energy.  Usually it can be burned off racing around the house, however a few short walks a day also helps keep them fit.  If given the opportunity, they enjoy longer walks - just be sure to be careful where you take them.  A muddy walk will definitely require a bath afterwards as their white coats don't stay that way for long! What type of home? Do they make good family pets? Bichons are a very adaptable breed, and do well in almost any environment. Whether it be a mansion or small apartment, they fit into most lifestyles.  As long as their modest exercise needs are met, they'll be comfortable.  The most important part of keeping Bichons happy is ensuring they're given lots of company.  Bichons are a breed that absolutely hate to be alone.  As a result they do best in homes with lots of traffic - lively families or retired people make great owners because they have plenty of time. While they are a medium sized dog, they can fit in well in either a house or apartment, as long as they have ample opportunity to walk and get the exercise they require. Grooming Needs Bichons are fairly high maintenance when it comes to grooming.  They have thick, white coats that require daily brushing, combing and cutting every six to eight weeks.  Their faces in particular tend to develop brown stains around their eyes and mouth.  Their natural hair is also incredibly soft.  Puppy cuts are the most common form of haircut, however many owners choose to express themselves in their own way through their unique Bichons hairstyles. What Kind of Owner Perfect owner: An owner or family that can provide their Bichon with a great deal of attention. They're usually at home or able to take their Bichons with them if they need to travel. Owners who enjoy lively breeds, and love playing with them will do well with this companion breed. Bichons are energetic and sweet, however they can be stubborn and strong willed as well.  They must be trained from an early age to ensure obedience, however respond well as long as their interest is caught and maintained.  Bichons are known to stay in their puppy phase longer than most dogs, and can sometimes be slow to mature.  This quality is usually endearing to many owners however! Best Qualities Bichons are incredibly affectionate and absolutely adore their owners.  They're very devoted and will follow family members around from room to room without fail.  Bichons are also a very energetic breed that love to play.  They're outgoing and have gentle temperaments, and are welcoming to both other animals and children.  For those who love affectionate pets, Bichons love to cuddle with their owners.  Not only do they sometimes look like fluffy stuffed animals, they like to act the part too! Characteristics to be aware of Bichons require a significant amount of attention.  They absolutely hate being alone.  If they are, they can start to feel neglected and begin to become depressed.  Constant interaction is required to ensure they remain happy.  They can be left alone for several hour stretches, however if they don't receive ample attention when their owners return, you can bet they won't be happy. In addition to attention, Bichons also tend to be somewhat stubborn - particularly if not well trained from an early age. Grooming is also a heavy commitment with these dogs.  They require regular haircuts, bushings and baths if they get into the mud. If owners don't mind these traits, Bichons make absolutely fantastic pets, and become companions that are sure to be by your side through thick and thin! Medical issues Generally quite a healthy breed, however sometimes medical issues have been known to can occur. These primarily include:     Elbow and hip Dysplasia     Heart defects     Progressive retinal atrophy
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Bichon Frise

Bichons are incredibly playful and affectionate companions.  They require a considerable amount of attention, however do not hesitate to reciprocate.  In spite of their small size Bichons are more rugged than they look and are happy taking long walks or moderate hikes.  As can easily be seen from their pictures, they also require significant maintenance and grooming. Physical Characteristics and origins Original Purpose: Companion Male Height:  9.5 - 11.5 inches (24-29 cm) Female Height: 9.5 - 11 inches (24 - 29 cm) Weight: 7 - 12 lbs (3 - 5 kg) Life span: 12-15 years Colors: White. Puppies under 18 months sometimes show faint cream markings Temperament Bichons are cuddly, lovable dogs that absolutely adore their owners. They are very friendly and receptive to people, children and other animals, and love being around people.  They're a very lively, energetic breed that demand attention and are more than happy to reciprocate. They're known to be somewhat stubborn and strong willed, however respond well to structured training.  Though they are appear like small fluffy toys, they're much tougher than they appear, and enjoy active owners who enjoy long walks. Exercise needs Bichons are an incredibly adaptable breed.  While they don't need a lot of exercise, they certainly enjoy it.  They are extremely agile, and have a lot of energy.  Usually it can be burned off racing around the house, however a few short walks a day also helps keep them fit.  If given the opportunity, they enjoy longer walks - just be sure to be careful where you take them.  A muddy walk will definitely require a bath afterwards as their white coats don't stay that way for long! What type of home? Do they make good family pets? Bichons are a very adaptable breed, and do well in almost any environment. Whether it be a mansion or small apartment, they fit into most lifestyles.  As long as their modest exercise needs are met, they'll be comfortable.  The most important part of keeping Bichons happy is ensuring they're given lots of company.  Bichons are a breed that absolutely hate to be alone.  As a result they do best in homes with lots of traffic - lively families or retired people make great owners because they have plenty of time. While they are a medium sized dog, they can fit in well in either a house or apartment, as long as they have ample opportunity to walk and get the exercise they require. Grooming Needs Bichons are fairly high maintenance when it comes to grooming.  They have thick, white coats that require daily brushing, combing and cutting every six to eight weeks.  Their faces in particular tend to develop brown stains around their eyes and mouth.  Their natural hair is also incredibly soft.  Puppy cuts are the most common form of haircut, however many owners choose to express themselves in their own way through their unique Bichons hairstyles. What Kind of Owner Perfect owner: An owner or family that can provide their Bichon with a great deal of attention. They're usually at home or able to take their Bichons with them if they need to travel. Owners who enjoy lively breeds, and love playing with them will do well with this companion breed. Bichons are energetic and sweet, however they can be stubborn and strong willed as well.  They must be trained from an early age to ensure obedience, however respond well as long as their interest is caught and maintained.  Bichons are known to stay in their puppy phase longer than most dogs, and can sometimes be slow to mature.  This quality is usually endearing to many owners however! Best Qualities Bichons are incredibly affectionate and absolutely adore their owners.  They're very devoted and will follow family members around from room to room without fail.  Bichons are also a very energetic breed that love to play.  They're outgoing and have gentle temperaments, and are welcoming to both other animals and children.  For those who love affectionate pets, Bichons love to cuddle with their owners.  Not only do they sometimes look like fluffy stuffed animals, they like to act the part too! Characteristics to be aware of Bichons require a significant amount of attention.  They absolutely hate being alone.  If they are, they can start to feel neglected and begin to become depressed.  Constant interaction is required to ensure they remain happy.  They can be left alone for several hour stretches, however if they don't receive ample attention when their owners return, you can bet they won't be happy. In addition to attention, Bichons also tend to be somewhat stubborn - particularly if not well trained from an early age. Grooming is also a heavy commitment with these dogs.  They require regular haircuts, bushings and baths if they get into the mud. If owners don't mind these traits, Bichons make absolutely fantastic pets, and become companions that are sure to be by your side through thick and thin! Medical issues Generally quite a healthy breed, however sometimes medical issues have been known to can occur. These primarily include:     Elbow and hip Dysplasia     Heart defects     Progressive retinal atrophy
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