Bichon Frise Facts

Bichon Frise Facts
Bichon Frise is type of small dog that belongs to the Barbichon family. It was created around 13th century in the Mediterranean region by mixing Water Spaniel and Standard Poodle. Bichon Frise was very popular among French, English and Spanish royalty, especially during Renaissance period. Despite its long history and widespread distribution in Europe, Bichon Frise arrived to the USA for the first time 60 years ago. Its small size and charismatic nature make it very popular among dog lovers around the world.
Interesting Bichon Frise Facts:
Bichon Frise can reach 9 to 11 inches in height and 7 to 12 pounds of weight.
Bichon Frise has dense fluffy coat that consists of pure white corkscrew-shaped curls. Puppies can be light yellow or creamy-colored at birth.
Bichon Frise has rounded skull, black, round eyes, black nose, arched neck, small, compact body and long, curved tail.
Name "Bichon Frise" is derived from French language and it literally means "curly lap dog".
Bichon Frise served as companion of Spanish sailors on the trade routes in the 14th century. Sailors used Bichon Frise to facilitate bonding with people in the foreign countries and as a "currency" in the exchange of goods (this is why Bichon Frise can be found all over the world today).
Despite frequent journeys on the sea, Bichon Frise is type of dog that does not like to swim.
Bichon Frise was very popular in the circuses during the 19th century because of its clownish personality, great intelligence and ability to learn to perform various tricks.
Bichon Frise is cheerful, affectionate and good-natured dog that is suitable for families with children and other pets. It is always happy and ready to play, which is why it is very popular and often used as therapy dog.
Bichon Frise can suffer from separation anxiety when it's left on its own for long period of time.
Bichon Frise is suitable for the life in the apartments, but it requires regular daily walks and plenty of exercises to remain healthy and fit.
Bichon Frise is portrayed on many paintings, including the paintings of famous artists such as Francisco de Goya and Titian.
Bichon Frise belongs to the group of hypoallergenic dogs that are suitable for people that are allergic to dog's hair. Its thick double coat doesn't shed much, but it needs to be groomed regularly to prevent matting and tangling of fur. Grooming of Bichon Frise is time consuming and hard job.
Bichon Frise gives birth to 1 to 6 puppies (4 on average). Puppies sleep 90% of their time during the first few weeks of their life.
Bichon Frise is generally healthy breed, but it can suffer from skin problems, allergies, bladder problems and patellar luxation.
An average lifespan of Bichon Frise is 12 to 15 years.

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