The Bichon Frise is a cheerful, small dog breed with a knack for mischief and a lot of love to give. With their black eyes, nose, and fluffy white coat, they almost resemble a little stuffed animal! They are very happy and enthusiastic companions. Though they are small, they love to be the center of attention and provide so much life and energy to a family with their gentle and affectionate personality. Because they don’t shed as much as other breeds, Bichons often are recommended for people with allergies and their size makes them ideal for apartment life.
Common Health Conditions
- Bichon Frises are prone to scratching and chewing on themselves in the summer because of the warm and moist air, which commonly results in serious skin conditions. They are hypoallergenic, but they themselves suffer from allergies to fleas, ticks, chemicals, pollen, and dust.
- Bichon Frises sometimes carry a gene that causes genetic hemolytic anemia - a condition where an animals’ own immune system destroys it’s red blood cells.
- Bichons have a reputation for suffering from separation anxiety if left alone at home for too long, this can lead to “bad” behaviour including chewing, scratching, and urinating inside the house.
- Bichon Frises are prone to urinary conditions including crystals and bladder stones.