Getting to know bichon frise dogs

Originally a French word, the Bichon Frise dogs name literally means curly lap dog. It is a small breed of dog and a member of the non-sporting group. Originating from the Mediterranean, this breed of dog first came in the United States sometime around 1950s but became popular among dog owners only during the mid 1960s. The American Kennel Club or the AKC recognized the Bichon Frise as an official dog breed only in 1971.

Their eyes are usually very dark, and these cute lap dogs are considered bouncy, playful and extremely perky in character. Bichon Frise, according to some dog enthusiasts, have happy disposition in life, in other words, happy-go-lucky animals. Strangers can come up to them and pet them without fear of aggression because these dogs are extremely friendly even to those outside the family. They enjoy socializing with other dogs and people, and can get along well with children.

Bichon Frise dogs are very responsive, affectionate and adore cuddling with family members. However, this breed of dog can not be left alone for a very long time because of its need for human companionship. Once left alone, they can become easily upset and will keep on barking until company arrives.

This breed, though small in size needs exercise too. There are various physical activities that could serve and give the bit of daily exercise your Bichon Frise needs. Taking him out on the leash to walk a few laps in the yard or even rigorous indoor games will work just fine. It helps if you have access to an enclosed backyard or field. Simply stand on one side of the grass and let another family member or second owner stand at the far distance on the other side. Then make these adorable little guys tire easily by letting them vigorously run back-and -fourth as each of you take turns in calling your dog.

Good grooming practices are needed for all Bachon Frise dogs, not just to make them look good but to avoid skin problems and allergies as well. Their white puffy coat may need trimming and scissoring occasionally and should be brushed every other day. Bichon Frise do not shed, but some hairs do become loose and could entangle with the rest of the coat, causing it to mat.

Bichon Frise dogs may live for up to 15 years or more. A veterinary check up is important and it is recommended that this breed should be specifically tested for eye problems, knee dysplasia and hip dysplasia. Some of the major health problems that could possibly affect this breed are allergies, Cushing’s disease and patellar luxation.