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The Care and Feeding for your Bichon Frise Breed of Dog
Tippy & Alfred
The Bichon Frise is a small dog. The male can reach nine to
twelve inches (twenty-three to thirty-one centimeters) in
height and seven to twelve pounds (three to five and one
half kilograms). The female can reach nine to eleven inches
(twenty-three to twenty-eight centimeters) in height and
seven to twelve pounds (three to five and one half
kilograms) on average. Note that this is a healthy average
for the breed.
The Bichon Frise breed is susceptible to eye problems like
cataracts and watery eyes. They may have ear and skin
ailments. Epilepsy and dislocated kneecaps are also a common
problem. Bichons can be very sensitive to parasite bites so
be sure to control any pest problems.
This dog breed does fine in an apartment so long as they are
given enough exercise. They are a fairly active breed
indoors and are fine with a small yard to play in. Remember
this is a social dog that will not be happy sleeping
outside. They want to be with their people.
Your Bichon Frise needs to be taken on daily walks. They
like to play and are a fairly active breed. They need to
have a "pack walk" with you and will not be happy only going
out in the backyard to do their business. A daily walk is
not only for exercise and waste removal. It is also about
satisfying instinct by walking their territory with their
In safe areas this breed can be let off the leash to play.
They enjoy romping, frolicking and playing in the park. This
can also be done in a large backyard. They love toys and
sometimes can become jealous if one of their favorites is
being played with by another dog.
The Bichon Frise can live fifteen or more years and have an
average litter size of four to five puppies. Sometimes six
puppies can occur in a litter.
If you intend to show this breed be sure that you get your
puppy from a reputable breeder. Championship lines are the
best to buy from but be sure you have proof of the claims.
Make sure that you get DNA tests, health checkups from a
veterinarian of your choice, are able to see the dad and mom
dog, have a lineage report, registration papers and other
associated paperwork that a responsible breeder should be
able to provide to you.
Picture of Bichon Frise Dog
Bichon Frise has Special Nutritional Needs
Jane R. Bicks, D.V.M
Often mistaken for poodles, the Bichon Frise is a furry
little love ball that makes a wonderful companion.
A food without any dyes and with high quality protein and
fat is necessary to maintain a nice coat and, according to
breeders, reduce the rusty stains that accumulate under the runny eyes.
See my endorsement for the a Savory Tasting
Cuisine for your Bichon Frise Dog
Here's the Carte
du jour for the Bichon Frise
Bee pollen and antioxidants should be added to their
food, the former for it's help in fighting allergies.
Excellent Antioxidant Treats with a Savory Taste
your Bichon Frise will find Scrumptious
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