Bichon Frise

At a glance
bichonThe Bichon Frise was developed in the Mediterranean area, and was preceded by the poodle. They became popular all over Europe at the height of the Renaissance due to their elegant white coat, small size and cheerful disposition. The breed is relatively new in the United States, having arrived only in 1955 and having its first litter there in 1956.


  • Names – Bichon à poil frisé, Bichon Tenerife,
  • Group – AKC: Non-Sporting Group; KC: Toy Group
  • Size – small
  • Life expectancy – 15-18 years; the average life span is 16 years.
  • Cost of ownership – medium
  • Ease of ownership – medium
  • Aggressive tendency – low
  • Amount of Exercise – low
  • Amount of Grooming – high
  • Ease of Training – high
  • Obedience level – high
  • Suitable for Children – high
  • Amount of Care Required – high
  • Susceptibility to Health Problems – low

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