Quick Look

  • Height

    • Male23 – 30 cm
    • Female23 – 30 cm
  • Weight

    • Male5 – 10 kg
    • Female5 – 10 kg
  • Common Colors

    • White
  • Coat Texture

    • Profuse, silky and loosely curled.
  • Average Lifespan

    • 12 to 15 years

Bichon Frisé

History of the Breed

The Bichon Frisé is thought to have originated from Tenerife, in the Canary Islands where the breed was used as bartering items with by Spanish seamen and called 'Bichon'. They were brought to Italy in the 1300s and quickly became the staple dog of Italian nobility. Unfortunately, the popularity of the Bichon Frisé struggled to retain popularity across Europe, only lasting for brief spells in Italy, Spain and France. They received their name Bichon Frisé in 1933 by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale.


  • Adaptability
  • Cheerful
  • Health & Grooming
  • Popularity
  • Social


  • Affectionate
  • Bouncy
  • Playful

Common Health Problems

  • Allergies
  • Canine Hip dysplasia In dogs, hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints.
  • Cataracts A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye which leads to a decrease in vision.
  • Hyperadrenocorticism Cushing's syndrome describes the signs and symptoms associated with prolonged exposure to inappropriately high levels of the hormone cortisol.
  • Patellar Luxation Luxating patella is a condition in which the patella, or kneecap, dislocates or moves out of its normal location.

Top Tips for Caring for a Bichon Frisé

  • Running around the garden is usually sufficient exercise, or daily short walks
  • It's hair needs trimming once a month, and regularly brushing

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