The Bichon Frise is a Meditteranean breed descended from a mixture of Poodles and Water Spaniels.
Bichon Frises are small and sturdy with distinctive puffball coats, sometimes groomed “lion-style” with a close-cut body and puffy mane. They have slightly rounded heads, medium-length muzzles, hanging ears (usually covered in hair) and protruding black noses. Their dark eyes have a curious and lively expression. They have long necks and defined chests. Their plumed tails carry over the back. Usually trimmed, Bichons have a cottony coat that consists of a rough and curly outer coat and a soft, dense inner coat. Overall, Bichon Frises carry themselves with a cheerful and jaunty spirit.
The average Bichon Frise can live as long as 15 years (and sometimes longer). Common health problems include allergies and cataracts.
- Congenital hypotrichosis
- Corneal dystrophy
- Patent ductus arteriosus
- Shaker dog syndrome