Is A Bichon Frise Right For You?

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From the desk of Sharda Baker.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Hi and welcome everyone!

This is Sharda Baker with another Bichon Frise newsletter!

Today we will be looking at the Bichon Frise’s personality and temperament. Is A Bichon Frise Right For You? This will help you answer your question.

Let’s see some of the things that make this breed truly special shall we?


The Bichon Frise is one of the best tempered and easiest to train dogs that, while being a small dog, are still hardy, robust, and really love being around children.

The Bichon Frise has been bred for centuries to be a companion dog and this breed tends to take this job very seriously. They do bond very closely with the family, but not in the jealous or difficult way that so many of the other small dog breeds tend to bond.

The Bichon Frise is happiest when he or she is around people more than on his or her own, but they can be ideal house dogs for working families provided they have lots of attention and interaction when the family is home for the day.

Many owners of Bichon Frise report these dogs have an uncanny instinct to be able to understand what the owner is wanting before they even have to give the command.

In addition, these dogs are known to be natural entertainers, quickly figuring out what pleases the owner and incorporating this into their daily routines.

It is not uncommon for a Bichon Frise to understand that the jangle of the keys means a ride in the car or that the opening of the cupboard means time for a treat.

Bichon Frise training can really be easy with this breed which makes it an ideal family dog.

They love to learn new tricks and routines and are often used in obedience or agility work – as well as for providing that extra bit of entertainment to amaze your friends and family with many new tricks.

The Bichon Frise will listen well to children and love the attention that kids tend to lavish on them.They are very active dogs and will enjoy romping through the yard, or just playing with the children in the house.

The Bichon Frise is a small breed that doesn’t enjoy the really rough and tumble activities, but they are amazingly athletic and hardy for their smaller stature.

Even small children will have little difficulty in learning how to get along with a Bichon Frise.

In addition to being very people friendly, the Bichon Frise is also very social with other dogs and non-canine pets.

The Bichon Frise does well as a single dog in a household or can also be an excellent breed as a companion dog for almost any other breed. Since they are not dominant by nature, they may even be good with more possessive and dominant breeds.

However, it will be important to supervise the interaction until you are sure it is safe to leave the dogs alone.

The Bichon Frise is usually a great companion for a house with a cat or other pet, provided the puppy is socialized with the other animals as early as possible.

Even an older Bichon Frise can learn to get along with calm cats that are already familiar with dogs.

The Bichon Frise actually sheds very little and is often a good option for a person with allergies.

As with any type of dog, it is important for allergy sufferers to spend some time with a Bichon Frise to see if they can tolerate the breed before making the decision to buy a puppy or dog.

Apartment living, city living, or even out in the country are all acceptable for a Bichon Frise.

They do prefer to be inside rather than outside, especially in colder, wet weather or at night.

This breed can tolerate being left outdoors in moderate temperatures during the day provided they are in a secured, fenced yard.

While not a roaming or wandering breed, they are often so friendly they will follow people home, resulting in lost dogs and panicked families.

The most endearing personality trait of the Bichon Frise is its unconditional love for its owners. These dogs absolutely need to spend time with their family and are truly happy when they can just be with the people they know.

They enjoy jumping up on the couch beside you, or snuggling onto your lap for a quiet evening of watching television or reading a book.

I hope that you enjoyed today’s Bichon Frise newsletter.

All the best and take care

Sharda Baker