Basic Puppy Training

How to train a Bichon Frise.

To train any animal successfully, one must know all there is to know about that animal. Let us see what there is to learn about the Bichon Frise breed of dog.

About the Bichon Frise - Country of Origin, History of the breed.

Bichon Frise DogsGaining full recognition by The American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1973, the Bichon Frise breed of dog is a member of the non-sporting group and the non-sporting class of (AKC). The Bichon Frise we know to-day was also known as the (1) Tenerife Dog, (2) Bichon Tenerife, and (3) Bichon a poil Frise. While the foundation breed is Maltese, other origins, mainly Poodle or Barbet, are possibilities.

While the term "Bichon Frise" is French, the literal definition is “curly lap dog.” The breed Bichon Frise was originally bred as a lap dog and became popular because of the French royalty. Originating in Spain in the 1400s the Bichon Frise has developed into a strong, small-framed animal with a balanced and consistent movement.

Bichon FriseThe Bichon Frise bred of dogs were commonly known as ‘Bichon,’ enjoyed mainly by aristocrats during the Middle Ages. The breed proliferated in the Mediterranean due to sea captains who traveled on ships and bought goods and privileges with the dogs. After declining in popularity with the aristocrats, the Bichon Frise became popular as circus clown dogs and as performer dogs with organ grinders. Their popularity rose internationally during the 1950s. The Bichon Frise has white coloring and a happy, fun-loving demeanor. The Bichon Frise breed of dogs are similar in stature to poodles and are very loyal.

A General Description of the Bichon Frise.

The Bichon Frise breed of dogs have small bodies similar to that of the poodle and has a tail that curls over the back of its body, which never changes. The ears of the Bichon Frise frame the face of the dog, are narrow and hang close to the head  and never alter its shape or position

The Bichon Frise Coat

The Bichon Frise has a solid coat of colors that are white, cream, and apricot. The outer coat consists of long hair that is coarse to the touch and curly, like that of a poodle, with an undercoat consisting of soft, short hair, which provides warmth and a fluffy appearance to the outer coat. The coat is fully developed by the time the dog is eighteen months of age and can be easily trimmed due to its medium thickness. 

Bichon Frise Height and Weight.

The Bichon Frise being a small breed grow to a standard height:

All adult males : between 9 and 11 inches tall, and a weight between 7 and 12 lbs.
All adult females : between 9 and 11 inches tall, and a weight between 7 and 12 lbs.

Personality of a Bichon Frise.

Temperament of a Bichon Frise.

The Bichon Frise breed dog is gentle, affectionate, and physically active once familiar to its surroundings. This breed of dog lives well in a variety of surroundings. With exercise comprising of just walks for at least thirty minutes, the Bichon can live in an apartment or town home, and with a little more attention in a dwelling with a yard. Otherwise needing less physical attention the Bichon Frise dogs are popular as family pets because of their exceptional ability to coexist with children and with a little training, Bichons do very well with elderly people and the disabled too.

These dogs are better suited, and prefer an indoor lifestyle, however can adapt to being outdoors. The Bichon Frise would make a better watch dog than a guard dog. This can be attributed to its small stature and friendly demeanor.

This Bichon Frise breed of dog does very well in a home that is always occupied, preferably with older children and adults. Older Bichons are more adaptable to being left alone when compared to a Bichon Frise puppy. If a Bichon Frise puppy must be left alone, provisions must be made for adequate food and water with an occasional visit once a few hours to provide attention that may be needed. Bichons have not been bred as ‘yard dogs’, hence will develop behavior problems if frequently left alone, and permanent  health problems in the long run.

How to take care of the Bichon Frise Puppies?

Given the proper care all Bichon Frise puppies ares happy, healthy, and content. Any prospective owner should expect to receive the Bichon puppy at six weeks of age, and not younger. The Bichon Frise will become socialized to a variety of human beings if it is exposed as a puppy to children, adults, and visitors. Bichon Frise puppies should be taken for walks, provided with age-appropriate toys, and have a living space where the dog can learn to be alone. The Bichon Frise can be house trained from a very early age.

How do I train my Bichon Frise.

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How to train my Bichon Frise


Knowledge is everything. The more you know about your Bichon Frise friend the better. There is no other way to do that other than books on the Bichon Frise breed of dog, which has the best, a sample is displayed below:

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