A Complete Guide to Bichon Frise Dogs

Charming, cute and affectionate, the Bichon Frise is a classic companion dog. Lively, energetic and a touch mischievous, this breed is spirited, happy and sociable by nature. Bichon Frises thrive on human companionship and are outstanding pets for families with young children.


Height: Both males and females average 9.5 to 11.5 inches in height.

Weight: These dogs usually weigh between 7 and 12 pounds when fully grown.

Coat: The long, curly coat of a Bichon Frise is high-maintenance, but this breed is considered a hypoallergenic dog. These dogs are normally white, but some display shades of apricot or cream.

Ears and Eyes: The ears of a Bichon Frise dog are well-covered in hair and medium in size. Eyes are dark and round, with a sharp, intelligent expression.

Tail: This breed has a curly, furry tail that hangs over the back.


These dogs thrive on human company. Highly sociable, they get along well with other dogs and animals and are fairly quiet. They are obedient and competitive, and they make able watchdogs despite their small stature.

AKC Group: Non-sporting

Training: Given their high intelligence, Bichon Frise puppies are easy to train. However, like many small breeds, they can be tough to housebreak.

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Ideal Environment: These dogs need a lot of attention, so they're best placed in homes where someone is around for most of the day. They tend to be fairly active indoors, so they can be quite happy living in apartments and urban environments that lack a yard.

Health and Care

Feeding: Like many small breeds, Bichon Frise dogs tend to beg for table scraps and can become picky eaters if they're indulged too often.

Grooming: This is a high-maintenance breed that requires daily care of its lavish coat. The fur around the eyes and ears needs constant attention, and most Bichon Frise breeders recommend professional grooming on a monthly basis.

Exercise: These dogs need a walk every day, though they're perfectly happy to expend the rest of their plentiful energy playing indoors.

Health Problems: Cataracts and ear ailments can be problematic for Bichon Frises, given the rampant growth of their curly fur. Regular cleaning of the eyes and ears is recommended. Dog fleas can cause problematic skin discomfort, and, like many other small breeds, they tend to suffer from a knee dislocation syndrome known as luxating patella.

Average Lifespan: Bichon Frises can live 15 years or more.

Find a Bichon Frise to Adopt or Buy

Prospective owners can find a healthy Bichon Frise for sale by checking with certified local breeders. Professional breeders track lineage and parentage closely, guaranteeing the puppies they sell will make suitable, long-lived pets. Expect to pay about $450 to $800 for a dewormed puppy that's had its initial canine vaccinations. Don't be tempted by the cost savings available at puppy farms – these businesses disregard both the health and ethical treatment of the animals they sell.

For those who would prefer to adopt an adult dog, Bichon Frise rescue resources match neglected animals with new owners. Contact local animal control authorities to learn more.