FCI Group

The Bichon Frise belongs to the Companion and Toy Dogs in the FCI grouping.

AKC Group

The Bichon Frise is classified under the Non-sporting group in the AKC grouping.

Is the Bichon Frise allowed as a pet in a Singapore HDB flat?

Yes.

Origin

France or Tenerife (Canary Islands of Spain), 1300s. The Bichon Frise is a descendent of the Barbet Water Spaniel and the Poodle. Spanish sailors traded the Bichon all over the world. The dog became a favourite of the 16th century French royal courts. In the 19th century it was a popular a circus performer. Today the Bichon Frise is mainly a companion and show dog.

Original Purpose

Companion (the word “bichon” is French for “lapdog”); performing dogs. Used as watchdogs and to perform tricks.

Behaviour and Temperament

Independent, bold, lively, affectionate. Hardly a barker.

Breed Characteristics

Requires human companionship and should not spend long hours alone; requires a lot of attention. This sociable trait also means that they are fine in the company of other dogs and pets.

What are some Physical Features of the Bichon Frise?

Bichons average 23 to 28cm tall; and weighs from 3 to 5.5kg. Adult Bichons are always white, but puppies up to 18 months old can have traces of buff, cream, or apricot.

Coat Type and Recommended Grooming

Fluffy, fine, and somewhat silkier than a Poodle’s, although it has Poodle-like curls that are best groomed with a slicker brush; outer coat coarser and curlier. Very high maintenance; requires grooming every day, even for a pet coat. Frequent bathing is important, and eyes need special care. Professional grooming is recommended every 4 weeks for a show coat. Does not shed, but dead hair from undercoat must be combed out to prevent mats and hot spots.

Life Expectancy

13 to 15 years.

Health Concerns

Skin problems (allergies), ear infections, eye problems, bladder stones, patellar luxation. The Bichon also benefits from a different vaccination protocol than is common for most breeds.

Exercise

Low. Gets along on only a little exercise such as a daily walk. Play usually takes care of much of its exercise needs.

Housing

Ideal in any situation; suited for apartment life. Can be active in the house.

Sociability

They are naturally sociable and are happiest when they are part of a family that includes it in their activities. Excellent with older kids, but a few may be too sensitive for toddlers. Friendly to strangers.

Trainability

High; This breed is competitive and obedient, excellent at picking up tricks. Some may have housetraining problems.

Recommended Activities

Obedience, agility, therapy dog.

Bichon Frise Clubs / Communities in Singapore

There is a growing community of Bichon Frise lovers in Singapore. They can be found in the Bichon Frise Club of Singapore facebook group.