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Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is the pawfect dog for you if you’re a first time dog owner, looking to borrow a cute small dog, or generally if you prefer shorter walks. But whether you’re thinking of borrowing one or getting your own, we’ve pulled together some fun and interesting facts about this affable small dog breed.

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What is a Bichon Frise?

The Bichon Frise is a small, toy dog, originally from the Mediterranean. The word Bichon means ‘white dog’, whilst Frise describes the soft corkscrew curls of the coat. Bichons are always white with a black nose and eyes.

How much exercise does a Bichon Frise need?

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Being a small dog, the Bichon Frise does not require a huge amount of exercise. The Kennel Club advises on up to 30 minutes a day.

Alfie loves nothing more than a short walk followed by a snooze.

- Karen, owner of Alfie.

What is the temperament of a Bichon Frise?

The Bichon Frise is a cheerful, sometimes mischievous breed with a lot of love and affection to give. Possibly one of the best family dogs, they love to play, are always happy and are exceptionally gentle.

Crystal is the most placid dog I have ever come across, and she is an absolute people pleaser.

- Lisa, owner of Crystal.

Are Bichon Frises easy to train?

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With a firm hand, Bichons are highly trainable. They’re very intelligent and love to learn tricks. Expert advice is to train your Bichon from a young age and to continue to ensure good behaviour.

Poppy loves doing tricks and agility, although there will have to be a reward in the form of a treat.

- Margaret, owner of Poppy and Tilly.

That being said, here are a few funny quirks that some of our members’ Bichon Frises have:

Pamela, owner of Milo and Zoe:

Milo and Zoe LOVE fresh fruit and slippers.

Annette, owner of Magners:

Magners adores a cup of tea.

Shauni, owner of Koko:

Koko is a little shy until you give her a belly scratch. After that, she will be your best friend for life.

Most common bichon frise names on BorrowMyDoggy:

  • Alfie
  • Teddy
  • Poppy
  • Charlie
  • Lola
  • Molly
  • Daisy
  • Oscar
  • Buddy
  • Bella

BorrowMyDoggy member Alexandra joined BorrowMyDoggy with her Bichon Frise cross after researching different dog-care arrangements.

High paws to our lovely community for letting us share these facts about their Bichon Frises. Paws crossed you found them helpful :)

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