Why are Bichon frise called teddy bear dogs?
The Bichon Frise dog breed is small in size and has a distinctly beautiful white coat. Their resemblance to stuffed teddy bears is undeniable as you can see below. Cute!
History of Bichon frise
There were Bichons that existed in the Mediterranean area and were divided into four groups: the Bichon Bolognaise, the Bichon Maltese, Bichon Tenerife and Bichon Havanese. Today’s Bichon frise comes from Bichon Tenerife. They travelled together with the sailors and were spread to most of the continents. They were really popular in Spain and from there they were spread to Tenerife and Canary Island. They were popular in Italy in the 14th century as well. They had special haircuts that remind of a lion. Because they were sailor’s dogs, they enjoy water even today. Also, in the 19th century they were popular in France when they were helping the blind.
The name Bichon frise was admitter in the stud book in France on 18th of October 1934. These breed became popular in Australia in the mid-1960s because of one mini-series – Meweth. In the U.S. they became popular in 1955 and they were on 40th place of most popular breed in 2013.
Coat and colors
Bichon frise has rounded skull and muzzle that is not pointy. They have a long tail that is curly, round dark eyes and black nose. They are always white with dense, curly or wavy coat. They can have apricot, cream or buff color around their paws, ears or snout.
These dogs do not shed or shed only when bathed. They should be groomed once a month. Also, to avoid hematoma, their coat should be brushed every day. They require frequent bathing, brushing and trimming in order to stay clean and control the saliva as potential allergen. They are hypoallergenic, so they are good fit for people with allergies. But, if the person is too sensitive the allergy can still occur.
Bichon frise is usually cheerful, merry, affectionate, sensitive, gentle mannered and playful. They are attention seekers and love human company. They like to go out a lot and like to socialize. They usually have medium or high intelligence. They get along with children very well because of their playful and energetic character. They like to protect their territory, but still they get along with other pets and children. They should be trained from the very beginning and in continuity.
Bichon frise is a small dog and its weight goes from 5 to 10 kg (10 to 20 lbs). Its height goes from 23 to 30 cm (9 to 12 in). Of course, some Bichon frises can be even larger.
The average life length of Bichon frise is from 12 to 13 years. In the UK they like longer than the US and the longest length of Bichon frise’s life is 16.5 years.
What’s so unique about them?
The name Bichon frise means curly lap dog in French. They can have really cute hairstyles and are really affectionate and sensitive.