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What Is The Age Span Of A Bichon Frise?

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As much as we don’t like to think about it, our dogs are only with us for a relatively short time. Depressing as that thought is, it’s not all bad. The time we do spend with them should be full of fun and happiness.

The average age span of a Bichon Frise is 12 – 15 years.

With that said, it’s important to know the age span of a Bichon Frise to know what to expect in that regard. It’s also a great idea to learn about some of the health problems associated with this breed so you will know what to look out for.

With all of this in mind, this article will talk about the age span of a Bichon Frise, some of the health problems associated with the breed, advice for old age Bichons as well as tips for ensuring your Bichon lives a long and happy life.

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What Is The Oldest Bichon Frise?

According to Wikipedia, the oldest Bichon Frise on record lived to be 19 years old. This Bichon was found in North America. 

In Britain, Nellie the Bichon is likely the oldest Bichon in Britain at 17 years old.

What Health Problems Do Bichon Frises Have?

The Bichon Frise breed can be prone to certain health problems throughout the course of their life.

The advantage of a purebred dog in this regard means that owners can learn what to look out for as these health conditions are widely known.

  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Dental Disease
  • Cataracts
  • Allergies

To learn more about these health problems, you can read the following post I wrote:

Bichon Frise Health Issues – Here’s What You Need To Know

What Are Some Bichon Frise Old Age Problems To Look Out For?

As your Bichon Frise ages and starts into the later stage of life, it’s important to watch out for some problems that may develop.

In addition to the health problems we looked at above, an older dog can be prone to some other issues that are important to look out for.


As your Bichon ages, their hearing may start to deteriorate. It’s possible that they could lose their hearing entirely depending on a number of factors.

For more information on looking after a dog with hearing loss, check out this article:

Deaf Dogs: Living with Hearing Loss


Diabetes is another health problem to look out for in older Bichons. Similar to humans, dogs can have one of two types of diabetes.

This is important to watch out for as treatment of diabetes needs to be managed with regular treatment.

For much more information on this condition, check out the following article:
Diabetes in Dogs: Symptoms, Treatment, Cost and Life Expectancy

How To Ensure Your Bichon Lives A Long And Happy Life

By now, you are likely asking yourself, well how can I give my Bichon the best life possible? We all want to make sure our dogs are happy and healthy at the end of the day.

We’ll look at the answer to that question in the sections below.

1 Physical And Mental Stimulation

The Bichon Frise has a sociable and playful temperament and is a relatively active breed.

With this in mind, it’s important that they receive an average of 30 minutes of exercise each day to keep them physically active.

This can take the form of a walk around the park, a game of frisbee in a large field, or even a trip to the beach. There are also a ton of free outdoor dog activities you can choose from.

In order to keep your Bichon mentally stimulated, it’s a good idea to regularly socialize them with other dogs and people.

Again, this is something you can do at the local dog park, or you could consider sending your Bichon to doggy day care every so often.

The benefits of doggy day care are numerous and I talk more about them in this article: 

7 Of The Best Reasons Doggy Day Care Is Beneficial For Your Bichon.

2 Regular Vets Visits

Regular trips to the vet are a must for every dog owner throughout the life of their dog. It’s important that your dog gets a check-up about once a year or as directed by your vet.

This will ensure your Bichon is healthy, that they are up to date on all of their boosters, flea and worming treatments as well as making sure they are not becoming overweight.

We took our Bichon Scully to the vet recently for her check-up to discover that she was slightly overweight.

We learned that spayed dogs have different dietary requirements to non-spayed dogs which meant that we had essentially not been feeding her correctly.

This came as quite a surprise to us as you can imagine. But, by going to the vet and learning about this, we altered the amount and type of food we were feeding Scully to account for this.

3 Socialization With Other People

As we looked at before, the Bichon Frise is a very sociable dog that loves attention.

Social interaction with other people is important for your Bichon to ensure they get enough mental stimulation and fun.

The slight downside to this trait is the potential for the Bichon to develop separation anxiety when left alone for periods of time.

This is certainly something to watch out for with the Bichon. However, with plenty of play and socialization with other people, you shouldn’t need to worry about this.

4 Socialization With Other Dogs

In addition to socializing with other people, it’s a great idea to continually socialize your Bichon with other dogs.

It’s important to do this from a young age to ensure your Bichon is used to other dogs, but you shouldn’t have any difficulty with this.

Running around and playing with other dogs is in their nature to do. So by frequently doing this, your Bichon will continue to be happy and fulfilled.

If you don’t know any dogs to regularly socialize your Bichon with, it’s a good idea to consider doggy day care as a way to fulfill this requirement.

5 Regular Grooming

Maintaining a healthy coat is an important aspect of ensuring your Bichon is happy and healthy.

A Bichon Frise with a ton of mats and overgrown hair will find it uncomfortable to run around and play. They’ll also likely become itchy and even develop some skin irritations.

Bichons also tend to develop tear stains around their eyes so this is also something that requires regular cleaning and maintenance.

Fortunately, the Bichon Frise has a hypoallergenic low-shed coat which means there will be less hair floating around your house.

This is also of benefit to people with allergies who wouldn’t otherwise be able to be around dogs.

While they benefit from a low shed coat, it’s still important to brush their coat weekly to prevent any mats from building up.

It’s also a good idea to schedule professional grooming appointments at least every couple of months. This will ensure their coat is kept in great condition.

Learn everything you need to know about grooming your Bichon Frise from this article I wrote:

Bichon Frise Grooming – A Helpful Beginners Guide

6 Good Quality Food

Like humans, the quality of food that a Bichon eats is important to ensure a healthy dog.

Food that has good nutritional content and that won’t break the bank is highly important. You’ll likely stick with this brand for life so it’s important to make an informed decision.

Finding the best food to use can be something you can ask the breeder when you first take your Bichon home.

They will often be using a particular brand that your dog will already be used to so it usually makes sense to stick with this brand.

In addition to this, it might also be a good idea to ask your vet. They can recommend a good brand that will be most suitable for your particular breed of dog.

Word of mouth can also be a good way to determine a good brand of dog food to buy.

For example, I always recommend Hill’s Science Plan because we use it and it has been recommended to us by numerous people.

Whatever your decision, it’s also important to ensure you’re feeding your Bichon the right amount.

The back of the dog food bag will usually contain a feeding chart. You can use this to portion out the food each day.


Let’s summarize what we covered in this article to wrap things up.

We looked at:

  • The average age span of a Bichon Frise
  • The age of the oldest Bichon Frise
  • Some health problems associated with the Bichon Frise breed
  • What old age problems to look out for
  • Tips to ensure your Bichon lives a long and happy life

Hopefully, you were able to find the information in this article useful. While it can be upsetting to think about things such as this, the more you know, the better prepared you will be.

If you have any questions about anything we discussed in this article, please let me know in the comments below.

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