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25 Ultimate Bichon Frise Facts That Will Impress Your Friends


The adorable white powder puff that is the Bichon Frise is an interesting breed, to say the least.

From their origins and history to their appearance, temperament and even their fame, there’s a lot to learn about this breed.

Throughout my time learning about the Bichon Frise, I have accumulated some terrific facts about them that I’d love to share with you.

That’s why in this article I’ve put together my top 25 Bichon Frise facts that will certainly impress all of your friends.

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25 Ultimate Bichon Frise Facts

Bichon Frise History

  1. The word Bichon Frise means “curly lap dog” in old French.
  2. The Bichon is descended from the Poodle and the Barbet (a water spaniel).
  3. The Bichon Frise is closely related to the Maltese, the Havanese, the Coton de Tulear, and the Bolognese.
  4. Bichons originally traveled on sailing ships throughout Spain as companions.
  5. During the Renaissance, the Bichon Frise became a lap dog used by the French nobility.
  6. In the 19th century, the Bichon became a popular entertainer as they were used as circus performers.
  7. The first Bichons in the US were born in 1956.
  8. Bichons were first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 and they were classed as a non-sporting breed.

Bichon Frise Fame

  1. The artist Francisco de Goya featured Bichons in some of his paintings. Most notably “The White Duchess” which was completed in 1795.
  2. In 2018 a Bichon Frise named Flynn won best-in-show at the Westminster Kennel Club Show.
  3. Tori is an Instagram famous Bichon Frise that has over 360,000 followers!

Bichon Frise Appearance

  1. The Bichon Frise is a hypoallergenic dog which means they are suitable for people that suffer from allergies.
  2. Bichons have an entirely white coat, though puppies can have some apricot or champagne coloring.
  3. Older Bichons can have rusty red patches of fur around their face and paws due to the iron in the water they drink.
  4. The small size of the Bichon Frise makes them well suited to living in an apartment or a house with a small garden.
  5. The Bichon Frise thrives in colder temperatures like in Winter due to its thick coat.
  6. The average life span of a Bichon Frise is 12 – 15 years.
  7. The average litter size of the Bichon Frise is between 2 and 5 puppies.

Bichon Frise Temperament

  1. Despite living onboard ships, the Bichon Frise is not a big fan of water.
  2. Bichon Frises have an affectionate, playful and sociable temperament. They love being the center of attention.
  3. Bichons don’t like to be left on their own for long periods of time and can suffer from separation anxiety.
  4. The sociable nature of the Bichon Frise means that they get on well with other people, kids, and other animals.
  5. The Bichon Frise is a pretty intelligent dog which makes them easy to train.
  6. If not trained from a young age, a Bichon Frise will act as a watchdog, barking any time the doorbell rings.
  7. The Bichon Frise is a relatively active dog that requires 30 minutes of exercise a day.

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I hope you found this article of Bichon Frise facts fun and interesting. The Bichon Frise is an interesting and brilliant dog for sure.

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