A common question that people ask me when they see my Bichon Scully is: “Is A Bichon Frise Good With Kids?“.
I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that this is something highly important to consider when getting a dog for a family.
You want to ensure that your dog will get on well with your kids and vice versa. There would be nothing worse than a dog that can’t be around the kids for fear the dog might become aggressive.
Fortunately, the Bichon Frise is a breed that gets on very well with kids. This is due to its small size, adorable appearance, and friendly and sociable temperament.
Of course, it’s worth mentioning that any dog has the potential to become aggressive depending on how they are trained and the circumstance they find themselves in.
That’s why it’s important to ensure that you are taking the right steps to bring a new dog into your home. From choosing the right breed to teaching them how to interact with kids and vice versa.
In this article, we will look at why a Bichon Frise is good with kids, what other dogs are good with kids as well as steps to teach your Bichon how to socialize with children.
Are Bichon Frises Good With Kids?
The Bichon Frise is an adorable white fluff ball with a friendly, active and sociable temperament that makes them a perfect dog for kids.
Their small size makes them more manageable and you won’t have to fear that they will accidentally knock over kids with their enthusiasm.
As well as this, the Bichon Frise has a hypoallergenic, low-shed/non-shed coat that makes them very suitable for families that may suffer from allergies.
Let’s look at each of these aspects that make a Bichon Frise good with kids in more detail below.
Bichon Frise Temperament
The temperament of the Bichon Frise is sociable, friendly and affectionate which is all a way of saying that they love attention and spending time with others.
Our Bichon Frise, Scully, is always happy to see and interact with kids on our walks around the park. Kids will run up to her and pet her and you can tell that her day has been made.
As well as this, the Bichon is an active dog that loves to play. This makes them the perfect companion for a kid or kids who can play fetch with them or take them for walks.
Bichon Frises Are Hypoallergenic
The coat of the Bichon Frise is hypoallergenic and non-shed / low-shed. This means that they are a great breed of dog for kids or family members that suffer from allergies.
With that said, it is worth spending time around a Bichon Frise before you get one to ensure that the particular allergies are not too severe.
Additionally, the low-shed coat of the Bichon Frise means that you won’t have dog hair all over your clothes after playing with them. You won’t need to invest in a ton of lint rollers and a clothes brush just yet.
It’s still important to note that the Bichon’s coat still does require regular brushing to prevent mats. This is something that you can show your kids how to do and they will likely be happy to help out.
Bichons Are Easy To Train
The Bichon Frise is a pretty intelligent dog. This trait makes them relatively easy to train on the whole.
As well as this, their sociable temperament makes them eager to please. So they will be sure to carry out your command once they know how.
Providing you train your Bichon from a young age and socialize them with others, there is no reason why they wouldn’t get on very well with kids.
Some people would say that the Bichon can be on the more difficult side to house train. This can be especially true with female Bichons more so than males.
Whatever the case, with some patience and consistency this is something that can easily be overcome.
Are Bichons Good With Toddlers?
While Bichons are great with kids it’s important to ensure they are always supervised around smaller kids and toddlers.
In reality, the worst a Bichon could do is nip or scratch but in the company of toddlers, this is very important to watch out for.
As well as this, a Bichon could become overexcited and perhaps jump up and startle small kids or toddlers. This can be intimidating for a small child who may not be that much bigger than the dog.
What Is The Best Age For A Child To Have A Dog?
The best age for a child to have a dog can essentially depend on the child and the dog.
Responsible, older kids who help out with chores would be well able to own a dog or a puppy.
A puppy would require more training upfront compared to an older dog who might already be used to kids.
As a general rule of thumb, it’s recommended that your child be at least 6-8 years of age if you’re looking to get a puppy.
This ensures everybody’s safety and that the child will be old enough to understand how to interact with a dog properly.
If your child is any younger and you bring a new puppy into the house, you will have twice as much work on your hands. A younger child themselves requires a lot of looking after, so adding a puppy doubles your work. This is something important to consider.
A quick note here. While children and teenagers will be more capable of helping out with owning a dog, it will primarily be you that is in charge. You will be responsible for the care and training of a new dog most likely so be prepared for this undertaking.
Benefits Of Having A Dog For Kids
There is no shortage of benefits to owning a dog, especially for kids.
- Owning a dog will teach a child responsibility. They will learn the responsibility of feeding and looking after a dog. As well as ensuring they get enough exercise each day.
- A family dog is good for their self-esteem. Dogs provide unconditional love which makes everybody feel happy not just kids.
- A dog can teach a child empathy which is an important trait to learn from a young age. Kids will learn how to look after a dog and to understand their needs. Are they hungry? Are they angry?
- One final and most important benefit is that dogs can be therapeutic for the whole family. Owning a dog can reduce stress and anxiety among people. I can definitely attest to that fact. Just think about how dogs are used to accompany autistic children and children with special needs.
Show Kids How To Interact With Your Bichon
Being able to properly interact with a dog is very important for your kids to learn. By understanding how to be around dogs, your child will learn some important lessons.
- The first thing to do when showing your kids how to interact with a dog is to introduce everyone gradually. If your friend or neighbor has a friendly dog, bring your kids over and spend some time with that dog before getting one of your own.
- It’s important to show your kids that the dog should come to you for interaction. This is key to prevent a child from encroaching on a dog’s space leading to potentially aggressive behavior from the dog.
- Being aware of a dog’s space and being respectful of it will lead to a happy relationship between your kids and their dog.
- Another important thing to show your kids is how to play with a dog. You want to avoid any roughhousing or tail pulling which could agitate your dog. Instead, show them how to play fetch or how to pet the dog gently.
What Are The Most Child-Friendly Dogs?
At this point, you might be asking yourself, well what are the most child-friendly dogs? Fortunately for you, I’ve thought of this question and have put together a list of the top 5 child-friendly dogs.
Firstly, let’s look at what makes a child-friendly dog, then we’ll break down the top 5 list.
What Makes A Child-Friendly Dog?
In thinking about what makes a child-friendly dog, I’ve come up with 4 factors that are important to consider.
What determines a child-friendly dog:
- Trainability – how easy or difficult it is to train the dog to obey commands or to housebreak.
- Size – how big or small the dog is. In reality, this might not be a consideration for you but it’s worth looking at if you have a preference either way. It’s also important that your home can accommodate a dog so in this way, size is important.
- Energy Levels – how active and energetic a dog is. How often they should be exercised and for how long.
- Temperament – the traits, personality and characteristics of the dog breed. If they are friendly, sociable, playful, etc.
- Care – the specific needs or requirements of a dog breed. Do they require a lot of grooming and maintenance?
Top 5 Most Child-Friendly Dogs
1 Bichon Frise
- Trainability – This breed is intelligent and easy to train. They can be slightly more difficult to housetrain, especially females. Though this is something that can be done with patience and consistency.
- Size – The Bichon Frise is a small dog. Its average height is 9 – 11 inches for males and females. Its average weight is 11 – 16 lbs for males and 10 – 15 lbs for females.
- Energy Levels – The Bichon requires regular exercise but can be happy playing in a small garden.
- Temperament – Bichons have a friendly, sociable and playful temperament. They interact well with other people and kids providing they have been socialized from a young age.
- Care – The Bichon Frise has a non-shed/low-shed coat that requires regular grooming to prevent mats.
- Trainability – These little dogs are easy to train due to their intelligent nature.
- Size – This is another small breed of dog. Its average height is 9 – 10 ” for males and 8 – 10 ” for females. Its average weight is 4 – 7 lbs for males and females.
- Energy Levels – This breed has medium levels of energy. They require 60 minutes of physical activity per day on average to ensure they are happy.
- Temperament – The Maltese is an affectionate and playful dog.
- Care – The long straight coat of the Maltese requires daily brushing to ensure it is in optimal condition and free from mats.
3 Golden Retriever
- Trainability – The Golden Retriever is a highly intelligent breed that is easy to train.
- Size – This breed is larger than the other dog breeds so far. Its average height is 22 – 24 inches for males and 20 – 22 inches for females. Its average weight is 65 – 75 lbs for males and 55 – 70 lbs for females.
- Energy Levels – This breed of dog requires frequent mental and physical activity or they will get bored and become destructive. It’s recommended that they get about 60 minutes of physical activity per day.
- Temperament – The Golden Retriever has a loyal and intelligent temperament which makes them well suited to living with a family.
- Care – The medium/long dense coat of the Golden Retriever requires weekly brushing to keep it in tip-top condition.
- Trainability – The Poodle is widely regarded as one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs. Due to this, they are pretty easy to train, providing you are consistent.
- Size – The Poodle comes in 3 different sizes: standard, miniature, and toy which all vary in size. The standard Poodle on average weighs 60 – 7- lbs for males and 40 – 50 lbs for females. Their average height is 15 – 21 inches for males and females.
- Energy Levels – This breed can typically live in any type of home provided they get regular exercise. These are medium to high energy dogs that enjoy being physically and mentally stimulated every day.
- Temperament – The Poodle is loyal, playful and loves to please.
- Care – The medium length curly hair of the Poodle requires daily brushing. This breed is considered high maintenance when it comes to grooming.
5 Shih Tzu
- Trainability – The Shih Tzu’s intelligent nature means that it is relatively easy to train. Similar to the Bichon Frise, it can be more difficult to toilet train. Though again, this is something that can be overcome with consistent training.
- Size – This is another small and sturdy little dog. Its average height is 8 – 11 inches for males and females. Its average weight is 9 – 16 lbs for males and females.
- Energy Levels – The Shih Tzu requires short periods of activity a couple of times a day. They can do well in apartments and houses with small gardens provided they get regular physical and mental stimulation.
- Temperament – A common nickname for the Shih Tzu is “Little lion”. They live up to that nickname with a friendly and playful temperament as they love being the center of attention.
- Care – The long straight coat of the Shih Tzu requires frequent care and attention is they do shed. Daily brushing is recommended for a healthy coat.
|Factor||Bichon Frise||Maltese||Golden Retriever||Poodle||Shih Tzu|
|Size||Small||Small||Large||Small – Medium||Small|
|Energy Levels||Medium, 30 Mins per day||Medium, 60 Mins per day||Medium, 60 Mins per day||High, 60 Mins per day||Medium, 30 Mins per day|
|Temperament||Affectionate, Sociable, Playful||Fun-loving, intelligent||Energetic, intelligent, loyal||Intelligent, playful, loyal||Friendly, playful|
|Care||Weekly Brushing||Daily Brushing||Weekly Brushing,||Daily Brushing||Daily Brushing|
How To Train Your Bichon To Be Good With Kids?
Training of a new puppy begins the moment you bring them home. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to be mindful of how to train your Bichon to be good with kids. Below are some great tips you can follow to achieve this.
1 Start Training Your Bichon From A Puppy
It’s important to start socializing your Bichon from a young age to get them used to other people and animals. Bringing your Bichon to doggy day care is a great way to do this if you don’t have other pets to interact with.
As for interaction with kids, learn what to look out for with your Bichon. Know when your dog is agitated or being annoyed so that you can alleviate any situation that arises.
2 Bring Your Bichon To Obedience Classes
If you’re finding it hard to motivate yourself to keep your training consistent, obedience classes are a great way to go.
As well as motivating you and your dog, you’ll be getting the best training tips from professional dog handlers.
Another benefit of this is that you are socializing your dog in another great way.
3 Be Consistent And Patient With Your Training
This has to be the most challenging part about training a dog but remaining consistent and patience is the key. This can be difficult at times however it is also very rewarding when all your training and hard work pays off.
Don’t worry if you don’t succeed at first with your training, these things don’t happen overnight. But with some time and patience, you will get there.
If you want to learn more about training your dog to interact with children, why not read this great article: How to Train Your Dog to Play Nice With Children and Babies
We’ve covered a lot throughout this article so let’s summarize the main points:
- We answered the question, “Is A Bichon Frise Good With Kids?” – answer yes. However, they should always be supervised around smaller kids and toddlers.
- We talked about the best age for a child to have a dog.
- As well as this, we looked at the top 5 most child-friendly dogs.
- Finally, we covered some tips for training your Bichon to be good with kids.
As you can see, we talked about a lot here. So if you have any questions on any of the content in this article, please leave me a message in the comments below.
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