Bichon Frise

Updated 03 November 2023
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Written by Elle Padgham
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Breed History

It has been suggested that the Bichon Frise breed was originally developed in Italy and were taken with traders via boat to the Canary Islands. French Sailors are then thought to have brought the breed back home with them where they were developed into a lap-dog.


General Appearance

The white and curly coat of the Bichon Frise gives them an elegant look. They can suffer with ‘tear staining’ or brown/orange discolouration under their eye. For most, this is simply a cosmetic issue. Your Bichon can grow up to 30cm tall and weigh up to 5kg.



The Bichon Frise is a happy, friendly breed that is eager to please. Due to their size, they can make excellent apartment dogs but we must ensure they are not left alone for long periods at a time.


Health Considerations

The Bichon Frise breed has an average life expectancy of 12 - 15 years. During their lifespan, you may find that your Bichon is susceptible to allergies. The common ailments associated with the breed are luxating patellas, bladder stones, Portosystemic shunt and Diabetes Mellitus.



Bichon Frise dogs are highly trainable and have even featured in circus acts through the years. They can learn a wide range of tricks and enjoy doing what is asked of them. They are somewhat food motivated and respond to tasty treats given at opportune moments during their training sessions. The Pooch & Mutt Turkey & Hemp Meaty Treats are a great option for those who enjoy rich flavours



Bichon Frise are not known to shed, with that being said they are a fairly high maintenance breed when it comes to grooming. It's important to get your Bichon used to regular grooming from a young age. Aim to brush your Bichon 2 - 3 times a week and bathe them every 2 - 3 weeks. A trim every 3-4 weeks is also recommended. 



The Bichon Frise needs about 40 minutes of exercise each day and can do well in small homes and flats. They enjoy being given a range of things to do and love to play with new toys and puzzles.


Feeding Considerations

As with all breeds, the Bichon Frise requires a premium balanced diet. Due to their susceptibility to allergies, starting your Bichon on a grain-free diet may be useful. Thankfully, all of Pooch & Mutt dry food products sold are grain-free and nutritionally complete. The Chicken & Superfood blend in particular provides your Bichon with everything they need to live a happy, healthy life from puppy through to senior. 

You'll find a handy feeding calculator on every product page here at Pooch & Mutt to help you identify how much of our health led recipes are right for the age, size and weight of your dog. 


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