Tuesday, April 3, 2012
By: Ed Gonzalez
The Bichon Frise came into existence in the middle ages, in the 13th century. They may have originated somewhere in the Mediterranean or maybe France. These dogs are said to be the mixed breed crossings of spaniels and poodles. They were traded by Spanish sailors and became the favorites of the French Royal Courts during in the 16th century. At that time they were used as circus performers. Now, they are well known as companion and show dogs.
These dogs are small but sturdy They are well trimmed and manifest a round body appearance. Their heads are a bit rounded. They have small muzzles that are not pointed. They have rounded black or brown eyes. Their ears appear to be dropping downwards and are surrounded by their long hair. The teeth of these dogs are enclosed together in scissor-like bites. They have legs that are erect and fairly boned. Claws that don't touch the ground can be taken out. Their tails go over their backs.
They have double layered coats that are quite tender. The outer coats are less refined and rippled, compared to their tender but thick undercoats. Their coat colors are white, gray, cream and yellowish pink. One feature of these dogs is that they have hypoallergenic coats. In show competitions, white colored bichon frises are a favorites. The hair of these dogs must be clipped equally, as they have the same lengths all over their bodies. They can be made to resemble poodles or they can have the long puffed up look, depending on your hair design preference. The surrounding areas of their feet and muzzles must be clipped.
Bichon Frises are also outstanding watchdogs and they can do a lot of tricks for their owners. They are very competitive but they are also obedient. These dogs must be taught how to follow orders and they must know what they can and cannot do.
They must do daily walks with their owners. Owners must act as masters. Their dogs must walk by their sides or their owners must be ahead of them. These dogs must be leashed when they are walking. These dogs must never feel like they are the masters because it can create behavioral problems that will be hard to deal with later on. Owners must be in control and confident when they are with their dogs. Having their dogs go through daily walks will make them loyal dogs.
These dogs will grow nine to 12 inches in height and they will weigh seven to 12 pounds. They can live for as long as 15 years.
They are good dogs for apartment living but owners must see to it that they get enough exercise. They are very mobile when they are indoors. If owners have yards, they will also roam around the yard. Make sure that your fences are well built because these dogs are quite small and they can slip out unnoticed.
These dogs are prone to ear duct problems, skin problems and eye cataracts. Though these dogs do not shed, their coats will need to be brushed every week and they must have their dogs groomed by professional groomers once every five weeks.
As long as these dogs are kept healthy, they will keep you truly entertained.