In general Bichon Frises are considered to be a
pretty healthy breed.They are an excellent choice as
a family pet and for show alike. And like any
specific breed there are certain things to keep in
mind when caring for your pet. (see
With proper care your Bishon Frise
can enjoy a life expectancy of 15 years or more.
Bichon Frises can live comfortably in apartments
if they get enough exercise. They’ very energetic
and active so playtime can take care of most
exercise needs. But they love walks and running out
in the open too.
Establish a relationship between your
veterinarian and your Bichon Frise. You want to find
out what vaccinations and heartworm preventive
medications your dog needs. Bichon Frise and a It’s
important to keep the face of your Bichon Frise
clean and neatly trimmed. Eye discharge and mucus
can easily accumulate in the hair in front of their
eyes and lead to serious problems. Wipe away the
tears in the eye area daily and consider using
topical wipes or a saline solution.
Since your Bichon Frise has that lovely curly
hair it’s important to wipe your dog's hind (anal)
area with a damp cloth after each poop to keep it
clean and prevent matting.
All Bichon Frises should be combed or brushed
daily or at least 2-3 times a week and all tangles
should be removed before shampooing.
Bichon Frises are very sensitive to fleas so be
sure to keep up with preventive treatments. To
discourage mites regularly trim excess hair from in
between their pads on their feet and in between
Dental hygiene is important since Bichon Frises
can suffer early tooth loss and are prone to gum
infections without regular dental care. Daily or
frequent brushing and avoidance of canned foods is
recommended with a regularly scheduled professional
cleaning with your dog’s vet.
Since the Bichon Frise is prone to bladder stones
and infections be sure to give your pet plenty of
clean, fresh water. Filtered water is desirable.
Provide your Bichon Frise with a good nutritional
diet. (see diet)
If you notice any problems with your Bichon Frise’s
knees be sure to discourage excessive climbing
(stairs) or jumping off furniture to prevent further
stress. Be sure to have your dog checked if you see
limping or favoring of one leg over another.
Watch for signs of anything out of the ordinary
or problems with your dog’s health and contact your
veterinarian immediately when you notice anything
Since the Bichon Frise is graced with good health
and a wonderful temperament they make an excellent
choice for a pet. With plenty of love, a safe
environment and proper care you can go a long way to
ensure your Bichon a full, healthy and happy life.