Grooming a Bichon Frise requires a lot of time and commitment – a neglected coat will make for an unhappy and unhealthy dog. Their hair should be brushed daily to avoid matting and knots. A professional grooming of the Bichon Frise should be carried out every six weeks. Owners can trim their dog’s hair with a scissors a few times a week but should not entirely take on the responsibility of Bichon Frise grooming.
Many owners, who do not wish to show their Bichon Frise, opt for the Puppy Cut. This short and sweet look makes it easier to manage their high-maintenance coat, at the same time as retaining the breed’s famously adorable image. Bichons with a Puppy cut will still need regular bathing – remember to brush out mats before the bath rather than after. If they get wet, the tangle could become a permanent fixture of your dog’s coat and will need to be shaved out
Bichon Frise owners should not attempt to shave their pet during hot weather or to completely avoid having to groom them. This is a mistake as their complex double coat actually cools them down and acts as a protective cover for their sensitive skin.
The Bichon Frise is a good choice of pet for those who suffer from allergies. This hypoallergenic dog’s hair does not shed but, like a person, loose hair will need to be brushed out.
The Bichon Frise requires a minimal exercise commitment from its owners. The dog tends to exercise itself during the day. Their lively and playful attitude means that they are constantly moving, jumping and taking things in. Come evening, the little dog will be worn out and will be content to chill out on the couch beside its master. Of course, the Bichon Frise’s wellbeing will benefit greatly from regular trips out into the open for fresh air, running space and for mental stimulation. A gentle jog or play in the park with the kids now and again will satisfy the exercise requirements of a Bichon Frise.
Due to their small stature, easy-going nature and ability to release energy through play, the Bichon Frise is the perfect choice for apartment dwellers. As well as this, they shed minimally and do not have a typical doggy odour, so are suitable for small spaces.
The most common health problem among the Bichon Frise is a condition called patellar luxation. This is when the knee cap comes out of place – this could lead to lameness and locked knees. The condition will be made worse by too much weight and is just one of the reasons to carefully monitor the Bichon Frise’s diet. When buying a Bichon Frise puppy from a breeder, you should be shown the parents and be told whether either of them displayed this condition.
Other health problems that the Bichon Frise can encounter along the way include ear infections, cataracts, tooth loss and allergies. These are not grave problems and are mostly treatable.