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Bichon Frise Characteristics
Bichon Frise will have no problem being your happiest and most enthusiastic furry companion. They’re an energetic, playful, and smart breed that is loved by all. With its smiling face and charming attitude, this breed is a perfect introduction to dog ownership for beginner dog parents and apartment dwellers alike.
Often mistaken for Teacup Poodles, the Bichon Frise typically stands at around 9-11 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 7-11 pounds. Often with white, black, or brown coats, Bichons are rumored to have originated in the Mediterranean and to have been taken along on trade routes into other countries. Despite their small stature, they're not classified as a Toy breed by the AKC; instead, they're members of the Non-Sporting Group.
Because they don't shed like other breeds, Bichons often are recommended for people with allergies. You may want to consult a doctor before purchasing one, however, because not everyone reacts the same way to a Bichon's hair. Like other small breeds, Bichon's can be trained easily to perform well at agility, obedience, and other competitions. This breed also excels in therapy work due to its gentle nature and doll-like appearance.
Many people are likely to overprotect their Bichon Frise due to their size and cuddly nature, but this can ultimately make your dog more fearful and spoiled. It’s good to be mindful of dangerous situations that your dog might be in, but allowing your dog to navigate encounters with other dogs, animals, and people without interfering unnecessarily will help instill your dog with confidence.
How dog-friendly is Portland?
A recent SmartAsset study analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Portland is ranked as the 2nd most dog-friendly. The city is ranked so high because it has the highest number of dog parks per resident in the country. It also has the 3rd highest percentage of pet-related businesses and the 7th highest number of dog-friendly restaurants.
A similar study from Wallethub ranked Portland as the 19th most pet-friendly city. In the study, Portland ranked 2nd overall for outdoor pet-friendliness. The city also scored 21st for pet health and wellness.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Portland
Portland is one of the most pet-friendly cities, largely due to how much there is to do outdoors with your pets. The previously mentioned SmartAsset study found the city to have 5.8 dog parks per 100,000 residents, by far the most in the country.
Among these are over 30 off-leash dog parks where your furry friends can roam and play. Some of the most popular dog parks in the city include Hillsdale Park, Council Crest Park, Sellwood Riverfront Park, Luuwit View Dog Park, and Woodstock City Park.
Dog parks aren’t the only way to enjoy the outdoors with your dog in Portland. There are also over ten scenic hiking trails for you to go on a trek with your four-legged friend. Some of the trails worth exploring include Forest Park, Powell Butte Nature Park, Warrior Rock Trail, and Wildwood Trail.
Life in Portland with a dog
With over 400 pet-friendly restaurants, you and your dog will always have plenty of choices when you want to get something to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in Portland are Tin Shed Garden Cafe, Por Que No?, Breakside Brewery, Java Hound Coffee Bar, and Radio Room.
If you have friends or family visiting Rose City, they’ll find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they and their dogs can stay. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in Portland are Ace Hotel Portland, The Mark Spencer Hotel, The Dossier Hotel, and McMenamins Kennedy School.
Popular dog breeds in Portland
Portland is home to many different dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are: Labrador Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Poodles, Bulldogs, Beagles, Rottweilers, German Shorthaired Pointers, and Dachshunds.
No matter which breed you choose to bring into your family, your pup will find many of its peers across the city.
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