Bichon Frise

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Fast Facts

  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Small
  • Trainability Accommodating

Fast Facts

  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Small
  • Trainability Accommodating
  • Overview

  • “Bichon frise” literally translates to “curly lap dog,” which is certainly an accurate description of these little white dogs! Made popular by their use as circus dogs, Bichons love attention and excel in learning and performing tricks. Bichons are lively, cheerful and unconditionally devoted to their owners. They also tend to be more allergy friendly, because they are non-shedding and have hair instead of fur. Bichons are playful and affectionate, are great with children and usually weigh 10-15 lbs. as adults.

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