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Understanding and Training a Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

Friendly & happy, the Bichon Frise is an easy, delightful and entertaining member to the family that thrives in human companionship! Help this little dog enjoy life to their full potential by including them in family games and activities.

This is also a willing breed that loves to learn and is quite responsive, but can be touch sensitive. Therefore, train with gentle reinforcements and avoid sudden & abrupt physical praise.

Similarly, the Bichon Frise is typically not fond of roughhousing and other such tumble games. Choose activities that are more playfully interactive and nurture the breed's more cheerful & curious nature.

The breed is known to be difficult to house train. Consider crate training as both a toilet training tool and as a private, positive & exclusive space for the dog from puppy hood. Set early routines to help reinforce more predictable toileting habits with appropriate & timely rewards.

Breed Profile

Breed Name: Bichon Frise

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 7 - 12 lbs (3 - 6 kg); 23 - 31 cm
  • General Temperament: Friendly, Happy & Active
  • General Description: A cheerful and highly social companion.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience       x  
Good Family Dog   x      
Exercise Required       x  
Activity Indoors   x      
Ease of Training   x      
Sociability with Strangers   x      
Grooming Requirements   x      


Brief History

The Bichon Frise was a favourite amongst the royal courts in Europe, most especially those of the Italian and French. However, in the 1800's the breed fell from favour and earned more popularity as a circus and street (organ grinder) dog. The name itself is derived in part from an ancestor, the Barbichon Water Spaniel. The Frise ("curly, loopy fabric") was added later by the French when they took control of the breed again later in the century. Today the Bichon Frise is a popular companion.


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