Bichon Frise often depicted as a French dog because of their name but they became most popular in Spain. These adorable white puffy cloudlike fluffballs make great household pets and are wonderful companions. They are playful, loving, intelligent, easy to train and have a long-life expectancy.
Bichons have what is considered a hypoallergenic coat which means they are a great dog for people who have allergies. Bichons are small, a perfect dog for apartment or city living. Bichons are sweet, not aggressive and they get along with other pets, children, and most everything.
Their eagerness to please their humans makes the Bichon Frise very trainable dogs but they can also be hard to housebreak. They are good watchdogs because they are known to bark but they are not aggressive. They have moderate energy levels and are most happy if walked and exercised each day.
These adorable fluff balls can be fast and hard to catch so playtimes in a fenced in area is suggested to keep them safe.
Bichons are happiest when with their humans, they love to play but will also be happy to snuggle up on the couch.
They do best when they are with their family. They do not like being left alone for long periods of time and may get destructive if left alone for too long.
Bichon Frise’s need regular cleaning of their teeth and ears. They also require regular grooming. Brushing their coats twice a week is recommended otherwise their coats can get heavily matted. Bichons will need to be bathed and cut about once a month.
While Bichon Frise’s make great family pets, it’s their popularity and high prices that make them an attractive business model for unscrupulous dog breeders. They are sold online by USDA commercial dog breeders, online puppy broker websites, and backyard breeders otherwise known as puppy mills.
It is for this reason that our Puppy Mill Watchdog monitors and reports on Bichon Frise breeders and other online puppy sellers as well as puppy broker websites.
Read the story of four rescued breeding dogs.
Please do your research before you buy an Bichon Frise puppy — If you can’t meet the mother dog and see where she and all of the breeders dogs live, find a new breeder. Video chats, videos and photos do not take the place of seeing in person.
About the Breed: Bichon Frise
These fluffballs range in size from 9.5 to 11.5 inches tall and can be 12-18 pounds.
Age Expectancy: 14-15 years.
Temperament: Playful, cheerful, loving intelligent.
Coat: Corkscrew curls, double coat.
Color: White, white and apricot, white and cream, white and buff.
Grooming: Should be brushed daily and professionally cut and groomed once a month.
Training: Bichons are smart and easy to train. It is suggested to start positive training your Bichon Frise at an early age.
Vet Care: Regular vet care is essential for the health and well-being of your Bichon Frise.
Types of Bichon Frise
FAQ’s About Buying Bichon Frise Puppies Online
When buying a Bichon Frise puppy, you want to make sure it was born in a loving clean environment. The puppy should have an overall healthy look to him. Make sure his eyes are bright, he is clean and happy. Look at his body language make sure his tail is up and wagging. Is his posture good? Does he hold his head up, is he curious? Does he run up to you or is he afraid to approach you?
Buying a puppy from a picture is risky, always meet your new puppy in person before you buy him. These are all clues to his overall health and mental state. You want a happy well adjusted puppy and unless you meet them in person, you have no way of knowing.
There are many risks to buying a Bichon Frise puppy online. Just because two purebred dogs are crossed does not mean they best traits of both parents are seen in the offspring. Since your Bichon will live for 14-15 years it is important to see firsthand where it was born. Make sure your breeder is not a puppy mill. Never have the puppy shipped to you.
Always pick your Bichon puppy up in person, meet the mother dog, see her mental and physical condition. She should be clean, happy and well adjusted. If the breeder won’t let you meet the mother and see where she lives we recommend finding another breeder. No excuses. Reputable breeders have nothing to hide. Video chats, videos and photos do not take the place of seeing in person.
It is not safe to buy any puppy online. It is not safe to have a Bichon Frise puppy shipped to you by plane, delivered by nanny and never meet the breeder halfway or in a parking lot. If you are not able to pick up the puppy in person, meet the mother dog and where she and all of the breeder’s dogs live, you might be supporting a puppy mill.
Over 1 million puppy mill puppies are sold online each year and it is in your best interest to make sure your new puppy is not coming from one of these bad breeders. It is in your best interest to get a healthy, happy well bred puppy and to not support cruelty of any kind.
It takes time to find a new puppy and that is ok. The pup will be a part of your family for 14 plus years so it’s important to find a healthy well-bred puppy. It’s ok to do your research online but never take a breeder’s word for it. Since Bichons are purebreds, go to The Bichon Frise Club of America to find a breeder that is a member of their clubs. These breeders breed by a code of ethics. They breed to improve the breed..
Always meet the mother dog, see her mental and physical condition and where she lives before you buy a puppy. See where and how she and all the breeding dogs live. Photos videos and video chats do not take the place of seeing in person.
If they have excuses why you can’t come…walk away!
A puppy mill is any dog breeder who puts profit over the health and well-being of the breeding dogs and puppies produced. These bad breeders come is all sizes, Some could have ten to twenty dogs, while larger breeders could have hundreds of breeding dogs. Puppy mills are legal too!
The cruelty is tremendous. Puppy mills keep the mother and father dogs pregnant and sell the puppies. The breeding dogs never leave, they are forced to breed twice a year or at every heat cycle and they are usually kept in wire cages, many times stacked in dark pole barns. Yes, this is legal and how most USDA dog breeders keep their breeding dogs.
The breeding dogs are not groomed, they are not given opportunity to exercise nor do they know the touch of a loving hand. They are not given veterinary care and most are living and breeding with painful health and mental conditions. Imagine living with urinary tract infections, ear infections, rotten teeth, infected eyes, tumors, infected mammary glands and sore feet from standing on wire cage floors — that never get addressed.
It is important to know that any breeder can be a puppy mill. It’s hard to imagine the breeder you are talking or texting with could be a puppy mill. If the breeder has excuses why they won’t let you come to see where and how the breeding dogs live, if you are not able to meet the mother dog in person, we suggest you find another breeder. Video chats, videos and photos do not take the place of seeing in person.