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Meet the breed: Bichon Frise

Virginia Chavez-Nelson is an avid contributor of words for the greater good (see: writer) and a fun-loving Phoenician by way of Argentina. With a degree in Journalism from Arizona State University, Virginia has more than 10 years of expe...

Bichon Frise

With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, choosing your pet can seem overwhelming. We're here to help you meet the breed that's right for you. If you're looking for a four-legged friend that's low on dander and easy on your allergies, find out everything you need to know about the playful Bichon Frise.


  • Loving temperament
  • Attention driven
  • High-maintenance
  • Long lifespan
  • Great with kids


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The playful, spunky and sweet Bichon Frise was bred to be the star of the show. This former circus dog still loves a spot in the limelight and with its adorable sparkling eyes and cotton-ball exterior, it's tough to ignore the adorable Bichon Frise. This breed loves to be hugged, loved and cuddled by everyone and anyone, making them excellent pets for families with young children.

Breed standards

  • AKC group: Non-sporting
  • UKC group: Companion Dog
  • Average lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Average size: 10-16 pounds
  • Coat appearance: Thick, curly, dense
  • Coloration: White
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Other identifiers: Small and compact body, sparkling dark eyes
  • Possible alterations: May have a tan or gray coat coloring near the ears.

Is this breed right for you?

This breed needs infinite amounts of love and attention in order to thrive. Bichon Frises live for companionship and if you travel often or work extensive hours, this breed may not be the right choice for you. Families with time to frolic and play are best suited for this attention-loving breed. This breed's all white, non-shedding coat is ideal for cleanly families and those sensitive to allergies. Due to its elaborately coarse coat, owners must be prepared to handle regular brushing and cleaning to maintain a healthy appearance.

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A dream day in the life of a Bichon Frise

Being the star of any household makes this pup smile. A day spent making you laugh makes a perfect day for any Bichon Frise. This breed knows no strangers — a day at the park making new friends would also make this friendly pup happy. After an afternoon of stealing the spotlight, a long grooming session to maintain that fluffy coat is a must. Finish up the day with hugs, kisses and cuddles and you’ll have the happiest Bichon Frise on the block.

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