A non-sporting breed, the Bichon Frise is known for its affectionate personality and fluffy, cotton-ball-like curls. This breed enjoys basking in the presence of people and isn’t afraid to socialise with other dogs and humans.
Read on to learn more about a Bichon’s temperament, how to care for one and the cost of owning this dog below!
*Disclaimer: This article should not be used in place of professional advice from vets – it’s only meant for general knowledge. You’re recommended to consult a vet for a reliable and accurate diagnosis of your pet’s medical condition.
Key Physical Traits of a Bichon Frise
|Weight||5.4 - 8.2kg|
|Height||24.1 - 29.2cm|
|Life expectancy||14 - 15 years|
|Fur coat||Double-coated |
|Common coat colours|
Common Personality Traits of a Bichon FrisePlayful
Bichons are playful in nature and have high levels of energy to expend. In addition, they’re highly intelligent dogs capable of performing tricks and circus acts.Friendly
The Bichon Frise relishes being the centre of attention and is great around children and other dogs. Due to the breed’s people-pleasing nature, they’re also often friendly to strangers.Affectionate
Dubbed as one of the best therapy and lap dogs, the Bichon Frise isn’t afraid to show its affection. It also enjoys basking in the presence of its human companions.
Caring for a Bichon Frise in Singapore
While Bichons make for great companions, it’s important to ensure that you’re able to provide for their needs. Learn about their grooming and exercise needs below!
Residing in a HDB Flat
As Bichons are small in size and often quiet in nature, they’re great for apartment dwellers. In fact, they’re one of the breeds approved for HDB flats!
These dogs are highly adaptable and can live well in smaller spaces. However, they still require daily walks to stay happy and healthy.
Grooming a Bichon Frise
Bichons are known to be a hypoallergenic breed as they shed minimally. However, they require regular brushing to prevent matting.
You can bring them to a professional groomer every 4 to 6 weeks or do it yourself at home! This table shows the frequency of each grooming activity:
|Grooming activity||Frequency||Reason (if any)|
|Brushing||Daily||Shed hair often gets caught in a Bichon’s undercoat. Brushing his coat can, therefore, help to prevent matting.|
|Face cleaning||Daily||Due to their white coat, Bichons are likely to develop tear stains. Hence, daily cleaning of their faces and flushing of eyes is recommended.|
|Teeth brushing||Daily or at least 2 to 3 times every week||Bichons are prone to dental and gum problems. Thus, it’s ideal to brush their teeth daily.|
|Bathing||Once every 2 to 3 weeks|
|Nail clipping||At least once a month|
Exercise Needs of a Bichon Frise
Recommended duration: 30 minutes of outdoor exercise per day
Did you know that apart from helping to manage your Bichon’s weight, daily exercise is helpful for your pet’s sleep and digestion? In fact, it can also strengthen his body and keep his joints flexible!
There are 2 main types of activities that you can do with your Bichon:
• Daily walks
Taking your furiend on daily walks of about 30 minutes around the neighbourhood or park can allow him to release pent-up energy. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with your pet!
If your Bichon is suffering from joint problems, you can take him to a dog swimming pool for a low-impact exercise option!
• Playing with toys
Many cases of behavioural problems in canines result from boredom. Hence, it’s important to keep your pet’s mind active by playing with him and providing mental stimulation through toys such as chew toys and puzzle games.
Diet of a Bichon Frise
Recommended calorie intake: 404 to 663 calories per day
Bichons are relatively active dogs. Ensuring that your pet gets the right amount of nutrients each day is key to keeping him energetic and healthy. Depending on his age, weight and activity level, the number of calories he needs may differ.
On average, an adult Bichon will require 404 to 663 calories daily. While adults can be fed twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening), it’s recommended to feed Bichon puppies thrice a day.
You can speak to a vet if you’re unsure about your dog’s diet or want some recommendations on his meals.
How to Train a Bichon Frise
While the Bichon Frise can be challenging to housebreak, they generally enjoy learning new tricks. Here are some tips on how to train your canine friend:Choose a quiet place for training
Bichon puppies tend to have a short attention span. As such, they can easily become distracted.
To tackle this, it may be a good idea to choose a quiet place with few distractions. This will allow your furiend to focus better!Repeat and master
Consistent repetition has been found to be useful in training many dogs. Thus, when training your Bichon Frise, it’s important to repeat the command until he gets it right before moving on to the next one.Reward your pet with a treat
As with most, if not all dogs, Bichons respond positively to rewards rather than harsh methods. So whenever your furiend masters a new command or does something right, try giving him a delicious treat!
You may even want to make this treat special so he knows it’s specifically for training 😉
How to Socialise a Bichon Frise
Bichons can be friendly and affectionate dogs if socialised well as puppies. Here are some ways you can go about it:Expose your pet to new sights, sounds and people
Allowing your furiend to be exposed to as many people, sounds and items as possible is helpful in his socialisation. You can start by letting him explore the house and interact with various members of the family.Expose your pet to new places
Once he has become accustomed to the different sights and sounds around the house, try bringing him to explore the neighbourhood or a friend’s house. You can also take him to a dog park once his vaccinations are complete.Take it slow
As it can be overwhelming for your furiend at the start, it’s important to allow him to take in these new experiences at his own pace. If too much is done too quickly, a negative response can be triggered and your pet may become fearful.
Common Health Conditions Found in a Bichon Frise
Bichons are prone to certain health conditions such as hyperadrenocorticism and patella luxation. They may also suffer from other conditions such as canine hip dysplasia (CHD).
Note: This list is non-exhaustive and Bichons may face other health conditions aside from those listed.
Hyperadrenocorticism, otherwise known as Cushing’s disease, is a condition that occurs when excessive amounts of stress hormones are released by the adrenal gland.
This disease typically affects middle-aged and senior dogs, and can result in high blood pressure and kidney disease among other conditions.Symptoms
- Increased appetite and water consumption
- Urinating more frequently
- Recurring infections (skin and bladder)
- Bloated abdomen
- Thin skin
- Poor skin healing
- Skin mineralisation (firm and irregular plaques on skin)
Patella luxation is a common condition that occurs when the kneecap shifts out of position. It can also be known as a dislocated kneecap.Symptoms
- Inability to bend the knee
- Weakness in legs
- Bow legged stance in the hind limbs
- Reluctance to exercise, run or jump
- Weight loss
- Exercise restriction
Canine Hip Dysplasia
CHD is a painful condition whereby the ball and socket of a joint fail to fit together properly. They rub against one another, causing deterioration over time.
This condition can be hereditary or a result of factors such as weight, nutrition and exercise.Symptoms
- Drop in activity levels
- Lameness in the hind legs
- Reduced range of motion
- Decrease in thigh muscle mass
- Grating of the joints
- Reluctance to exercise, run or jump
- Weight loss
- Exercise restriction
- Physical therapy
Price of Owning a Bichon Frise in Singapore
Buying a Bichon Frise in Singapore can cost up to $12,800 while adopting one can cost anywhere from $0 to $400.
To own a dog in Singapore, the first step is to apply for a license with the Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS). The cost varies depending on the type of license and the sterilisation status of your dog.
|1-year license||2-year license||3-year license||Lifetime license|
|Cost of license for sterilised dogs||$15 per dog||$25 per dog||N.A||$35|
|Cost of license for non-sterilised dogs||$90 per dog||$165 per dog||$230 per dog||N.A|
Sterilising your furiend can help to protect him from certain health conditions and diseases. The cost of this procedure will depend on your dog’s gender and the clinic you’re visiting. In general, the price ranges from $100 – $350.
Microchipping can be helpful in locating your dog in the event that he goes missing. The price of this procedure ranges from $50 – $90.
Some common costs that you may incur on a regular basis include:
- Food: Up to $120 per month
- Medical and dental: ~$50 per month
- Vaccinations: $30 – $60 per vaccine
- Grooming: ~$50 per session
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Frequently Asked Questions About Owning a Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is generally quiet by nature. This breed doesn’t bark often, though there are certain exceptions. For example, your dog may bark to get your attention or when he's being left alone for some time.
The Bichon Frise is an affectionate creature that enjoys companionship and attention. As such, it's not recommended to leave your furiend alone for extended periods of time.
If left alone for long hours, your dog may display destructive behaviour.
The main differences between a Bichon Frise and a Poodle include their size, colour and ease of training.
- Size: The Poodle comes in 3 different sizes – toy, miniature and standard. The size and weight of a Bichon are typically more similar to that of a miniature poodle.
- Colour: While the Bichon Frise is generally white with some variation in colour, the Poodle comes in a wide range of colours from white to black, cream and even brown.
- Ease of training: The Poodle is an intelligent breed that is often easier to train as compared to the Bichon Frise.