What Were Bichon Frises Bred For? History of the Breed

henriette ronner knip Bichon painting

Do you love having Bichon Frise as your perfect furry friend? Well, who wouldn’t? The Bichon Frise and related breeds are among the best survivors of all the world’s dog breeds. These fantastic pets have seen wars, revolutions, and all manner of historical events–but have survived them all. Bichon Frises were first bred as noble … Read more

Can Bichon Frises Eat Chocolate?

Many owners wonder if their Bichon Frise can eat chocolate. Humans love chocolate–and dogs often beg for it–so is it okay to sneak your Bichon a bit of chocolate every once in a while? I have two Bichons, and I know that they always get interested when I’m eating candy. The answer is no: Bichon … Read more

How to Find a Reputable Bichon Breeder

Me with Lance as a puppy

Buying a Bichon Frise and welcoming them into your family is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. If you’re embarking on the journey of becoming a Bichon owner, you need to make sure you start on the right foot by finding a reputable breeder. A Bichon will be in your life for as … Read more

How Long do Bichon Frises Live?

Our dog Max at 16 years old

If you’re thinking about welcoming a Bichon Frise into your life, you’re probably wondering how long these loving, cheerful little dogs live. The great news is that Bichon Frises are a fairly long-lived breed, so you can plan on enjoying many happy years with your dog. The average Bichon Frise lives to be 15 years … Read more

What Do Bichon Frises’ Coats Look Like?

When people think of a Bichon Frise, they usually think of a white, fluffy dog. That’s accurate and reflects the breed standard for the Bichon. There can be some variation in a Bichon’s coat, though, and that raises interesting questions for owners and breeders. Although the standard is for a Bichon Frise to have a … Read more

Are Bichon Frises Good Watchdogs or Guard Dogs?

If you’re considering getting a Bichon Frise, you might wonder whether Bichon Frises make good guard dogs or watchdogs. They’re small and fluffy, so can they really help improve your security? Because bichons tend to bark when a new person arrives, and their barks sound deeper than their size would suggest, they make surprisingly good … Read more

Do Bichon Frises Bark a Lot?

If you’re considering getting a Bichon Frise, you’re likely wondering whether Bichon Frises bark a lot. Especially if you have neighbors nearby, barking is an important thing to consider when choosing a dog breed. Most Bichon Frises don’t bark a lot, and some Bichons rarely bark at all. Because they are companion dogs, though, Bichons … Read more

Maxwell Celebrates Spring

Here in California, it’s been spring-like for a long time. In fact, it’s very rarely not spring-like. It was spring-like in mid January, when temperatures stayed in a comfortable 65-75 degree range during the day, only dipping below 50 at night. Now, though, it’s actually Spring. And though California’s seasons are a bit looser defined … Read more

July 4th at American Visionary Arts Museum

Yesterday, for July 4th, Amy and I took Jack and Max to Visionary Pets on Parade at the American Visionary Arts Museum. The annual event, which has been taking place for 17 years, provides Baltimoreans with an opportunity to dress their pets up in silly outfits, march them around the block in a brief processional, … Read more

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