Breed Guide: Bichon Frise’

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A bichon friseDr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Bichon Frise’

Height (to base of neck): 9.5-11.5″

Weight: 7-12lbs

Color: White

Origin: Mediterranean

Coat: Double coat with dense soft inner layer and curly fine outer layer.

Life Expectancy: 14-16 years

Energy level: Moderate to high

Exercise needs: Moderate to high

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Is a Bichon Frise’ the Right Dog Breed for You?

Bichons are a true companion dog, bred for their playful and outgoing temperament.  They need close human contact and can be prone to separation anxiety.  They will alarm bark, but are not considered watch dogs.  They are a good family dog and can tolerate city life well.  They have high grooming needs including regular brushing and trimming.  They are low shedders and considered hypoallergenic.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Bichon Frise’

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Ear Infection $174 $794
Lipoma $413 $2,245
Skin Allergies $502 $7,106
Toxicity – Chocolate $557 $2,371
Cystitis $413 $3,435


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