About the Bichon Frise
A cheerful attitude is the hallmark of the breed.
Although the Bichon seems to be the perfect pet - they do not shed, have little dander, and are extremely friendly, loving, and faithful; there are a few drawbacks to the breed.
Considered a "high maintenance breed", their coats need constant care; they often require daily brushing, their teeth need to be maintained as well, and they should be groomed professionally every 4 to 6 weeks.
Bichons are slow to mature. Because of this they are sometimes difficult to housebreak - but there are resources to assist with this. Unfortunately, this is the number one reason why Bichons go into rescue.
Bichons are very social and always there. If you are looking for a pet to toss a bone and watch it go quietly into a corner, you don't want a Bichon. It's more likely to sit on your head or shoulders!
Bichons need a great deal of love and attention, they are a very active part of the family. They do not do well being alone for a major part of the day and can develop separation anxiety when left alone too long.
History of the Bichon
The Bichon Frise evolved from a clan of little white dogs known as Barbichon types. They are believed to have come from Tenerife, the largest Canary Island. Bichons could be found with European nobles. After the French revolution, the Bichon lost it’s popularity and became street entertainers. The World Wars also had an impact on the breed, but they survived.
Bichons now are a very popular breed and won two Best in Show at Westminister.
House Training a Rescue Dog
Consider these things while house training a rescue. This may be the 2nd or 3rd home they’ve been in. The cues they gave in other homes may not work in your home. Above all they are nervous and scared and don’t want to disappoint you. In other homes they may have been hit if they made a mistake.
Take your Bichon out several times a day especially after eating. Bring treats with you. Watch your Bichon for signals like twirling, whining or hiding. Clean up any accidents with enzymatic neutralizers.
Overall, be patient!
Bichons can live a long life - many do live 15+ years. When you open your heart and home to an older Bichon, they show their appreciation for the rest of their life!
Bichons who have been uprooted from their homes are likely to bond deeply with their new family. Bichons who find themselves homeless because of a death or other event in their former family usually go through a mourning period. Once they adjust, they usually want nothing more than to please their new owner --YOU!
Adopting a senior means that you are truly saving a life!