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The Bichon Frise is a dog that is characterized by a white and woolly hair, like a sheep, that needs great care. It is also very easy to train, and for centuries was used not only as a companion dog in the nobility, but also in circuses because of how easy their training is.
The Bichon Frise originated somewhere in the Mediterranean, probably from France or Spain. It was taken to the Canary Islands, and therefore also often called “Bichon Tenerife”. Surely they are descendants of the Bichon Maltese, one of the oldest breeds in history, which tells us that, like their ancestors, it is a demanding and capricious lapdog.
This dog makes an excellent companion. The Bichon Frise requires constant supervision of its hair (in fact, it usually requires professional assistance, and a weekly bath), but it is very smart, loving and vivacious, and gets along well with children and old people. In fact, it is a very suitable dog for therapy centers, for example.
This dog can’t be alone too long, because it misses its owner and can take it out on the furniture in the house. On the other hand, it is a good hunter of rodents and other unwanted animals, so if there are problems with this type of parasites it is a good idea to teach our faithful friend to hunt them. Of course, we may find ourselves constantly with a “gift”.
It may not need a lot of exercise, but the Bichon Frise must have its daily walk, like any other dog, and although an apartment is enough for it, the dog would rather spend time outdoors. A balanced meal and appropriate for its weight and size, and a routine with which it feels comfortable, and a firm training that tells the dog what the limits are necessary things for the happiness of our dog.
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