A Bichon Frise (French, meaning curly white lap dog), is a small breed of dog of the Bichon type. They are popular pets, similar in appearance to, but larger than, the Maltese.
The AKC refers to the Bichon Frise as merry and cheerful, and the breed standard calls for a dog that is gentle mannered, sensitive, playful and affectionate. The Bichon Frise loves human company and demands much of your attention. They are generally very sociable and does well with a family that takes them everywhere. They are charming, affectionate, and intelligent. They do well with children because they are playful and have lots of energy.
Bred to be companion dogs, the Bichon Frise tends to get along well with both children and other animals.
A popular characteristic of the Bichon Frise is the Bichon Buzz, also commonly referred to as the Bichon Blitz. These terms describe the sudden bursts of energy that a Bichon Frise will sometimes exhibit. Once in buzz mode, the Bichon will start running frantically at full speed throughout your home or yard. This is almost always accompanied by constant growling and barking. The buzz can last anywhere from 30 seconds up to 5 minutes. The buzz or blitz sudden bursts of energy are usually not predictable and can happen at any moment throughout the day. In addition, the Bichon Frise's path is unknown, as he will go from one room to the next, jumping on and off couches, beds or chairs. Once the Bichon has spent his energy, he will lie down and collapse from exhaustion.
Bichon Frises are very obedient if training is started early and continued consistently.
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