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« on: November 07, 2005, 01:58:15 PM »

This is indeed a great & concise summary thumbup - from history to breed standard to grooming care to training - about THE BICHON FRISE BREED.
It's the first I've ever come across that lists a Bichon's average weight.


Copied from [Dog Owner's Guide Profile: The Bichon Fris? (www.canismajor.com/dog/bichon.html)], copyright 2005 by Canis Major Publications. It says we may print or download this material for non-commercial personal or school educational use.


Introduction

The little white dogs danced on hind legs, paws waving in the air, black button eyes gleaming with intelligence and a touch of mischief. They yapped their pleasure at the attention of a visitor, attention they take as a divine right, for they are Bichon Fris?, the consummate companion dogs.

Born in the Mediterranean in the days of ancient exploration and the opening of trade routes between east and west, the Bichon is a healthy breed, hardier than his powder-puff appearance suggests to the casual observer. His beginnings are a bit obscure, but it is known that the Phoenicians and other ancient traders carried small white dogs on their journeys long before the time of Christ. These dogs may have been related to the larger Barbet, a water spaniel. They took up residence on various islands and on the European mainland and eventually became the five Bichon breeds of today: the Coton de Tulear, Bolognese, Havanese, Maltese, and Bichon Fris?. Only the Maltese and Bichon Fris? are recognized by the American Kennel Club.

The Bichon Fris? began life as the Tenerife Terrier on Tenerife Island in the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean northwest of the African coast. Eventually, as trade routes expanded and countries changed hands, the Tenerife Terrier traveled to the Continent and evolved into the Bichon Fris? of today.


Bichon Mind and Body

The Bichon Fris? stands tall at 9.5-11.5 inches at the withers and weighs seven-to-12 pounds. His compact body is medium-boned and is slightly longer than tall. His sassy expression is enhanced by halos of dark skin around black eyes and by black eye rims and nose leather.

Bichon ears droop and are covered with long flowing hair trimmed to balanced a bearded muzzle and a slightly rounded head. The neck is arched, giving the dog a confident stance.

The lowest point of the Bichon chest reaches the elbow or below and flows smoothly along the ribs and abdomen to a moderate tuck-up in front of the hind legs. The back is firm, the body well-muscled for effortless movement. The tail is well-plumed and curves gracefully over the back.

Bichons are always white, but puppies can have shadings of buff, cream, or apricot around ears and on the body. Colors on adult dogs are heavily penalized in the show ring.

The Bichon coat is unique. The undercoat is soft and dense, the guard hairs coarser and curlier. When trimmed, the coat follows the lines of the body and is left long enough to give the breed's characteristic poufy appearance, with hair left longer on head, ears, beard, and tail. The coat should not be wiry, limp, or over-soft.

Gentle, perky, playful, and affectionate, the Bichon is a delightful family companion, well-suited for apartment living or for families with older children. Some Bichons dislike sudden touching, which makes them unsuitable for families with small children. Prospective buyers should keep in mind that this breed needs to be with people; families that spend most of the time away from home should select another breed.

The Bichon gets along well with other animals; he is bright, and outgoing and loves to learn tricks. He's not a guard, but h does bark when strangers approach.



Bichon Care

Anyone considering a Bichon should carefully weigh the amount of time available for grooming, for the coat needs lots of attention. Bichon undercoat does not drop when the hair dies, so it must be combed from the coat to avoid hot spots and prevent mats and tangles. Even if the dog is to be professionally groomed every month, owners must be prepared to brush the pet at least twice each week. Puppies must be accustomed to brushing at an early age, a process that requires much patience and gentle handling.

Bichon surroundings should be kept as clean as possible to keep dirt and chaff out of the coat and prevent flea infestations. The breed is susceptible to skin irritations; careful coat care can keep skin healthy and problems to a minimum.

White dogs stay white by frequent bathing. The coat must be completely free of snarls before bathing or the hair will compress into felt-like mats.

Other than coat care, the Bichon is a relatively easy keeper. The breed is subject to some allergies that cause skin problems, bladder stones, ear infections, and a neurological problem that has been associated with vaccination protocols.

Bladder stones are linked to excessive protein, magnesium, and phosphorus in the diet and with long confinement that forces the dog to hold his urine. Symptoms of bladder stones include frequent urination, bloody urine, straining to urinate, and loss of appetite.

Ear infections occur in many breeds that have drop ears that do not allow air circulation. Thus it is important to keep Bichon ears clean and free of inside hair. The groomer can pluck the hair; the veterinarian may recommend periodic cleaning with a special ear wash.

The problem with vaccinations occurs when inoculation for parvo virus is given in combination with vaccines for distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, and parainfluenza (DHLP). Many breeders recommend that parvo vaccinations be given two weeks after the DHLP shots.



Bichon Training

The Bichon is a wonderfully trainable breed. He enjoys obedience, tricks, therapy work, and agility. Training must be gentle and firm, with no harsh corrections or scolding. Buckle collars, leather training collars, or reversed pinch collars are acceptable for training, but chain or nylon chokers will get tangled in the hair. Treat training works well, although an owner could easily fall into the habit of treating a Bichon into obesity when the little dog learns the variety of tricks he is capable of. Roughhousing is definitely out with this guy, and play-training is in.

The Bichon is highly sociable but can become frantic if not appropriately trained as a puppy and young adult. He's fairly active indoors, so owners must teach some manners for control. However, he will seldom need more than a couple of class sessions unless the owner gets bitten by the competition bug.

His gentle nature is perfect for therapy work in nursing homes and children's hospitals, a calling that can be rewarding to the owner, the dog, and the patient.

The Bichon Fris? Club of America recommends against buying this breed from a pet shop. ?You may be captivated by a puppy in a pet shop,? according to the club brochure, ?and although it has all the proper papers and its parents are purebred Bichons, you will never be able to evaluate the puppy's parents nor do you know anything about the puppy's upbringing.?


::by Norma Bennett Woolf::[/color]


I hope anyone who's thinking of acquiring a Bichon or have just bought a Bichon puppy, as well as long-time owners will find this information useful flowers
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2005, 02:07:54 PM »

Good information.  I do believe that the AKC (american kennel club) has the same info.  The only thing missing is how much you fall in love with this breed!!
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2005, 06:02:20 PM »

I enjoyed the article. Very informative with lots of different topics.? clapping Thanks for sharing Julie. Oops boo on me. Thank you Del........  shhh
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2005, 07:03:35 PM »

Great article Del! ? clapping
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2005, 01:54:50 AM »

 thumbup thumbup Thanks for sharing Del!!! I'm still learning about the breed and the more information the better!!  Clap clapping

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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2005, 05:08:17 PM »

 shocking2 shocking2 shocking2 Seven to twelve pounds??? Oh no!!! Jessie and Sammy are 17.6 lbs. each.
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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2005, 09:50:17 PM »

shocking2 shocking2 shocking2 Seven to twelve pounds??? Oh no!!! Jessie and Sammy are 17.6 lbs. each.

Max is 18 lbs!  blink
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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2005, 11:46:53 PM »

The only thing missing is how much you fall in love with this breed!!
Soooooo true Julie clapping!!!!


I was wondering if anyone would 'pick up' on the weight bit tongue1.? Because, the breed standards (all of them, AKC, CKC, KC, SKC, FCI) do not state (ideal) weight.? Which stands to reason.... afterall, weight is not entirely hereditary but a confluence of diet (how much/little) and exercise (or lack thereof).

Save for Bichon puppies, I really don't think many Bichon adults (ie. a year old or more) weigh in at less than 10lbs Oh My.? None that I've met anyway.? So the lower range of canismajor's seven-to-12 pounds weight guide is suspect, imho blush


Again, imho blush, a Bichon's ideal weight (in his/her owner's eyes) is dependent on the Bichon's frame (built if you will), which in turn is hereditary in part.? Bigger-boned, taller breeding stock would produce bigger/taller puppies... and likewise mating runts of the litter (especially over several generations) will produce smaller puppies.

If your Bichon is taller & longer than the Bichon next to him/her, then in all likelihood your Bichon will be heavier.? What matters is, he/she is not overweight.? His/her weight, regardless 12lbs, 17lbs, etc, should be something your Bichon's frame can "handle"/hold.? If your Bichon is overweight (eg. ribs can hardly be felt), then he/she, or rather his/her joints (and consequently his/her quality of life) will suffer sad.

Ruth & Susan, I hope this allays your concerns somewhat flowers.

Read this old thread"ADULT SIZES" where another member had asked about weight.
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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2005, 12:58:36 AM »

Good article,? Del!

We were told by the breeder that Abigail will weigh in at 10 lbs as an adult , according to her parents weight & size.  (they are both rather small)? A friends' Bichon (male) weighed 16 lbs. and was not in any way obese for his size!? So it? shows that although these are good guidlines
 for the Bichon,? ?I agree, they are not 'cast in concrete' as they say!? :original
 I've seen pics of Max, and Sam & Jessie, and they certainly do not look overweight to me, just depends on frame, heredity etc. as Del mentioned.
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2006, 09:37:56 PM »

We had our bichon Annie for 11 of her 13 years and she never weighed over 9 lbs.  In fact her average weight was 7 pounds.  While I always thought of her as a runt, her build was perfect in every way. We lost her a year and a half ago.  We searched for a new bichon which would be close to Annie's size, but had difficulty finding one.  So we are adopting a new bichon who will be a little bigger than Annie but at only 1 month old now, it is hard to say how big she will be.  Her Mom and Dad are a little larger than Annie ever was. 
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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2006, 03:50:02 AM »

bye lldrabek, thank you for contributing to this thread.

I'm Sorry! to hear about Annie's passing Crying.? I know she must have been very special to you!? At 7~9lbs, she really was a 'lightweight' original.? My Bianca weighs between 11 and 12lbs, and I'm always thankful she isn't any heavier, because I bring her everywhere with me!? So I can imagine what a perfect little bundle Annie must have been... so easy to carry original.? As with any breed, there're always variations.? I think there's only just one other member here whose Bichon weighed under 10lbs original.

Congratulations on your getting a new Bichon pup soon clapping.? Won't you introduce yourself and tell us more about your new Bichon Pacifier baby in the INTRODUCTION section.? That way, all our members can warmly welcome you original.
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« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2006, 12:31:42 PM »

Ollie's papa weighed 18 lbs, so that is what I am expecting from him.  Last week at the vet he weighed 14.5 (at 8 months).  Judging from his height I would think another 4 lbs is about right at full adult weight. 

Great article, BTW.
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« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2006, 12:14:25 AM »

They yapped their pleasure at the attention of a visitor, attention they take as a divine right,

I take Sophie out with me whenever possible, right after I picked her up from the breeder, I carried her with me to my daughter's cheerleading practice.
She is extremely sociable. If anyone dares to walk by us without acknowledging her, she gets so down. I am so amazed at how much Sophie loves
people! She is the friendliest dog I've ever owned. My friends cannot believe how happy and loving she is.
Thanks for this article, how true it is.
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« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2007, 11:02:11 AM »

Haaay wheres this seven to twelve pound come from? That has to be a ooooold standard. Doc says a average Bichon is 15 to 20 so there must be referring to a few little ones if your lucky to find one. what does everyone else think? Small , average , and I love my dinner  Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
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« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2007, 02:03:55 PM »

I thought when I got Naughty Harley, that I'd be able to walk all over the place while holding him.  HA!  What a surprise was in store for me!  My little porker weighs 18 lbs  fluff  so needless to say, he doesn't get the luxury of being held while walking for very long!  Flex
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