Bichon Frise Potty Training

How to potty train a bichon frise puppy with the Potty Training Puppy Apartment crate. We have bichon frise house training solutions, so housebreaking bichon frise puppies will be fast and easy. Over 100,000 dogs have been successfully potty trained with our world-famous indoor dog potty, called the Potty Training Puppy Apartment, including bichon frises. The free video below is a short version of our free 15-minute video which is located on our Home Page. The training techniques and tips are being demonstrated by Miniature Pinscher puppies, however, the techniques are exactly the same for a bichon frise puppy or a bichon frise adult dog. If you are seeking bichon frise puppies for sale or adoption, please visit our Breeders page. At the bottom half of this page is specific breed information about the temperament and traits of a bichon frise. If this breed is available in a teacup, toy or miniature size it will be mentioned below.

The striking powder-puff appearance of the bichon derives from its double coat, with a soft dense undercoat and coarser, curly outer coat, causing the coat to stand off the body and even spring back when patted. It is a merry, agile breed, longer than it is tall, with an effortless trot. Its looks, combined with its fitness, enabled it to earn its living as a street performer. Its soft, inquisitive expression enabled it to worm its way into many hearts and laps. Perky, bouncy and playful, the bichon frise's happy-go-lucky outlook endears it to all. It is friendly toward strangers and other dogs and pets, and it is very good with children. It is sensitive, responsive and affectionate, as eager to cuddle as it is to play. It can bark a lot.

Although small, the bichon is an active dog and needs daily exercise. Its needs can be met with a vigorous indoor game or, better, a romp in the yard or a short walk on leash. The white powder-puff coat needs brushing and combing every other day, plus scissoring and trimming every two months. It doesn't shed, but the loose hairs become entangled in the coat and can mat. It may be difficult to keep white in some areas. This is not a dog that should live outdoors.

The bichon frise has its roots in the Mediterranean, originally produced by crossing the barbet (a large water dog) with small, white lap dogs. This cross eventually produced a family of dogs known as barbichons, which was later shortened to bichons. The bichons were divided into four types: the bichon Maltaise, Bolognese, Havanese and Teneriffe. The Teneriffe, which was to later become the bichon frise, developed on the Canary Island of Teneriffe, probably having been taken there by Spanish seafarers in ancient times. In the 14th century, Italian sailors brought specimens back from the island to the Continent, where they quickly became favored pets of the upper class. Following a series of French invasions of Italy in the 1500s, the little dogs were adopted by the French. They were special pets of Francis I and his successor, Henry III. They also enjoyed popularity in Spain, but for some reason, the breed's popularity waned throughout Europe. It did experience a brief resurgence during the reign of Napoleon III in the early 19th century, but once again it quickly faded from favor. This began a new chapter in the bichon's history, as it sank from court favorite to common street dog. The bichon survived, however, because of its propensity for performing tricks, and it teamed with peddlers and organ grinders to entertain passerbys or fair-goers for money. With the advent of World War I, the little dogs were nearly lost. A few dogs were brought back home by soldiers, but no real effort to save the breed was made until a few French breeders began an earnest effort to establish the breed. In 1933, the name officially became bichon a poil frise ("bichon of the curly coat"). The breed was threatened once again, this time by World War II, and it was not until it came to America in the 1950s that its future became more secure. Even then, the bichon frise did not catch on until it received a new hair cut and greater publicity in the 1960s. The breed suddenly caught the attention of fanciers and was recognized by the AKC in 1971.