Bichon Frisé Temperament
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Bichon Frisé Overview
The Bichon Frisé Temperament is known for being cheerful, playful, gentle, affectionate, feisty and sensitive.
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The Bichon Frisé temperament is well suited for people of all ages and interests because these dogs are so outgoing! They love to be around their human companions because they crave so much attention from them. This is one reason why they are known to be one of the top choices for family dogs. This same trait about the Bichon Frisé temperament also makes them great dogs for families with children. They also love to go to different places and can make excellent travel companions for their humans. They would love to go on walks, jogs, runs, swims and even hikes with their humans because this means they get to spend some extra time bonding with you! You should take them to keep their minds active and their bodies in great physical shape.
The American Kennel Club describes Bichon Frisé as a dog that is “a white powder puff of a dog whose merry temperament is evidenced by his plumed tail carried jauntily over the back and his dark-eyed inquisitive expression.” This is absolutely true! It is very easy to think of the Bichon Frisé as a puff ball, especially when they are puppies!
Are Bichon Frisé Good Apartment Dogs?
While the Bichon Frisé temperament is such that they do not need to get much activities per day, they do need a couple of walks to go about their business and some play time with their humans. They will welcome any additional activities you do with them with wide open eyes and a huge smile. Since they have such a low activity requirement, the Bichon Frisé makes a good companion for those who work long hours every single day or for the elderly. They will do just fine perched at the window waiting for their humans to come home or to watch what is going on in the community. Given that they are such friendly canine companions, don’t be surprised if your Bichon Frisé temperament makes the dog the neighborhood gossip queen! The Bichon Frisé temperament is also well suited for those who live in apartments and condos since they are such calm and collected dogs who only need a little bit of activity in their lives.
The Bichon Frisé temperament is also well suited for people who are first time dog owners. They are a small dog breed and get along well with other animals. Their owners also trust them because they do not tend to try to run away; instead, they love being around their owners and will be your little shadow.
Are Bichon Frisés Easy to Train?
The Bichon Frisé temperament is easy to train. They love to please their humans and thus respond to training well. After all, it provides them with yet another opportunity to hang out with their humans. It is not necessary to apply any force with them because they are not a dominant breed. Instead, you should try to give them as many treats and as much positive reinforcement as possible. The Bichon Frisé is such a quick learner that once they have learned their basic training, you can also enroll them in advanced obedience and agility classes. They can be learned advanced tricks at home as well, which will allow them to show off to your friends and your neighbors and make them the talk of your neighborhood.
It might be a little hard to housetrain a Bichon Frisé . if this is the case with your Bichon Frisé, please contact a pet trainer or even ask your breeder to housebreak your dog before handing the Bichon Frisé over to you.
Are Bichon Frisés Good Family Dogs?
Since Bichon Frisés love their humans so much, separation anxiety is a huge issue with them sometimes. If you leave them alone for long periods of time, they will not be missing doing activities, but they will miss you. This is why it is important to give them interactive dogs or perhaps, some food to make them feel loved and to keep them busy while you are gone. You should also make sure that they have had a decent amount of exercise before you leave so that they can relax and even sleep while you’re gone. While Bichon Frisés are experiencing separation anxiety, they might try to chew on your couch or even poop in your shoe to express themselves. While they work for all kinds of people, Bichon Frisés are best suited for people who are not at work for long periods of time.
The Bichon Frisé temperament makes it a good watch dog. They are known to be barkers in the dog community and have a very high-pitched voice. This is why it is important to have them trained to stop when you give them a signal to do so. They do not have an aggressive bark but it is so loud that it might be quite annoying for some people’s taste.
The Bichon Frisé temperament comes with one downfall, the small dog syndrome. This is when their small size makes them feel threatened by other dogs and makes them overreact to make up for their small size! They might display their aggression by growling at bigger dogs, barking at them or biting them (more nipping than biting really!). The small dog syndrome makes it important to train Bichon Frisé dogs through constant socialization with other dogs and humans while they are still in their puppy stage. This will help them feel less threatened.