Cute as a button and ideal for allergy sufferers, the adorable Bichon Frise is the perfect fit for some dog lovers. By Michelle Segal.
Personality: A gorgeous dog, hard to resist picking up and cuddling, the Bichon Frise is intelligent and great fun to have around. It bonds closely with its family and is especially loyal.
Suitability: This little pooch is ideal for families, singles and elderly people as long as they do not have time-consuming careers and have time to spend with their dog. The Bichon gets extremely attached to its owners and will fret if left alone all day. Prospective owners should also make sure they have time to dedicate to grooming.
Favourite activities: Spending time with the family is top of the wish list for this pooch. The Bichon loves to play games and go on outings, but is just as happy to curl up on the lap of its favourite person and have a snooze.
Watchdog qualities: While not considered an effective watchdog, the Bichon is alert and has an acute sense of hearing. This will make it very aware of strangers and intruders.
Hereditary diseases: This pooch is relatively free of disease due to careful breeding, but can be affected by luxating patellas (slipping kneecaps), the eye disease progressive retinal atrophy, and skin allergies.
For information on breeders and clubs in your state, visit
Australian National Kennel Council: www.ankc.aust.com
New Zealand Kennel Club: www.nzkc.org.nz