My mom has a dog, and she’s practically carrying it around wherever she goes. He’s been with us for four years now and my mom loves him very much. It’s a small dog with white curly coat; I think he’s not much taller than a foot and he is very sociable and cheerful around children. His name is Fritz and, according to his papers, he is a Bichon poodle.
Bichon poodles are one type of, among the many, poodle mixes. A cross between a Bichon Frise, a dog breed which originates from France, and a poodle, they are bred to hopefully obtain in a dog, specific good qualities from each of the dog’s breed. Cross breeding the Bichon for its calmness and also the great degree of affection to its owner, and the poodle for their activeness and their desire to perform; produces a dog which is responsive, affectionate and carrying boundless amounts of energy, not to mention also being very, very adorable.
Bichon Poodle Characteristics
Bichon poodles are a small breed of dog. Their height is typically around 9-5 inches tall, and weighs around 7-15 pounds. Life expectancy is about 11 years with maximum litter size of 4 when birthing. Their coat is soft and curly and is usually white in color. Bichon poodles are liked by people who are prone to allergies because of their hypo-allergenic fur which also does not shed easily. Other physical traits are its floppy ears and a slightly pointed muzzle.
Disposition and Temperament
Bichon poodles are generally energetic and are a great companion for children, also mothers in my case, and can easily get along with other dogs and cats for that matter. They are very affectionate towards their owners and are always ready to please, while very suspicious of strangers and uncommon sounds at the same time. They tend to be too attached to their owners that separation from them, even for a short time, gives the dog anxiety, and they do really look sad in such cases, based on my experiences with Fritz.
Care and General Well Being
Bichon poodles are great swimmers, and needs to be played with and exercised every day. Their hair needs to be trimmed every four months and brushed every day to prevent their curly locks from knotting. And owing to each dog’s ancestry, typical diseases that this breed of dog possesses, are skin allergies, epilepsy, and are also susceptible to eye, heart and knee problems. It is recommended that their ears be cleaned weekly as they are also prone to ear infections. Although several weaknesses can be attributed to this particular kind of breed, like most any other dog breeds, proper intervention is needed. With proper nutrition and exercise, this dog is hardier than any dog their size.
I most certainly recommend this dog for anyone searching for a pet. Trust me, for I have been around Fritz for a long time and know almost all of his uncanny quirks. Or maybe, you can always ask my mother about it. I kind of know what she will eventually tell you.