Known for their white, fluffy appearance, Bichon Frise dogs have become a popular dog breed. Short and full of energy, the Bichon dog is a good pet for families with young children. If you are interested in owning a Bichon, there are certain identifying features you should look for. Although each dog will vary in terms of appearance, build and personality, all Bichon puppies have similar attributes. Use these attributes to help you identify a Bichon puppy.
Measure the size and weight of the dog. According to the American Kennel Club, Bichon Frise dogs should have a shoulder height between 9 and 12 inches. The Bichon should also weigh between 7 and 12 pounds, although some Bichon dogs may grow to be up to 18 pounds.2
Observe the body structure of the dog. According to Puppy Find, Bichon dogs have long necks and strong chests. The dog should also have a furry tail that curls over the dogs back.3
Examine the dogs facial structure and features. The muzzle should be relatively short, while the ears should drop. Along with a dark black nose and lips, the Bichon will also have a dark halo around dark eyes.4
Assess the dogs coat. Bichon Frise dogs have a double coat; the undercoat is soft and dense, while the outer coat is curly and coarse. The coat should have a puffy appearance and should bounce back gently when patted. The Bichon is always a white dog, although Bichon puppies under 1 year old occasionally have shades of cream or a light orange color around the coat. The Bichons coat will not shed.5
Observe the dogs personality and temperament. The Bichon dog is typically friendly with strangers and eager to interact with other dogs. According to Puppy Find, they are sensitive, responsive, affectionate, and abundantly playful. Bichon Frises love to play and have a good amount of energy. However, keep in mind that a dogs temperament depends on a variety of factors. Although these characteristics are common among Bichon Frise dogs, they may not always be present.