Life Span: 12 to15 years
Weight: 7 to 12 pounds
Height: 9 to 11 inches
· They love attention
· They are a little more prone to separation anxiety if they are left alone for many hours, this can lead to destructive behavior
· It’s important to teach the canine manners - dog-training classes are recommended
· They are good at and love doing tricks
· They can be hard to house train
· White, curly and fluffy!
· Hypo allergenic
· They need very regular brushing (at least once a week)
· They frequently get red tear and saliva stains around their mouth. Fun fact!... This tends to happen more frequently to bichons with very round eyes as apposed to almond eyes.
· They are generally healthy, but like all breeds they are prone to some health conditions.
· Occasional bladder problems (bladder stones or infections – not too common)
· They are a little more prone to getting allergies and they are a little sensitive fleabites.
· Patellar Luxation (aka slipped stiffles): This is when the kneecap slides out of place. It is painful, but most live realatively normal lives with this conditions.
· Some Bichon’s can be sensitive to vaccines so it’s important to watch them closely after receiving them.
· Hip Dysphasia, it’s when the thighbone doesn’t fit snuggly in the hip joint. This can sometimes lead to arthritis.
· Juvenile Cataracts sometimes develop in you bichons (6yrs or less.) This is thought to be hereditary.
· Trachea Collapse is a respiratory disease common in small dogs that causes them to wheeze. It's nothing to be concerned about unless the wheezing occurs for an extended period of time. Mind you, I am not a vet. If your dog is wheezing call your vet.