The Frenchie Bichon: A Complete Guide

The Frenchie Bichon is the result of crossing a French Bulldog and a Bichon Frise.

Their lifespan is average for small breeds at 9 to 15 years. They usually weigh about 13 to 22 pounds.

At their smallest, they are 10 inches tall, and at their largest, they are 12 inches tall.

Frenchie Bichons have a medium-length and dense coat that comes in color combinations of apricot, buff, cream, white, or fawn, with a possible brindle pattern and ticked markings.

This mix is likely to have been bred since the late 1900s and is relatively stabilized in personality and appearance.

Those who have a Frenchie Bichon in the family say they are easy to care for dogs who have a lot of spunk.

Frenchie Bichon Puppies – Before You Buy…

Frenchie Bichon is a cute and delightful combination of the French Bulldog and the Bichon Frise.

What Price are Frenchie Bichon Puppies?

The price of Frenchie Bichon puppies is anywhere between $600 to $2,000.

How to Find Reputable Frenchie Bichon Breeders?

Reputable breeders will usually find homes for their puppies even before they are born. If the breeder that you’re talking to has a waiting list, that’s a good sign.

They should ask you a lot of questions before they decide to sell you their puppy.

Expect to be asked questions about your home and what you expect from your new dog.

Reputable breeders will always want to make sure that their puppy is going to a good home before they send him off.

Their puppies should be kept indoors and not inside a kennel. Puppies that grow up around humans are better socialized than those that spend most of their puppy days in a cage.

Good breeders only have one to two litters per year. If they have any more than that, then they’re probably breeding for the money.

They should only breed one type of dog breed. If they always have puppies for sale that are different dog breeds, you can be sure they’re running a puppy mill.

The internet is a great place to find anything. However, it’s also a place where you should be very careful.

Use the internet to find dog breeders, but make sure to always visit their home before you buy any puppies from them.

You can also find reputable dog breeders at dog shows and dog clubs.

Ask other dog owners if they know anyone who has Frenchie Bichon and where they purchased their puppy from.

Many pet stores have bulletin boards. Oftentimes, breeders leave notes or announcements there if they have an upcoming litter.

3 Little-Known Facts About Frenchie Bichon Puppies

  1. The French Bulldog parent dog migrated to France along with their owners during the Industrial Revolution.
  2. The French eventually standardized the breed, phasing out the English Bulldog’s underbite.
  3. The other parent breed, the Bichon Frise, is a canine of the Mediterranean, as are his cousins the Havanese, the Maltese, the Bolognese, and the Coton De Tulear.

Physical Traits of the Frenchie Bichon

Frenchie Bichon loves people of all ages.

Frenchie Bichons have the Bichon Frise body that is well-balanced, as well as a few characteristics of the French Bulldog.

They are small dogs with an average weight of between 13 and 22 pounds and a height of 10 to 12 inches. His coat is medium in length and relatively soft and wavy.

Frenchie Bichons vary widely in color and can be any combination of fawn, white, cream, buff, or apricot, with a possible brindle pattern and ticked markings.

Their ears are slightly pricked. Their tails are medium in length and are well-coated. They also have the strong French Bulldog stance.

Frenchie Bichons have dark round eyes and short muzzles. Frenchie Bichons do not shed a lot and do not need a lot of grooming.

Depending on the coat, a clip or trim may occasionally be needed to keep its shape.

They are not hypoallergenic, but they produce fewer allergens than your typical dog because of their Bichon Frise heritage.

Frenchie Bichons are particularly prone to plaque buildup, so it’s extremely important for owners to brush their teeth every day to avoid gum disease and tooth loss.

Bathe your Frenchie Bichons no more than once a month. Otherwise, you risk drying out their coat.

How Big is a Full-Grown Frenchie Bichon?

The male Frenchie Bichon can grow up to 11 to 12 inches and weigh 15 to 22 lbs.

Females grow up to 10 to 11 inches and weigh 13 to 20 lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Frenchie Bichon?

The life expectancy of the Frenchie Bichon is 12 to 15 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Frenchie Bichon

Frenchie Bichon is always a joy to be around.

Frenchie Bichons are cheerful dogs that are naturally loving and affectionate. They can be territorial over their owners and toys, but not in an aggressive manner.

They usually stick by their owner’s side whenever they’re outside, but they play energetically with other members of the household and pets when they are indoors.

Frenchie Bichons are also smart and confident, making them excellent at learning tricks and commands and perform for their ‘fans’.

However, their smarts also make them occasionally stubborn. As such, early and consistent training is essential to rearing a well-behaved Frenchie Bichon.

Nonetheless, this is a great dog for apartment or city living because of his size, exercise needs, and grooming and maintenance.

Frenchie Bichons also enjoy snuggles and being showered with attention by their owners, but they are not clingy and needy.

Overall, Frenchie Bichons are happiest in the company of others. But they are also quite content to sit in a dog bed and chew on a toy.

The Frenchie Bichon’s Diet

Frenchie Bichons in the first year of life should be fed the higher amount of calories required for an active dog.

Look for foods labeled as appropriate for your dog’s life stage. These foods contain a correct balance of ingredients and calories for these stages.

Divide his daily ration in two and feed him for breakfast and dinner.

Puppies should be fed three meals per day. This allows your Frenchie Bichon to eat appropriately small meals and lets you monitor his appetite.

Dry kibble and canned dog food provide different benefits for your Frenchie Bichon’s health. The crunchy texture of dry kibble helps remove the plaque from their teeth.

This is an important consideration for Frenchie Bichons because they are prone to dental problems. Canned food does not offer the plaque-removal benefits, but it contains significantly more water.

You can mix dry kibble and canned food to get the advantages of both.

If you mix your Frenchie Bichon’s foods, determine how much of each type he needs to meet his caloric requirements without eating too much.

Whether you feed your Frenchie Bichon canned or dry food, keep plenty of fresh water available at all times.

How Much Exercise Does a Frenchie Bichon Need?

The Frenchie Bichon loves equal parts playing and relaxing. He only needs an average of 30 minutes of daily exercise.

He enjoys short walks and casual trips to the dog park. He also enjoys romping around indoors with other puppies and their human family members.

When he’s not busy doing these things, you will find him curled up on the couch or splayed out in a sunspot.

When he feels affectionate, the Frenchie Bichon will be happy to sit and snooze in his owner’s laps. This breed does well in all climates because he is primarily an indoor dog.

Just don’t forget that Frenchie Bichons should not be exercised in extremely hot or cold conditions.

Frenchie Bichon Health and Conditions

Major health concerns for this breed include skeletal or joint conditions, brachycephalic syndrome, and pulmonic stenosis.

Minor health concerns include eye conditions, atopic dermatitis, hypothyroidism, hemophilia, and urolithiasis. There may be occasional diagnoses for demodicosis and entropion.

The veterinarian may require your dog to undergo clinical exams, cardiac tests, hormone analysis, blood and urine tests, internal imaging, biopsy, and physical examinations when needed.

My Final Thoughts on the Frenchie Bichon

The French Bulldog parent dog is small, easy to manage, and overall well-behaved when he’s around new people and other strange animals.

He is known for being clownish and naughty, grabbing attention whenever and wherever possible.

This little dog adores people and craves constant attention and companionship. He does not need a lot of exercise, but he loves to chase balls and play during the day.

At night, he’s more than happy to curl up and relax on the sofa.

He is a very good companion for the elderly, but he can fit in with families of all sizes and ages.

The Bichon Frise parent dog loves people of all ages, plays well with children, and is always a joy to be around.

He is very easy to live with, and he brings smiles wherever he goes.

The Frenchie Bichon will be a cute and delightful combination of these two dogs, and he’s sure to captivate everyone he meets.

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OVERALL SUMMARY

4.5
Cost to Buy
7
Cuteness Level
9
Family Safety
9
Friendliness
5
Health Concerns
7.5
Life Span
7
Exercise Required
7.5
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 7.1 / 10

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