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Bandit the Bichon Frise

Updated on June 13, 2015
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Dogs are man's best friend. Mary has been around dogs all her life and loves every breed she's met. You can never go wrong with a dog.

Bichon Frise

This Bichon Frise puppy photo was taken from the Dog Blog/Dog Treats site.  Lots of good information on this site together with treats and toys.
This Bichon Frise puppy photo was taken from the Dog Blog/Dog Treats site. Lots of good information on this site together with treats and toys. | Source

No, Bandit the Bichon is not a new breed of dog. Bandit is my son's Bichon Frise. My son researches everything before he buys it and getting a dog was no different. He researched and checked out any number of breeds before settling on the Bichon. There's nothing cuter than a Bichon Frise puppy.

The Bichon Frise is often referred to as just the Bichon. the Bichon is a relative of the Havanese. As you can see from the picture the Bichon is small but don't let his size fool you, he's full of life and loves humans! He's one of the friendliest dogs I've ever come across. It seems no matter how many Bichons I see, or where I see them, they're all the same, they don't know you but they love you!


Bandit, a Bichon and Pepe, a Havanese
Bandit, a Bichon and Pepe, a Havanese
Our Bandit waiting for a treat
Our Bandit waiting for a treat

Back to my son's research...Even though the Bichon has a double coat, he doesn't shed. This is one of his biggest selling points. A dog that doesn't shed! He's a great dog for people with allergies. He is related to the Havanese, both are non shedding, hypo-allergenic dogs. Both are descended from the Bichon Tenerife, a dog from the Canary Islands. The Bichon we know today was bred from the Tenerife and poodle, thus the curly hair versus the Havanese' silky hair. According to BichonFrise.org, the Bichons were divided into four categories; Bichon Maltais, Bichon Bolognais, Bichon Havanais, and Bichon Tenerife. Later, BichonFrise.org uses "Bichon" and "Tenerife" interchangeably. It would appear there is some dispute as to the exact origins of the Bichon Frise.

BichonFrise.org goes on to say in the 1800s the Bichon could be found almost everywhere, running the streets, performing in circuses and leading the blind. He was a 'wild' dog and on his own but the little troopers survived. After World War I some American soldiers brought them back here as pets but it wasn't until 1953 or 1956 (a disputed date) that the first Bichon was born in this country.


Bichons

Bandit - always has his hair trimmed
Bandit - always has his hair trimmed

The Bichon's life expectancy is between 13 and 16 years. Health problems include some heart difficulties, skin and ear infections. There are other possible problems including Intervertebral disc disease, kidney disease and dental problems - these are seen but not exactly common. As for dental problems it seems all small dogs are subject to some dental problems so it really is a good idea to brush their teeth, starting when they are puppies,no matter what breed they are. Also, no matter what breed you have it is in your best interest to get pet insurance when they're puppies to help with any major health issues that may come along. You can find lots of information about pet insurance right here on hub pages or anywhere on the Internet.

Though they are full of life and love to run and play, they don't require much exercise. Like any dog a good walk and a little exercise is always required but they do make great pets for apartment dwellers or the elderly.

While it is said they won't run away, our Bandit (and my son and his family of course) live several blocks away from us. Bandit has been known to slip away and come and visit grandma on his own. I don't know if you would count that as running away though since he always comes to my house!

Bandit sitting up in his bed
Bandit sitting up in his bed
Bandit relaxing in his bed
Bandit relaxing in his bed

Bichons are also barkers. They like to let you know when someone's arrived or they hear something. Obviously you can't train a dog not to bark but if you start when they are puppies you can teach them to 'stop barking' on command.

Bichons only come in white. There are no other colors or color variations. They do get "tear stains" on their faces but there are products out now that can help erase them.

In spite of any drawbacks, everyone loves a Bichon. They are just so friendly and lively. There isn't a person alive they don't love. They are excellent with children and love nothing more than to sit in your lap or cuddle with a child. They love other animals...I mean these dogs are just soooo friendly!

I'm sure there's someone out there that has some kind of horror story but I would find it hard to believe. I think almost every site I visited on the Internet said something about their "cheerful attitude".

Woofahs.com says about the Bichon, "It has a self-assured, happy temperament that is easy to live with."

The only real drawback I can see for owning a Bichon is his white hair! Otherwise this little guy (of course that is considering you like little dogs) is about the perfect dog!

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More Bichon Frise Photos

Bandit opening his Christmas present
Bandit opening his Christmas present
Bandit waiting for a treat with the rest of the guys
Bandit waiting for a treat with the rest of the guys

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      You hit the nail on the head Lady Guinevere. Every Bichon is just like that, they truly are amazing in the kindness in their breed.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      I had one before. She was the best doggie and she was very nice to everyone. She was a very good dog for children and very lovable.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      ArtDiva they truly are friendly little guys and yes they look like they're smiling.

      Aesta they're just the right size, not too big and small but not too small. Glad you enjoyed.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a beauty, a dog I could love. Just the right size for me. Thanks for all the info about this cute dog.

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      So cute, and I swear they are always smiling.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I hope everyone learns about this great breed Dolores. They're easy to train too.

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      Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      What an adorable little dog! You've given us a great introduction to a breed that it seems quite a few have never heard of. I like that Bichons don't shed. I have a mostly white cat and the shedding leaves a mess.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I know Audrey before Bandit I didn't know there were dogs that don't shed. We learn something everyday. Now I know there are more.

      Fire, I have no doubt. I've never met a Bichon I didn't like.

      Thank you Audrey. Believe me you'd fall in love with a Bichon, they are so friendly and love able.

      So right Heidi.

      Well Dressage you have certainly made my day! Really glad you enjoyed.

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      Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Voted up as interesting, beautiful and useful. Bandit's picture alone is enough for that. The fact that you wrote an awesome Hub to go with it was just the icing on the cake!

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      So, so cute! That is all. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Awe, Mary, Bandit is such a cutie. He would steal my heart in a second. Bichons are sweet dogs. I'd love to have one someday. Enjoyed your hub and voted up ++++ and sharing.

      Audrey

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      Fire8storm 2 years ago

      Loved this! I have a 9 month old Bichon and he is the cutest, fluffiest, happiest little soul I have ever had the pleasure to know. They really are beautiful little dogs with the best temperament. Voted up!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      So cute! I didn't realize they didn't shed!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I've seen your dogs PD and they are adorable! (I didn't say cute 'cause my husband hates that word.) I too like big dogs but have to admit the little guys are easier to handle. Did you see my hub on my son's St. Bernard...that's definitely a big one! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I've always hada thing for big dogs, but, every Bichon I've known is a sweet heart and they don't yap and bark as much as other little dogs. I would own a bichon... maybe when I'm old and gray :-)

      right now i own a labradoodle (also hypo allergenic and non shedding) and a chow mix.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks DrMark...turned out he didn't have IVDD but an infection in his spinal fluid but that's a whole other story. We are blessed with many dogs in our family, one more wondrous than the next. I think the St. Bernard is the one who captures the most attention in public. I appreciate your stopping by.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I remembered you Min Pin had IVDD, so I came by your profile page and found these great pictures of your canine family. No wonder they are darting out the door. You look like you have your hands full. Great hub, too, I enjoyed your info on this happy little critter!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      He's a really cute little guy. Thanks for stopping by Comfort.

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      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Bandit - Hmmm, what a name for such a cute little dog. Love the white fur.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      My mom had miniature schnauzer that was a love. Bichons don't have a mean bone in their bodies and if they're protective it's hard to tell because they just love everybody.

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      rls8994 5 years ago from Mississippi

      This is such an adorable dog. I love it! I never knew of their friendly temperment. I have two miniature schnauzers that I love so much. They are also very friendly and love people too but are also protective of their owners. Great information on this breed of dog. Rated up!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Mary. Yes, white dogs are a job! Just because they're white doesn't mean they don't like to dig and roll around in the grass and dirt!!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Bandit is so precious! My Miniature Schnauzer is white, and it is a chore keeping her clean. I enjoyed reading about your guy!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Eddy! I know we'll be sharing lots more. Enjoy your weekend though it's 1/2 over ;)

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Oh Bandit is a truly beautiful dog;I loved this hub and you certainly did him proud. A vote up and here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

      I wish you a wonderful weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      My Mom & Dad had a mini schnauzer and she was a lovely dog. We could learn a lot from the Bichon's attitude for sure, no judgment there!

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Couldn't we all learn from the Bichon's attitude? "I don't know you but I love you."

      Magic words. I haven't had a Bichon, but I have a Llhasa and it was similar. And, or course, the wonderful Mini Schnauzer! The most friendly dog on the planet

      Bob

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      They area adorable sangre and so very friendly.

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      Sp Greaney 5 years ago from Ireland

      I've heard of these dogs before, but don't know anyone with one. The non shedding of hair is a big selling point. But they just seem so adorable and make you want to get one too.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Glad you enjoyed, this is really a great breed and yes, cute too.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      soooooo cute! thank you. Jamie