- Origin: France/Spain/Belgium
- Group: Non-Sporting
- Weight: 3 – 5 kg
- Height: 20 – 30 cm
- Colors: white, creamy white, white-yellow
- Training: Easy to train
- Care: requires periodic brushing
- Temperament: playful, gentle, active, intelligent, loving
- Health: generally healthy
- Puppies: 4 to 5 puppies
- Average age: 12 to 15 years old
There is no exact data on the origin of the breed, but it is one of the oldest breeds. It is also called monkey dog due to facial features.
He is believed to have his origins in Germany because Affenpinscher in German means terrier monkey and at first were large dogs used for agricultural work. The Affenpinscher was miniaturized and became a pet in the 18th and 19th centuries.
He’s still a ruthless hunter of mice and a trusted security dog. Today Affenpinscher is primarily a pet dog.
Bichon Frise’s Food
As you probably know, every dog breed has its own set of nutritional requirements. This set of requirements has been passed from generation to generation in the same way as the fur, the size and temperament of the dog.
I suggest Affenpinscher owners to feed their pets according to the dog’s requirements. The diet should contain: nutritional foods similar to those found in nature, namely a balance of proteins, carbohydrates, acids, vitamins and minerals.
With a healthy diet for your dog, you can save money. The costs of a sick dog brought to a veterinarian’s office are much higher than if we provide him with proper nutrition.
It is known that these dogs have a high appetite and tend to eat excessively. They can easily gain weight if they exaggerate with food.
Bichon Frise’s Aspect
The Bichon Frise is a small dog with a wiry fur. The hair on the face is bigger than the one on the body, which makes it different from other dogs.
It has a square body with a deep chest, the head is round, the lower jaw is wide enough that the dog’s teeth are straight, the prominent eyes are black, the neck is short and arched, the limbs are short and bony.
Bichon Frise’s Behavior
Affenpinscher has a personality similar to that of a terrier. They understand best with other dogs, especially when they are raised by little ones together, they are curious and stubborn, but they are also playful, full of life, agile, smart, brave and confident.
Defensive fighters tend to become authoritarian when they are not subject to certain rules. They are affectionate and funny, enjoying their time with family. He needs movement, make sure he takes his time so he does not get bored.
He learns orders very quickly. They are recommended for young children because most of them tend to treat them as puppies. If they are not trained, they tend to impose themselves in front of larger dogs or even climb trees.
Bichon Frise’s Training
He is a curious and stubborn breed who tends to be friends with other dogs, especially if they are raised by little ones together. He is a brave puppy who likes to be a boss, so you will have to put yourself in front of your baby.
It takes a strong and consistent training so that the dog does not get bored because it will not pay attention to the order.
Like the rest of the dogs, it’s good to start training when he is still a puppy. To avoid problems of later behavior, it’s a good idea to know a minimal set of commands to help with communication.
Bichon Frise’s Features
Dogs of this breed shed little, which is an advantage for those living in a block.
It adapts more heavily to warmer climates than its limit, and / or with higher humidity because of the short snout it has. Sometimes in the eye area hair can grow excessively causing irritation, it is recommended that it be shortened periodically.
Bichon Frise’s Diseases
Bichon Frise is a strong breed without serious illness, but there are some problems with a higher frequency, namely: A disorder that affects the adrenal glands (hyperadrenocorticism).
The cataract that is also encountered in humans, which is also found in humans, the lens loses its transparency that leads to blindness, it usually manifests on both eyes but not with the same intensity.
Lack of tears or diminishing them (keratoconjunctivitis) is another more commonly encountered disease. The rotation of the rotule especially in older specimens.