A non shedding dog breed, and one of the best dogs for children, the Bichon Frise dog does require quite a good bit of attention.
If you are considering getting a Bichon Frise dog or puppy, you will need to consider the time required to keep these little white dogs happy and well groomed.
A Dog for People with Allergies!
Bichon Frises are hypoallergenic dogs. That means that you won’t be allergic to them–not that they won’t have allergies. They are a non shedding dog breed.
There is a reason that “non shedding” is important. When a person is allergic to dogs, they are usually allergic to the dander on dogs (like dandruff). Dogs that don’t shed hair and dander are usually OK for people that have allergies.
In other words, you just might be able to have a Bichon Frise, a poodle or another dog that does not shed. Maybe.
Many people think that you can just be allergic to dog hair. However, that is not the case. You can be allergic to dog hair, dog dander or to dog saliva. If a dog licks you and you are allergic to its saliva, you would have an allergic reaction. Most often though, the allergen is dog dander.
All dogs shed some hair. Bichon Frises are classified as a non shedding dog breed or a hypoallergenic breed because their hair keeps growing until it is clipped. Even though they actually do shed a little hair, Bichon Frises do not shed lots of hair, like most other dogs.
A non shedding dog breed has a curly coat. Some examples of non shedding dogs are:
- Bichon Frises (of course)
- Portuguese Water Dogs
Dogs that are soft coated and shed minimally are:
- Kerry Blues
- Soft Coated Wheatens
If you are a person who is highly allergic, you should be careful about making a decision to get a dog.
All dogs, no matter how much hair they have, how much they shed and whether their hair keeps on growing, still slough off dead skin cells.
Dogs requiring extensive grooming expose you to fewer dead skin cells, and that might be why you can tolerate being near them.
These articles give you more info on Bichons:
Is the Bichon Frise Breed for You?
A non shedding dog breed like the Bichon Frise, has a curly coat and it will require a lot of time, attention and daily grooming.
The good news is that, if you have dog allergies, the frequent grooming may minimize the Bichon’s dander.
In addition, Bichon Frises are people dogs. They require your attention and love. You will need to spend time each day cuddling and playing with your little companion!
Bichons require a lot of your time. If your lifestyle does not allow this, you may need to look further for the perfect dog for you!