Bichon Frise Puppy Size Chart:
The average adult male bichon frise puppy weighs between 5 lbs (2.7 kg) and 7 lbs (3.6 kg). The average adult female bichon frise puppy weighs between 4 lbs (1.9 kg) and 6 lbs (2.4 kg).
These are approximate figures only. They do not include the extra weight of puppies under 1 lb (0.45 kg), or those weighing over 2 lbs (1.2 kg).
Puppies weigh their mother’s milk when they’re born, so it takes at least 3 months before a pup starts gaining its own body mass from eating solid food. So if your puppy is less than 3 months old, it probably isn’t getting enough nutrition. If you have any doubt about whether your pup needs more food, see a vet immediately!
Adult males typically reach sexual maturity around 8 years of age. Adult females usually attain sexual maturity at around 9 years of age.
If you want to get started with breeding bichon frise puppies, read our How To Breed page first!
Bichon Frise Weight:
A healthy bichon frise should weigh between 10 lbs (4.5 kg) and 18 lbs (8.2 kg). The average weight of an adult bichon frise is 11 lbs (5 kg).
Puppies under 4 months old should be weighed with caution. A new puppy’s weight can change quickly, so it’s important to check again in a week or two.
A bichon frise puppy’s weight is influenced by many factors. If you have any concern about your bichon frise puppy’s weight, contact a professional pet nutritionist.
We measure the weight of our bichon frise puppies every month. To ensure our bichon frise growth charts are as accurate as possible, we weigh them at the same time each day and use the same scale each time.
If you have any questions relating to your bichon frise’s weight, please speak to your veterinarian.
Bichon Frise Upkeep:
The average bichon frise costs $1140 each year for food and medical needs. This figure varies widely depending on where you live and whether you prefer to feed your dog organically or not.
A bichon frise has a long life expectancy of 15 years. This means you will need to pay for food and medical needs for your dog for around 21 years. This can be quite expensive!
As with most dog breeds, bichon frise dogs enjoy playtime and mental stimulation. Buying toys your dog can play with on their own is a good way to keep them active and alert. Puzzle toys are especially good because they keep your dog’s mind working!
A bichon frise is a great choice if you don’t have much time to play with your dog but still want it to be happy and active.
Bichon Frise and Children:
The bichon frise breed is especially good with children and is an ideal family dog. Because of its friendly nature, a bichon frise will get on well with other animals in the house.
However, as with all dogs, a bichon frise will be able to tell if a child or adult is dangerous. It will protect itself and its family if it senses you or a child are in danger.
A lot of children are drawn to bichon frise dogs because of their cute appearance. If you have toddlers or young children in your home, we recommend supervising them when they interact with the dog.
We also recommend that you introduce your bichon frise to any new children in your life gently and slowly over several days. Your dog is likely to be nervous around unknown children at first, so allow it time and space to get used to them.
Bichon Frise with Other Pets:
The bichon frise makes a great addition to any household, as long as you aren’t allergic!
The bichon frise gets along well with other dogs, cats, and even smaller pets. However, you should never let your dog have unsupervised contact with another pet unless you are certain that they will get on. Some dogs are aggressive and may even kill other animals or pets if left alone together.
For this reason, we always recommend you supervise any interaction between your dog and other animals. This way, you can step in if there are any problems and separate them if necessary.
Bichon Frise Health and Conditions:
The bichon frise is a very healthy dog breed with few major health issues. However, it is important to remember that all dogs can contract illness or get hurt if they are not treated or cared for properly.
Here are some of the health conditions and diseases that may affect the bichon frise:
Gastric Torsion (Bloat)
Gastric Torsion is a life-threatening condition that affects deep chested dogs like the bichon frise. It happens when the stomach is filled with gas or air and then twists. This means that the blood supply to the stomach is cut off, which can lead to death within just a few hours.
If you think your bichon frise is suffering from bloat you should take them to the vet immediately. The veterinarian will perform a surgery to remove the bloated stomach. There are also some things you can do to prevent your dog from getting bloat in the first place.
Things like not feeding it shortly before bedtime, feeding them smaller meals more frequently and not exercising for at least 2 hours after eating may reduce the chances of bloat occurring.
Bichon frises tend to suffer from skin allergies, which can cause a whole host of other issues if they are not treated. The most common skin allergy that dogs get is caused by fleas. If you think your dog has fleas we recommend treating them immediately with a topical treatment or using a suitable remedy.
Other skin allergies are caused by contact with certain plants, foods and other allergens. If you think your dog is suffering from a skin allergy you should take them to the vet and get it checked out.
Sadly, bone cancer is more common in bichon frises as they get older. Most cases of bone cancer in dogs occur in the spine, pelvis or feet. The cancer grows and spreads quickly, so it is very important that you catch it early before it spreads to other parts of the body.
The signs and symptoms to look out for include: reluctance to move, limp or lameness in a leg, difficulty or pain when lifting the leg, wounds that fail to heal, sores appearing in the mouth or elsewhere on the body. If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, you should visit the vet as soon as possible.
If the cancer is caught in its early stages, it is fairly easy to treat. However, if the cancer has spread all over the body, there isn’t much that can be done and the prognosis is not good. With treatment, your dog should still live for months or even a year. Without it, sadly your dog may not last that long.
Sources & references used in this article:
Puppies for dummies by M Schaffer – 2009 – Macmillan
Puppy’s First Steps: The Whole-dog Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, Well-behaved Puppy by B Brevitz – 2009 – Workman Publishing
Little Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds by J Ross, B McKinney – 1996 – Macmillan
A member of the family: Cesar Millan’s guide to a lifetime of fulfillment with your dog by ZP Guerra – 2010 – i5 Publishing