Bichon Frisé: health of small dogs

The Bichon Frisé quickly becomes part of the family with its affectionate and obedient nature. It is very robust and has a long life expectancy. Still, there are some things you can do to keep your furry family member healthy. A Bichon Frisé can live to be over 15 years old. It is therefore all the more important to maintain the dog's health for a long time - Shutterstock / Fotoeventis

Sure, all owners would prefer that the Bichon Frisé never get sick. Here you can find out which diseases can still occur, how you can prevent them and what you should watch out for in old animals.

Life expectancy and common illnesses

In general, the Bichon Frisé is not very susceptible to disease and can grow very old with an average life expectancy of around 15 years. The oldest documented dog of this breed was even 19 years old. However, there are some diseases that can occur more frequently in the Bichon:

● Problems with the kneecap or joint
● Wrong development of the hip joint
● Dental problems
● watery eyes
● skin problems

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How does my bichon stay healthy?

In order to enable the Bichon Frisé to live as long as possible without complaints and in the best of health, a regular visit to the veterinarian is recommended. Necessary vaccinations and worming are just as indispensable as sufficient exercise and animal welfare. There are also some tips on care and nutrition that you should definitely consider.

Care tips for the Bichon Frisé

The nature of the bichon is not particularly demanding, but the grooming must not be neglected. In young animals, fine hair should be brushed for several minutes a day if possible to prevent it from matting and causing itchy skin areas. For older animals, it is usually sufficient to use the brush twice a week. You should only bathe the little fur nose every 4 to 6 weeks.

In order for your four-legged friend to have a clear view, the hair in the eye area must also be shortened regularly. Let a professional show you the right "hairstyle" for the first time before you pick up your scissors yourself. If your dog is also prone to watery eyes, you should also carefully dab the excess liquid and any residues with a cloth.

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Nutrition tips for the little bitch

The name Bichon Frisé comes from the French "bichonner", which means "to pamper", because mostly gentlemen and mistresses tend to pamper their little four-legged friends mercilessly. He constantly gets a treat or two. However, this often leads to the Bichon struggling with excess weight. Therefore, keep in mind that your animal should only weigh between 3 and 5 kilograms - the amounts of feed are accordingly small. He only needs a total of 250 to 300 grams of dog food in his bowl every day.

Dog owners usually argue about the right ratio between wet and dry food. In any case, make sure that the selected feed contains a lot of protein and sufficient minerals and vitamins. He doesn't need sugar at all. Carbohydrates and fat should be kept to a minimum. At least once a week, you can also give your adult dog chopped raw beef. Fresh water, however, must be available at all times.

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The Bichon Frisé in old age

In animals from the age of eight, the energy content of the feed should be reduced, since they usually consume fewer calories and are therefore more prone to being overweight. The aged Bichon Frisé also needs less fat, but more protein. The food should also be served in three smaller portions throughout the day so as not to put too much strain on the four-legged friend's digestion.