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The Bichon Frise hails from the 13th century. It was a descendant of the Water Spaniel and eventually worked its way into becoming a treasured pet of the 16th century royal French courts. The Bichon was also a favorite of the Spanish school of painters, including Goya, and is featured in many of their works.
The Bichon is a cheerful breed and seems to always have a smile on its face. Bichons can be great playmates for children, or can curl up on the couch with their owner to share a quiet night. With a continuously growing hair coat, Bichons shed less than most breeds, making them ideal for owners with dog allergies. This same trait means they need consistent grooming, and most fun-loving Bichons benefit from regular exercise.
While it makes a great playmate for a family household, the Bichon Frise is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect its health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses the Bichon Frise is prone to include skin conditions such as atopy; eye disorders such as cataracts and corneal dystrophy; heart problems such as patent ductus arteriosis (PDA); blood disorders such as hemophilia B; and physical conditions such as Shaker Dog Syndrome.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Bichon Frise inherits his father’s bad eyes or his mother’s heart problems, you’re covered.