Bichon Frise Coat Type – What is Hypoallergenic


What Type of Coat do Bichon frise have

Bichon Frise is a Double Coated Breed type – It has a Thick Undercoat and then has a long thick Top Coat. Bichon Frise Shed very little. When they are Puppies they will shed their First Coat of Fur. After that, it will be replaced with a Thicket Two Permanent Coats. Since they shed very little They are described as one of the Hypoallergenic Breeds. Allergies are aggravated by Dander, Dog Hair and Salvia. Bichons are perfect for people that have dog allergies to see if they can tolerate their Allergies while owning a dog.

21 Double Coated Dog Breeds

  • Bichon Frise
  • Newfoundland
  • Siberian Husky
  • Alaskan Husky
  • Akita
  • Shiba Inu
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Golden Retriever
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Havanese
  • Pomeranian
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11 AKC Hypoallergenic Dogs that Don’t Shed

  • Bichon Frise
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Xoloitzcuintli
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Maltese
  • Chinese Crested
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Schnauzer (Miniature, Standard or Giant)
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Poodles (Toy, Miniature or Standard)
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What Breed Group is Bichon Frise

According to AKC Bichon Frisee is Member of

  • Non-Sporting Dogs in the United States
  • Toy Dog Group in The United Kingdom

Do Bichon’s Have Fur or Hair

Looking chemically at the composition of Hair and Fur. They are Identical, it is in Using the terminology that the difference begins. Generally, Humans are said to have Hair, and animals tend to have the same thing called fur. The Hair / Fur coats of the Bichon are one of the factors that make it so sought after another characteristic that make it so popular

  • Their hair/Fur has a Double White Coat
  • Their Coat is Pure White which makes it very Unique
  • There hair / Coat is so very soft to the touch
  • Bichons Shed Very Lightly – which makes the bothersome problem of dog hair everywhere – not a problem
  • When their Coat is brushed it resembles White Ultra soft Cotton.
  • Their coat needs to be brushed Daily
  • Their Coats being very thick had a tendency to Matt if not kept groomed

What is the difference between a Bichon and a Bichon Frise

Today the Bichon and the Name Bichon Frise refer to the same Dog. The Name Bichon is actually French – meaning Bichon from Biche ( Meaning female Dog) English Name for the Breed is Bichon Frise = from the french – (bichon a poil frise ) meaning Curley Lap Dog.

History of Bichon Frise

  • The name could have Derived from Barbichon – Small Poodle
  • The name also could have derived from Barbiche – Shaggy Dog
  • Depicted as French Dogs
  • Originally were Spanish sailing Dogs
  • Also used as Herding Dogs
  • Breed Originated From Water Dogs ( Gun Dogs Bred to Retrieve Game)
  • From there descended from poodle Dogs then either Barbet or Water Spaniels Bichons Generally from There into 4 Categories
  • Bichon Frise
  • Maltese
  • Bolognese
  • Havanese

From the Spanish Sailors that it is believed that the Bichon Frise was introduced to the Island of Tenerife and Canary Islands – which History traces them Back to.

Then Italian Sailors were given credit to Bringing them back to Continental Europe. They became very popular with Nobility and Courts because of Their Lion Like appearance with The Lion Cut of Their hair.

Late 19th Century lost popularity and became the common Mans dog, being in Street fairs and circuses, because of its intelligence and being able to be trained.

  • Bichon was accepted in 1933 By the Kennel Club in France
  • Bichon Brought to the United States in 1955
  • Bichon Entered Miscellaneous Class in AKC in 1972
  • Bichon was allowed to show in AKC Non – Sporting Group in 1973
  • Bichon named JR won the Westminster Dog Show in 2001
  • Bichon was introduced to Australia in the 1970s and is popular today

What are the different types of Dog Coats

  • Long Coated Dogs Long Coats on Dogs Need a lot of Grooming to keep them free from Mats – Afghans
  • Short Coated Dogs – Have short smooth Coats, usually very fine and Glossy – Dobermans
  • Medium Coated dogs are between – German Shepherds
  • Double and Single Coated Dogs Double Coated dogs have two layers of Dog Fur or Coats, one close to the Skin ( soft and is insulating ) and then the second is called Guard hair – that repel water and shed a dog from dirt. Single coated dogs just have a coat of Guard Hair, no soft downy undercoat.
  • Curly Coated Dogs – Dogs that have naturally curly hair, waves fall into this group – Golden retrievers
  • Silky Coated Dogs – these dogs coat seen to be naturally always soft, groomed, and silky – Irish Setters
  • Rough Coated Dogs – what separated these rough coats is the feel and texture as you rub your fingers through their hair, it is firmer stiffer. – collies
  • Wire Coated Dogs and it is also sometimes called broken – but it feels wiry to the touch – stands out from the dog’s body, very noticeable on the Tail – German Wire Hair terrier
  • Smooth Coated Dogs – These Dogs have short silky hair close to their bodies, many time you can see the shapes of the dog’s muscles the hair is so close. – Great Danes
  • Hairless Dogs – lack of Fur – needs constant attention for exposure to outside elements, sun, cold, etc – American Hairless Terriers

Do Bichon’s Smell

We have raised Bichon Frise Dogs for over 30 Years. Normally a dog that is maintained and well cared for will not smell – these are some of the times we have had them smell

  • Bichons hair required daily brushing, we chose to give them short Puppy cuts to stay ahead of that. but their hair grows Very well and Thick. If you let that get out of hand they will matt, and a lot of dirt another unwanted thing will be caught up in their hair. It can easily hide ticks and fleas. We have found that the matted hair will grab dog poop and cause it to accumulate at their butts.
  • If hair becomes Matted, it is very painful to try to brush Matts out. We would take them in to get shaved if it got away from us. It grows fast so they will not look bad for long.
  • Teeth Problems will give a dog’s breath that will knock you out. If it gets strong you will need to take them to the vet. He will put them to sleep and clean teeth as needed
  • The dogs can become territorial and we have seen them Pee on each other which also can cause odor

What is a Hypoallergenic dog

According to the AKC no Breed of Dogs is 100% Hypoallergenic. About 10% of the people in the United States have some amount of Dog allergy. Dogs that have much lesser rates of Shedding tend to cause fewer problems – just from the smaller amount of allergens being spread around.

Smartest Non Shedding dogs

Doing some research we found this article by a Canine psychologist  Stanley Coren – Author of “The Intelligence of Dogs” He Judged Dogs in The Following categories – the Only Non- Shedding Hypoallergenic Dog that made it in the Top 10 was the ” Poodle”, That Breed ranked Number 2 out of 10 – the total List is Here

  • Adaptive intelligence – figuring out problems
  • Working intelligence  – Following Orders
  • Instinctive intelligence – Natural Intelligence
  • Spatial Intelligence – comprehend images and objects
  • Kinesthetic intelligence – using one’s body in with precise

Going Through his Numbered List The Following Dogs Made his Criteria

Dog Breed Intelligence Numeric Rating
Border Collie 1
Poodle – Hypoallergenic 2
German shepherd 3
Golden retriever 4
Doberman Pincher 5
Shetland Sheep Dog 6
Labrador Retriever 7
Papillon 8
Rottweiler 9
Australian cattle dog 10

These Dogs learned a New Command with 5 Tries and retained the New Knowledge and retained it 95 % of the Time

7 Breeds Low Shedding Dogs

Dog Breeds that are Low Shedding according to Purina are the Following

  • Basenji
  • Bichon Frise
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Havanese
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Poodle
  • Portuguese Water Dog

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