Affectionate, playful, gentle, and bubbly are all traits that describe the pleasant happy-go-lucky temperament of the Bichon Frise.
Although this cheerful attitude is the breed standard of a Bichon Frise, you will need to initiate early obedience and socialization training if you want your dog to manifest these positive qualities.
If allowed to by the owner, this furry friend can become jealous of other pets, be territorial, and portray an attitude of independence.
Bred for a companion dog, this little furry friend will play willingly and enjoy cuddling with its owner. You will generally delight in its gentle manners. To use human qualities, the Bichon Frise is ‘a lady’ or ‘gentleman’ in their gentle manners.
Bichon Frise dogs are also sociable and will easily befriend children and other pets. They enjoy being the center of attention with their owner, but will also reciprocate by being charming with everyone including trainers, groomers, vets, and even strangers.
Like all other dogs, leaving your Bichon Frise alone will negatively affect their character. If left alone for too long, your little furry friend will suffer separation anxiety and manifest destructive behavior.
Loneliness can also cause your dog to bark excessively, even though the Bichon Frise is naturally a quiet breed. It is recommended that you don’t leave your dog alone for more than 8 hours.
But all this affection and responsiveness should not be mistaken for weakness. If you train them to, Bichon Frise can become good guard dogs and inform you any time a stranger approaches.