Bichon Frises have a lifespan of between 12 to 15 years. This is quite long in the dog world and can be attributed to the breed’s overall good health status. Despite this, they do have a few illnesses they often deal.
The most common are allergies. Bichons are allergic to a number of things including fleas, chemicals, pollen, dust, and so much more. These usually present either as respiratory allergies with sneezing and runny noses or as skin reactions with dermatitis.
As a small dog breed, Bichon Frise dogs also suffer from skeletal issues due to their build. The most common here is patella luxation where their knee bones get loose and cause serious instability and pain. They also suffer from deteriorative hip diseases that seriously affect their mobility.
As the Bichon gets older, several age-related illnesses also start to crop up. These include cataracts which affect vision and could lead to trauma. Fortunately, it is quite easy to fix with eye surgery. They also may suffer complications of long-running congenital heart diseases.
Despite being so active, Bichons do not have the best metabolism. As a result, they may suffer from metabolic imbalances leading to issues like diabetes and obesity. This is more often than not related to their diet.
Speaking of diet, the severity and prognosis of a lot of these problems that Bichons face depends a lot on nutrition. You could therefore help mitigate some of the problems with simple good nutrition.