Exercising Your Bichon FriseGood Exercises For Your Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise dates back as far as the 13th century. The breed is a descendant of the Barbet Water Spaniel and the Poodle. It was traded all over the world by Spanish sailors. The dog eventually became a favorite of the 16th-century French royal courts. In the 19th century, it was a popular organ grinder’s dog and also a circus performer. Today the Bichon Frise is primarily a companion and show dog.

Breed Type

Companion Dog

Physical Characteristics

  • small, sturdy, little dog
  • muzzle is shorter than the skull, is not pointed with a slightly pronounced stop
  • ears are dropped covered in long hair
  • tail is carried over the back
  • the outer coat is 3 to 4 inches (7-10cm.) long and is coarser and curlier than the soft dense undercoat, Coat colors include solid white, cream, gray or apricot


  • loves human company
  • known for having bursts of energy
  • independent spirit, intelligent, affectionate, bold and lively
  • has a self-assured, happy temperament that is easy to live with
  • fine in the company of other dogs & pets and are excellent with children

Best Exercises

  • Walks (15 – 20 minutes)
  • Chasing – Try games like Fetch or Keep-away
  • Indoor games (light wrestling, chase, musical chairs)

Suggested Exercise Plan

Even though these are small “house” type dogs, this breed is known for being lively and having bursts of energy. Short lively exercise is best most days for this dog. A brief walk, 15 – 20 minutes, is good. Because these dogs are generally good natured, an active game (chasing games, gentle wrestling) for 15 minutes will be fun for him or her too.

Things To Note

They can be very sensitive to flea bites so watch where you spend outdoor time.