A dog breed with a long history, the bichon frise has an unknown origin but, according to the American Kennel Club, it first appeared in the 13th century, probably as a descendant of the water spaniel. It was traded by Spanish sailors across the world. During the 1500s the small, white, powder-puff dog was frequently a lapdog for French royalty. By the 1800s, the bichon frise became a common dog choice for many people around the world, even performing as a circus dog. The bichon frise is a playful, energetic and friendly small dog.
Choose a premium dry puppy food to feed your bichon frise puppy. While you may feel tempted to choose lower-priced dog foods, it is crucial for the puppy's health that you choose a higher quality and often more expensive brand of puppy formula dog food. You may want to consider checking with your vet or local pet shop for their recommendations regarding dog foods for your bichon frise.
Don't add moisture or canned food to the dry dog food when feeding your bichon frise. Professionals at bichonfrise.org suggest that dry food offers better dental health for young bichon frises.
Avoid mixing other foods or gravies in with the premium dry puppy food. Adding other types of food to a balanced puppy formula creates an imbalance in the vitamins and minerals in the food and may cause your puppy to become overweight early or at a later age.
For newly weaned puppies, plan to feed the puppy a total of four times a day. During the first few weeks of life, feed the puppy after you wake in the morning and again every three or four hours until five or six in the evening. Feed the puppy only 60 ml (1/4 cup) of food each time and reserve any food left after ten minutes for later feedings.
Change the bichon frise puppy's feeding schedule and amount once the puppy reaches 10 weeks of age. At this time, cut feeding times to only three times a day and increase the amount of food to 80 ml (1/3 cup) each time. Feeding times should occur in the morning, at midday and around six in the evening.
Change the feeding schedule again once the puppy reaches the age of six months. Now you will reduce the feeding times again and increase the puppy food. You will now, and throughout the rest of the dog's life, feed the bichon frise twice a day, in the morning and evening, providing a total of 120 ml (1/2 cup) of food each time.
When your puppy is one year old, you can switch to regular adult dog food.
Bichon.org recommends using balanced diet dog foods throughout the dog's life and lists foods that should never be given to the dog: garlic, mushrooms, apple cores, chocolate, onions, raisins or raw dough.These can cause stomach problems and other health conditions in your bichon frise. (Chocolate is in fact poisonous for dogs.)