bichon frise common health problems & issues

Common Health Problems of The Bichon Frise

Common health problems occur with the Bichon Frise, just as with most breeds.

Known for their cotton-ball cloud of white hair, the Bichon Frise is one of the most well loved dog breeds. And while Bichons are generally healthy and very long-lived, they are prone to certain health problems, just like most breeds.

Here are some of the health problems common among the Bichon Frise:

Hip Dysplasia

One Common health problem that your Bichon Frise may develop is a condition that is caused by a genetic hip deformity that results from abnormal hip development. If left untreated, hip dysplasia can lead to extreme pain and serious mobility issues. However, when diagnosed early, it can be treated with surgery and therapy.


Patellar Luxation
This condition is a very common health issue among smaller breeds including the Bichon Frise. When the patella is luxated, it cannot return into its normal position until the quadriceps muscle of the dog relaxes and increases in length. This causes the dog to yelp in pain when it tries to exert movement. It can lead to arthritic crippling if left untreated.

Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease occurs when the ball of the thighbone in the hip does not get enough blood, causing the bone to degenerate and shrink. It is very common among puppies aged 4 to 6 months old and one of its most common telltale signs is limping. While the cause of the disease remains unknown, there are treatment options ranging from frequent medication to the excision of the affected femur bone head.

Ear Infections
As the Bichon Frise has profuse hair in its ear canals, it is very prone to getting ear infections. An easy way to prevent this is to keep its ear hair trimmed short at all times.


Kartagener’s Syndrome
This rare immune system disease occurs quite frequently among Bichons. It is associated with abnormal retention of mucus and bacteria in the respiratory tract. Its symptoms include frequent respiratory infections and prompt antibiotic therapy is required.

Of course, as with all Dogs, you’ll want to know the warning signs and symptoms of Diabetes Mellitus. You can read more here: