Chinese Frise

7-12 lbs
United States
Bichon Frise
Chinese Crested
Crested Bichon, Crested Frise

The Chinese Frise is a blend of the Bichon Frise and Chinese Crested breeds of dogs. They are both small breeds so the Chinese Frise is not likely to be more than 12 inches high and should weigh about 10 pounds on average. The coat of the Chinese Frise varies depending on the parent breeds although they usually have a dense coat of fine hair that may be curly or wavy and just about any color from white, red, cream, brown, and black or a combination of these. They are generally happy dogs with a lot of energy but also make good lap dogs.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Bichon Frise, Chinese Crested

Chinese Frise Health

Average Size
Male Chinese Frise size stats
Height: 7-12 inches Weight: 7-14 lbs
Female Chinese Frise size stats
Height: 5-11 inches Weight: 8-12 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Atopic Dermatitis
Minor Concerns
  • Epilepsy
  • Hemophilia
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Blood
  • Blood Test
  • Physical Examination

Chinese Frise Breed History

The Chinese Frise is a new breed so it does not have a history yet. Therefore, the histories of the parent breeds are used to determine the characteristics of this new hybrid. The Bichon Frise is believed to have been around since ancient times, others say they are descendants of the Maltese, and others believe they originated from the Miniature Spaniel and Poodle. Some stories claim that the Bichon Frise was used to barter in the 1300s by sailors traveling from Italy. The name is thought to have come from the name Barbichon, which was shortened to Bichon later. They were split into four Mediterranean categories, which were the Teneriffes, Maltais, Havanais, and Bolognais. This breed was popular in France in the 1500s when Henry III ruled. They can be seen in paintings by Goya, who was a famous artist in Spain at the time. The breed lost popularity for a time after the 1800s until 1933 when the official standard of the Bichon was drawn up by the French Canine Central Society. They did not make it to the United States until 1956 and were not accepted by the American Kennel Club (AKC) until 1972 where they are now the 45th most popular breed. The Chinese Crested originated in the 1200s and contrary to its name, is believed to have originated in Africa as the African Hairless Terrier. Chinese traders are said to have brought these little dogs onto their ships to be used as ratters where they ended up being traded all over the world. A breeder, Ida Garrett, is credited for making these hairless dogs popular in America although they were not accepted into the AKC until 1991.

Chinese Frise Breed Appearance

This small breed is about 7 to 12 inches tall and weighs about 5 to 14 pounds. They usually have a dense coat of fine hair that may be straight, wavy, or even curly. Its color can be white, red, cream, brown, black, or a combination of these colors. It is even possible for the Chinese Frise to be hairless like its parent breed, the Chinese Crested, however, that is not common. They have large, droopy ears, long legs, and a small head with big, dark eyes. Some have shaggy fur all over their body while others have shorter hair in places and some resemble the Poodle.

Chinese Frise Breed Maintenance

The Chinese Frise needs frequent brushing due to their fine, dense hair. It is recommended that you brush them with a hard bristle brush and metal comb at least four or five times a week to prevent mats and excessive shedding. You can bathe them when needed but not too often to prevent drying out the skin. Some Chinese Frise owners take them to be professionally groomed every four to six months as well. You should also clean their ears once a week and check for redness, dirt, and earwax buildup. Brush your dog’s teeth several times a week to prevent dental issues and trim her nails when needed.

Chinese Frise Temperament

Your Chinese Frise is a good family pet but may not be great with young children due to their small size. If they are socialized early, they can get along well with other pets but it is best if they grow up together because this breed tends to be a bit spoiled. The Chinese Frise may be hard to train due to their stubbornness but if you stick to the rules and be patient, your pet should eventually be agreeable. Be sure to use positive reinforcement rather than physical punishment. This breed does not like to be left alone and may need to be crated to prevent behavior problems.

Chinese Frise Activity Requirements

This breed likes to play as much as any dog but is also just as happy sitting in your lap or laying on the couch. They do like to play ball and are excellent at flyball, obedience, and agility competitions. However, the Chinese Frise also enjoys hiking, going for walks, playing Frisbee, jogging, and going to the dog park. They need at least 45 to 60 minutes of vigorous exercise a day so at least one long walk around the neighborhood or a long game of catch should be enough to keep your dog healthy. This will prevent them from becoming bored, which is thought to cause behavior problems. 

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