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Bichon Frise

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When these little guys are done up, they are possibly the most toy like pooches going around. For this title, they are battling with the likes of the Maltese and Shi Tzu, however, just one look and you will agree that if any dog could run on batteries, it's the Bichon Frise.

Where I'm From

The Bichon originated in the Mediterranean region as a result of crossbreeding between Barbets and smaller lap dogs. When Spanish travellers began taking them on their journeys to the Canary Islands, the breed was developed into what was then known as the “Bichon Teneriffe”.

In the 14th Century, Italian sailors rediscovered the irresistible pooches and took them back home. Quickly after, Bichons became the loved companions of many royal families across Europe. These spoiled pets would be pampered and groomed as members of the nobility, and received the name “Bichon Frise”.

What I Look Like

The word “frise”, describes the characteristic long, curly, white hair of these tiny creatures. Their fluffly appearance comes as a result of the combination of a soft undercoat, and an outer layer of harsher hair. Bichon Frises are cuddly friends who always have dense, white fur.

These extremely cute dogs are very small in size. Their petite bodies mean they are very fragile and need to be handled delicately.

How I Act

Bichons have always been great companion dogs. Their friendly personalities and eagerness to please, make them a cheerful pet for any dog lover.

They are highly energetic and love to have a bit of a play. Bichon Frises are very intelligent creatures who are not afraid to show their affection.

Looking After Me

These active pooches need a regular exercise routine. Bichons will be very grateful if you take them out for a 15 minute walk every day.

Despite looking like a toy, it’s important that you handle these fragile dogs with extreme care. Young children can inadvertently hurt their little pet by playing around and smothering them in love, which is why a Bichon Frise might not be a good fit for young families.

Bichons are always seeking attention, and need to be constantly looked after. If they feel abandoned and alone, they will most likely become destructive. To avoid them from biting and tearing through everything in their path, make sure you don’t leave them alone too often.

It is common for these tiny dogs to easily become fearful or spoiled if they don’t receive proper training. To avoid bad behavior, you need to expose your Bichon to other people and animals as early as possible.

Professional grooming is essential to maintain the clean and soft appearance of this breed. Bichons need extensive care that requires time and skill, so owners might need to take them to a salon.

It might be tempting to constantly treat these adorable pooches, but restricting their diet to two small meals a day, will stop them from becoming overweight.

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Cockatiel plucking her feathers

Hi! I hope you can help me with my cockatiel, I write from Spain and here they aren't that common so vets don't know much about treating them. I have a 5 years old female cockatiel and she is very affectionate, 2 years ago I had to spend a couple of months at a hospital and my parents during that time were either working or visiting me, so she felt lonely and started plucking her feathers. Even after I went back home she continued with this behaviour and hasn't stopped. I took her to different vets, they told me to give her small amounts of a syrup that was meant for calming itching and an antibiotic in case it was something producing an itching, but neither worked. I also tried a spray called "Pluck-no-more" with the same results. In case she was lonely we got her a mate, but it may be also female since they don't pay attention to each other at all. She rubs her cloaca on the perch often but the other tiel ignores it (the pet shop said it was male but they said the same with her and then she laid an egg...). The layer that covers the feather while growing (not sure of the name in English) doesn't grow normally, looks more like bland plastic than a hard cover like the ones on my other birds pin feathers (besides her, I have another cockatiel and a lovebird). Is as if the feathers on the plucking areas aren't growing correctly. The areas she plucks are under the wings, the part where wings join the body, and the body area that is covered by the wings while resting. While plucking she lets out small cries. The fluff covers these areas so by just looking at her isn't easy to tell, unless you watch her while preening. I let her play outside of the cage very often, but lately she can't fly well and I think it may be caused by the loss of these feathers. As I said, vets in this area are more specialized in cats and dogs and know little about parrots, so I hope you can advise me since these birds are native to Australia. Is there some kind of balm or spray I can apply on her skin to soothe it? Some medicine I can ask my local vet to use? I love her and it hurts seeing her in pain everytime she preens. Any advice would be much appreciated. Greetings from Spain!