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Bichon Diet Can Bichon Eat Apples, Bananas, Pumpkin

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Bichon Frise Home Cooked Diets

Many Bichon Frise can eat Chicken, however, if a dog has already been having chicken in the diet and is diagnosed with urolithiasis then the chicken will need to be withdrawn.

Can Bichons Eat Eggs

Eggs are often seen as a good solution for dogs who can no longer have chicken in their diet and eggs are something that Bichon Frise can eat.  However, if urolithiasis first occurs in a dog with an egg diet it will need to be withdrawn.

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Can Bichons Eat Bananas

Bichon Frise can eat bananas that are high in potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and fiber making them an ideal choice as an occasional treat

.  However, as bananas are high in sugar feeding bananas and then only the soft inside fruit, never the skin should be kept to a piece as an occasional treat no more than a few times a week.  Bananas are best avoided for Bichon Frise who has been treated for urolithiasis and put onto a low magnesium diet.

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Natural Food Dog Recipes

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Because Bichon Frise can be subject to urolithiasis consideration regarding diet is recommended.  Also, it is worth noting if you have or are considering more than one Bichon Frise in your family that males and females have a tendency to different types of urolithiasis. 

Bichons Frequently Get Kidney Stones

Urolithiasis is the formation of stony concretions in the bladder or urinary tract for example bladder stones.


The female is more susceptible to Struvite uroliths whereby the cause of the urolithiasis is most often due to the purines in the DNA of the protein that they have in their diet. Other causes being urinary tract infection or the infection Staphylococcus.   Because organ meat has the highest purine content it is often considered preferable to feed female Bichon Frise an egg or dairy-based diet to meat or fish-based diet.


On the other hand male Bichon Frise are more susceptible to Urate Urolithiasis and Oxalate Urolithiasis, known as canine calcium oxalate stone than females, although they are less likely to experience Urolithiasis at all, if they do, it is more likely to be at an older age.  This does not mean that your male Bichon Frise will not be susceptible, just that fewer males to females have the problem.


Natural cheese and egg-based diet is often a good compromise.

Homemade Dog Food

  Because vegetables, eggs, and dairy proteins have fewer purines a vegetarian diet is also considered for Bichon Frise .  

 The pet parent needs to weigh up the pros and cons of such a diet and be mindful that dogs are canines, designed to eat meat.  Whilst a raw meat diet is seldom adopted for smaller breeds, it is reasonable to expect your Bichon Frise to require a mostly meat diet.  Also, if your Bichon Frise contracts urolithiasis, it is often necessary to withdraw foods, in particular proteins that they have been having. 

Consider Home Cooked Diet

So, as a caring owner, you may wish to make homemade meals for your Bichon Frise and this is certainly easy to do. 

Once you get into the habit it is easy enough to have a dog stew on the go at the same time as the family meal or to batch cook about once a week or once a month and freeze in portion size batches to defrost each day.

There are lots of brilliant ideas to ensure that the Bichon Frise has the nutrients that they need, the harder part is ensuring that they don’t have an overload or anything that they do not need that could actually cause, irritate or exacerbate Urolithiasis. 

Paul Organic Dog Food

If going down the home-cooked route, including following any of these ideas here it is well worth having a blood test done every few months to ensure that your Bichon Frise is getting all the nutrition that he or she needs and a multi-supplement powder as recommended by your vet is advised.

Organic Foods

We all know that commercial dog food often utilizes the part of the animal or animals that are not considered good enough for human consumption. 

Our dogs are a precious part of our family and it is not unreasonable for us to want them to have the best food.  Therefore, if you plan to or are using commercial dog food, that is fine, but choose one that is from a reputable brand that actually states on the pack what is in the food.

To help prevent Struvite uroliths from purines in the DNA of animal organ meat, eggs, or dairy it is sensible to go organic and only feed your Bichon Frise certified organic food that has therefore not been subject to routine antibiotics, growth hormones, or other unnecessary medicines that could have affected the animal.

Homemade Pet Diets

It is possible to buy certified organic commercial dog food.  But it is easy and satisfying to make your own.

Generally, a healthy adult Bichon Frise having moderate exercise weighing 15 pounds will require about 530 calories per day.

  Remember this includes treats and is spread over the meals they have. The amount of food any dog has per day needs to be based on their condition and activity level with other factors to consider being healthy and age.

5 Natural Recipes

These recipes, therefore, are based on a middle-aged healthy Bichon Frise of average weight.

  1. Chicken and Brown Rice with Peas and Rosemary
  2. Egg and Potato with Cottage Cheese and Oregano
  3. Beef and Carrot with Greek Yoghurt
  4. Turkey, Sweet Potato, Egg, Peas, and Beans
  5. Sardines and white Rice with Parsley

Quantities are given per day and take into account that your Bichon Frise will enjoy some treats or snacks as well within their total calorie intake.

Always allow to cool before feeding and divide the food between 2 meals per day.

1. Chicken and Brown Rice with Peas and Rosemary

For 2 portions, 1 day you will need:

60g Brown Rice

 ½ tablespoon Olive Oil for frying

A few Rosemary chopped leaves (about 6)

100g Chicken off the bone

½ cup of peas (fresh or frozen)

½ cup chicken stock (no salt)

Your chosen canine supplement

Cook the rice as per pack instructions, for Bichon Frise ensure the rice is fully cooked.  Gently fry the Rosemary leaves until soft, add the chicken and gently sauté until cooked.  Do not drain, add the peas and stock, warm gently. Drain the rice and mix into the chicken mixture.  Allow to cool before serving.

2. Egg and Potato with Cottage Cheese

For 2 portions, 1 day you will need:

2 boiled eggs sliced or chopped

120g potato

30g cottage cheese

1 Teaspoon chopped fresh Oregano or sprinkle of dried Oregano

Your chosen canine supplement

Peal and boil the potatoes until just about soft enough to mash.  Keep the potato water.  Mash the potato with the cottage cheese and add the sliced boiled eggs. Add a tablespoon of the potato water, the oregano and mix in, serve once cooled.

3. Beef and Carrot with Yoghurt

For 2 portions, 1 day you will need:

100g lean beef stewing steak

20g washed tripe

1 small peeled and chopped carrot

50g potato

1 tablespoon porridge oats

Vegetable stock to cover (can use potato stock from previous recipe).

1 teaspoon sunflower oil

50g Plain full fat yogurt

Your chosen canine supplement

Cut the beef and tripe into bite size pieces and gently stew with the carrots, potato oregano and parsley until tender.  This works very well with a pressure cooker. Add the oats with some extra water if necessary for the last 8 minutes.  Once cooled to room temperature stir in the yogurt.

Important: If freezing this meal, do not add the yogurt before freezing, defrost and then stir in the yogurt before feeding.

4. Turkey, Sweet Potato, Egg, Peas and Beans

For 2 portions, 1 day you will need:

120g sweet potato

A few peas and chopped French beans

½ Tablespoon Sunflower Oil

120g Turkey chopped or minced

1 Egg, beaten

Your chosen canine supplement

Steam the sweet potato, peas and beans until tender, meanwhile, add the oil to a pan and gently fry the turkey with the egg until cooked.  Add the vegetables to the meat and egg mixture, add a sprinkle of parsley.

5. Sardines (Pilchards) and white Rice with Parsley

For 2 portions, 1 day you will need:

50g cooked and cooled white rice

1 120g tin Sardines in oil

The oil from the can

A little chopped parsley

Your chosen canine supplement

Simply mix all ingredients together and serve.

It is recommended that rather than choose a single recipe that a varied diet is fed to Bichon Frise.  If your dog is overweight the Turkey, Beef, and Chicken above have the least calories, the Sardine calorie count (434) can be reduced by only adding part of the oil.  If your dog is underweight and has a good appetite, increase the quantities of oil, rice, or potato in any of the recipes.

Choosing Quality Dog Foods

Bichon Friendly Herbs

Rosemary is a very dog friendly herb being high in iron, calcium, and Vitamin B6 and it has cleansing and antioxidant properties.

Parsley is the fresh breath herb and contains lycopene and carotenes as well as some flavonoids, antioxidants, and vitamin C and traces of other vitamins.

Oregano is a brilliant herb for the digestive system and can help prevent diarrhoea and gas.

Avoid adding Peppermint Oil or herb to your Bichon Frise diet as it has been suggested that it can produce uroliths which are one of the things you need to avoid.

Prutitus / Itching

Bichon Frise is also prone to itching (pruritus) and this can be due to a food allergy.  It is therefore advisable to avoid foods that may cause an allergy and this can be difficult as a heightened system can be prone to easily upset from foods that would not otherwise cause a problem. 

Wheat and Soya, which are known causes of pruritus have therefore been excluded from these recipes, and organic meat that does not contain additives is strongly advised. 

Also, if buying hamburger meat for your dog, be mindful of the salt and other additive content as salt is not good for breeds prone to Urolithiasis, and preservatives are not recommended.

A lot of common foods can cause allergens and by avoiding additives there is less chance of your Bichon Frise developing an allergy problem.

According to Susan Wynn, a former president of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, The common allergens in all breeds of dogs

Bichon Allergens

  • Wheat,
  • Soy,
  • Beef,
  • Dairy,
  • Egg,
  • Chicken,
  • Lamb,
  • Pork,
  • Rabbit,
  • Fish,
  • and she advises that most dogs are usually allergic to more than one thing. 


This brings us back to hypersensitivity, which we want to avoid, where the heightened immune system is sensitive to a far greater number of factors due to a perceived attack from an allergen. 


When supplementing your Bichon Frise’s diet with snacks, consider the wheat, soya, and additive content of the treat, it is often possible to feed a small quantity of these without ill effect in the healthy Bichon Frise, but withdraw immediately if pruritus of urolithiasis occurs.  Really, they are best avoided altogether and there are healthy snack choices you can offer your dog.

Just like commercial food, it is possible to buy ready-made snacks and treats for dogs that are free from likely allergens.

It is also easy to offer alternatives.  So, consider the following:

  • Apple cut into chunks
  • Carrot cut into chunks
  • Baked Sweet Potato and Carrot Strips
  • Herby Oat Flapjack

In Moderation:

  • Pieces of Banana (not the skin)
  • Pineapple Chunks
  • Peanut Butter (must be additive-free)
  • Sausage chunks

Recipes for Healthy Snacks

*Recipes for Baked Sweet Potato and Carrot Strips and Herby Oat Flapjack

Sweet Potato and Carrot Strips

You will need:

  • Roasting dish lightly oiled
  • Sweet Potato and Carrots washed and cut into strips
  • A little oil
  • Chopped parsley

Pour the oil into a bowl or tray, mix in the herb and stir in the vegetables to douse them.

Spreads over the tin and oven bake for approximately 30 minutes at an average temperature and allow to cool, store in the refrigerator until required and use within 1 week.

Herby Oat and Flapjack

For 10 treats you will need:

  • Oiled tin or baking tray
  • 1 cup of porridge oats
  • 1 teaspoon oat bran
  • 2 teaspoons Oregano, Rosemary or Parsley or a mixture
  • 2 dessertspoons sunflower oil
  • 1 beaten egg
  • A little stock or water if very dry

Add the oats to a bowl with the oatmeal and herbs and mix in.  Add the sunflower oil and stir well, add a little more if still dry.  Add the egg and mix well.  Form into small balls or flatten into a baking tray.  If dry add a little stock or water, if too wet add some more oat bran.

Cook for approximately 8-10 minutes at 190C.  Allow to cool before feeding.

Store in an airtight tin.

If your Bichon Frise has suffered and been treated for struvite uroliths a special diet may be required and this diet will need to be

lower in protein, phosphorus, and magnesium and therefore it is wise to remove any bananas and yogurt from their diet.  It is also sensible to consider a therapeutic diet and additives from your vet to promote acidic urine.  Sometimes a vet will put your dog onto a temporary diet to help dissolve the stones and this will only be temporary, so be guided by your vet what to feed in these instances.

It is well worth utilising strategies in the diet of a Bichon Frise to prevent struvite uroliths and as well as natural organic food a low protein diet may be advised after minor symptoms.

Cushing’s Disease

Another health condition to consider is Cushing’s disease which is mostly caused by a small growth of the pituitary gland or occasionally the adrenal gland.  This can be caused naturally and perceived as normal and unavoidable.   Or it can develop if your dog has been treated with prolonged high level of steroids as a side-effect of corticosteroid medication leads to disruption of their normal metabolism. 

Fortunately, Cushing’s disease is easily managed by the vet and when treated does not impact normal, happy life.  However, this is another reason for choosing a healthy diet option for your Bichon Frise to lessen the chances of developing any of these problems that they are pre-disposed to.


Whilst following the above advice cannot guarantee successful avoidance of urolithiasis, pruritus or Cushing’s disease that Bichon Frise along with many other breeds are susceptible to, the suggestions offer healthy ideas that helps avoid the possible occurrence of the problems.

It is essential that all dogs have access to freshwater.  This is even more important for Bichon Frise and absolutely essential that water is always available if fed on a dry diet. This will help the Dog to keep impurities washed out. and keep acid levels down,

Top 10 Bichon Designer Breeds / Parents /Size / Video

Designer MixParentsSizeVideo
MaltichonBichon / MalteseHeight / 8-11 inches
Weight / 8 - 13 lbs
Bichpoo Bichon / PoodleHeight / 9 - 14 inches
Weight / 6 - 9 lbs
Shichon Bichon / Shih TzuHeight / 9 - 12 inches
Weight / 10 - 15lbs
Yorkie BichonBichon / YorkieHeight / 9 - 12 inches
Weight / 6 - 8 lbs
Bichon Yorkie
Chi Chon Bichon / ChihuahuaHeight / 8 - 10 Inches
Weight / 6 - 10 Lbs
Chi Chon
KashonBichon / Cairn TerrierHeight / 9 - 15 Inches
Weight / 10 -18 Lbs
Goldichon Bichon / Golden RetrieverHeight/15 - 20 inches
Weight /20-40 Lbs
ChonzerBichon / Miniature SchnauzerHeight /10-16 inches
Weight / 25-35 lbs
Glechon Bichon / Beagle Height /15-16 inches
Weight / 15-35 lbs
Corgi Bichon / CorgiHeight /11-13 inches
Weight / 31-37 lbs
List of the Designer Breeds from the Bichon Frise
Name - Link for Research
Parents - Breeds of Dogs
Size Height / Weight
Video - Video of the Bichon Designer Breed

Chart of Bichon Birthing Accessories

Breeder BoxDo Not used Wired Dog cage
HeaterWe use space heater for whole Room
scaleTo Weigh Puppies make sure they are Gaining Weight
Clean towelsChande during Birthing to clean up
Protected SpaceKeep Mother away from other Dogs to avoid Distress
Draft ProtectionDrafts can chill and kill a Puppy
Squash protectionMothers can accidently squash a puppy
clean bedding to replace after birth - will be wet
SeclusionNeeds her Privacy - she can get Hyper
Rubber GlovesKeep things Clean and from Blood
Scisorrs & ThreadFor Cutting Cord
List of Needed Items to Have Prepared For Puppy Birth

Puppy Birthing Complications

If UnsureTake to Vet If Time allows
Keep Mother IsolatedIf Other dogs around she could get defensive and accidently Hurt Puppies
Puppy Accidentally CrushedMake sure Not Giving Birth in Dog cage - puppies can work themselves through mesh and get Damaged
Not BreathingGently Give it Mouth to mouth
Not breathingMassage Puppy trying to gently force fluid from his lungs
Puppy StuckGently Pull
Puppy BreechHelp Guide legs out
Puppy ColdRaise Enviorment to 85 degrees
Puppy ColdChange Wet Bedding
Puppy ColdWarm Puppy up put on Your body till body heat warms him
Puppy ColdNo drafts - No metal Floor Pan on Cage
Puppy not going on NippleHelp Guide him to nipple till he gets hand of it
Puppy not feedingTry Small baby Bottle
let him suck - do not force him - can drown him with milk going in lungs
Puppy not feedingUse puppy Milk Supplement
Puppy Not feeding check for Cleft Palate
Puppy Not FeedingTake to Vet - he can show you Catheter Feeding
Puppy Not GrowingMake sure Mother has plenty Food Water
Puppy Not GrowingYou can check on scale
Labor stops or is prolonged over 24 hours Take to vet - C section can save litter and Mother if needed
Mother does not Remove MembraneYou will Need to Manually remove it
Mother does not chew through Umbilical CordYou will need to cut it 1/2 " away from puppies body tier with thread
Here is a List of Puppy Birth Complications you might Encounter
And Recommended Steps

Expense Table for Owning Bichons Frise

Average Cost of AKC PuppyPuppy ShotsFoodGrooming 4 / per yearCage / Accessories / Bowls / Brushes / Leash / CollarAKC - Registration
Within 6 Months of Purchase
Micro ChipYearly Meds
Heart Worm
Dog LicenseTotal InvestmentPuppies Possible / Year
$ 450 - No Breeding Rights$ 120$ 10 / Wk
High Quality Food
$ 45 ea / $180 YrCage - $50
Rest - 50
$ 35$ 45 - One Time Cost
By Vet
Heart Worm Meds - $60 / Yr
Worming - $ 30 / YR
$ 35 / Yr$ 1575 / Dog1-6 Puppies
Average 3
$ 750 - $ 950
Puppy with AKC Papers and No Restrictions
Total Investment
This Table just shows you the Expenses in Keeping a Bichon That we have found in Owning a Bichon

Breeds Descended from Water Dogs

Name of BreedCountry of Origin
American Water SpanielUnited States
Cantabrian Water DogSpain
English Water SpanielEngland
Irish water SpanielIreland
Lagotto RomagnoioItaly
Portuguese Water DogPortugal
Pudelpointer Germany
Spanish water DogSpain
Tweed water SpanielEngland
This a list of Breeds that have Descended from Medival times Water Dogs- used by Hunters

Bichon Frise Resource Links

Bichon Frise Club of AmericaUnited StatesLink
Bichon Frise AKCUnited StatesLink
Bichon Frise United Kennel ClubUKLink
Resources for Bichon Frise Owners and Breeders

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