Bichon Frise lifespan averages out at between 12 and 13 years. These little dogs owe their long life expectancies to their size, and the relative lack of life-limiting diseases in their genetics. The oldest Bichons survive well into their teens, and many owners are keen to know how they can make sure their pup is among them. Today we’ll share the secrets to a long lived dog by comparing the Bichon Frise lifespan with other breeds. We’ll also take a look at factors such as health, fitness, diet, weight, exercise, stress and illness that can shorten or lengthen your dog’s life quite dramatically.
What is a Bichon Frise?
Fluffy white Bichon Frises have been treasured companion dogs for hundreds of years. Their size is a perfect balance of small enough for apartment living, but sturdy enough that their owners don’t have to cosset them against the big bad world.
For generations, Bichon Frise breeders have chosen the friendliest, most charming and good natured dogs to breed from. Which means that today their puppies have very consistently outgoing and people-focused personalities. Their popularity makes them a true ‘cult classic’ dog breed.
Average Bichon Frise Lifespan
Typically Bichon Frise dogs live into their teens. Companion dogs like the Bichon Frise are often treated and loved like fully-fledged members of the family. So most Bichon parents wish their dog could go on living with them forever. Whilst that’s not possible, the good news is that Bichon Frise lifespans are typically very long-lived indeed.
This 2010 study of dog mortality included 34 Bichon Frise dogs who passed away between 1994 and 2004. Their average lifespan was 12 years 11 months, and one lucky pup survived for 16 years 5 months.
Then in 2013, this study of canine life expectancy included 56 Bichon Frise dogs who died in the UK between 2009 and 2011. This time the data revealed an average lifespan of 12 years and 7 months.
Half of the Bichons recorded in the second study lived for between 9 years 6 months, and 14 years 9 months. And the oldest lived for over 18 years! Even better news – some scientists believe that the results of this type of research consistently underestimate lifespan.
Bichon Frise Lifespan Compared With Other Breeds
Both of the studies above also included information about the average lifespan across all purebred dogs. The 2010 study calculated an average lifespan among pedigree dogs of 11 years 3 months. And the 2013 study found an average life expectancy among pedigree dogs of 11 years 11 months.
So, the plucky Bichon Frise can expect to live longer than a lot of other purebred pooches. In fact the 2010 study went even further, and included the Bichon Frise in their summary of the most long-lived dog breeds, alongside terriers, Dachshunds and Miniature Poodles.
And have you already noticed what else they have in common?
Factors Affecting Lifespan
That’s right, it’s their size!
Research into canine life expectancy consistently finds that lifespan is inversely correlated to body mass. Or in other words, the smaller a dog breed is, the longer it lives.
Bichon Frises weigh just 12 to 18 pounds. Not quite small enough to place them in the Toy Group, but very compact nonetheless. Their life expectancy is long compared to the all-breed average, but on a par with other breeds of a similar size, such as Cairn Terriers and Lhasa Apso.
Health vs Lifespan
Another reason Bichon Frise lifespan is so long is because they have few heritable health conditions which cause them to die prematurely. But of course, like all pedigree dogs they are vulnerable to some hereditary conditions which can affect their quality of life, and indirectly the how long they live for too.
Bichon Frise Lifespan And Joint Disorders
According to test results collected by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals Canine Health Information Center, just shy of 1 in 12 Bichon Frise dogs have hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is a growth abnormality of the hip joint, which causes pain, arthritis, and lameness.
Furthermore, approximately 1 in 30 Bichons experience patella luxation. Patella luxation is when the knee joint dislocates easily and frequently.
Neither of these conditions is life threatening, but they can be extremely painful, and expensive to manage. Once the possibilities for managing them have been exhausted, or if an owner can’t afford to manage them any longer, then they might have to euthanize their Bichon before they reach the normal life expectancy.
To avoid this heartbreaking situation, only purchase a Bichon Frise puppy from health tested parents – more on this in a moment!
Other Factors Affecting Bichon Frise Lifespan
Besides hereditary factors, a Bichon Frise’s life expectancy is affected by environmental and lifestyle factors:
Obesity Reduces Lifespan
Obesity is an increasing problem for all breeds of dogs. Obese dogs have decreased quality of life and overall life expectancy relative to healthy weight dogs. This us due to the strain being overweight puts on their heart and other internal organs.
Regular Exercise and Mental Stimulation
Getting daily exercise and frequent mental stimulation can also improve dogs’ overall health and contribute to a long lifetime, as does a nutritious diet.
There are several preventable diseases, like parasitic infections, that also reduce your dog’s overall health and life expectancy if they’re left untreated.
But luckily, as you’ve likely already realised, these are all obstacles to a long Bichon Frise lifespan which are easily avoided!
Increasing Bichon Frise Lifespan
For all of us and our dogs, living a longer than average life is partly down to genetics, and a large helping of luck. But just like we make healthy lifestyle choices for ourselves, we can make them for our dogs too. Not only do they increase the odds of a puppy living for a long time, but they enhance the quality and enjoyment of that time too.
- Feed your Bichon Frise the most nutritious diet you can afford.
- Make sure you understand how they should look when they’re a healthy weight. If you’re uncertain about this, ask your vet to point out how defined their waist should be, and how to feel whether their ribs have the right amount of fat covering them.
- Keep up to date with immunizations and preventative treatments for fleas and worms, as recommended by your vet.
Avoiding Separation Anxiety
Your Bichon Frise will also live for human company – it’s in their breeding, and very much a part of who they are. And it means that they may be prone to separation anxiety if left alone for long periods. Elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol during these periods can result in:
- further anxiety in other situations too
- an increased risk of heart disease
- and a suppressed immune system.
Which could ultimately shave precious time off their life expectancy too. To protect your dog and increase Bichon Frise lifespan, commit to making sure they have human company for most of the day, and dedicate lots of time to interacting with them and playing games.
Choosing A Healthy Bichon Frise Puppy
One of the most important things you can do to increase your Bichon Frise lifespan is choose them from a breeder who prioritized their health from the very beginning.
The OFA recommends that all breeding Bichons be screened for hip dysplasia, luxating patellas and eye disease. Breeding dogs can also be tested for:
- the neurological disorder degenerative myelopathy
- heart disease
- and Legg-Calves-Perthes disease – another malformation of the hip joint.
Your breeder should know whether there is any family history of these ailments, and screen their dogs for them if so.
My son B-Jay was 17 yrs 7 m and 21 days old when I had to let him go. I got transferred for wk when he was 15 yrs and didn’t much like going from rain forest BC to central Canada to the -0 to -25 wi terms. He was doing well health wise until a month before his passing. He started having bowel problems and in the last wk of his life started having seizures and wouldn’t eat. The Dr felt he had an aggressive brain tumour and could give him meds to help w appetite, seizures and bowels but he would only get worse. In the last month he also started to yelp a sound he never made before. He would do that when I left the room. But I made the difficult choice to let him go because that was what was best for him. I miss him terribly he was the first dog I’d ever had. But now I have a new daughter names Kayra who is a Portuguese Water Dog. Now although B-Jay was very active his entire life a Portuguese Water Dog is in an entirely new category and she is fast. But she’ll never replace B-Jay only live along side him in perpetuity.
Pauline hope says
Aaawww we call our Susie susie Q too … she’s going to be 12 in july … Hearing going and cant walk too far now without her back legs going .. We love our Susie too and my BC Alfie who is 4 absolutely adores her x
Linda Kutz says
My Charlie bichon is going on 15 in Feb, 2023. He has traveled with us by car and boat his whole life. His back legs are weak now, he cant jump and only runs around when extremely happy (like my grandchildren come over or we get home from a car ride.) His appetite is good and I control his arthritic pain with the help of my vet. He still tells us when its time to go to bed but he likes his sleeping conditions to be on the cool side. So even in Illinois, the window is cracked open at night. He is a creature of habit feeding, meds, bedtime. He too is hard of hearing and I say he cant see well but he still barks at the door window when I drive in the driveway. He is happiest doing pretty much nothing, but he still goes wherever we go. I wont give up until he lets me know he’s had enough. Best dog I ever had.
My bichon Buddy is 17 1/2 years old and doing well how old is the oldest bichon?
My Flynn died a week ago , today , 15 yrs and 3 months . I am heartbroken. He was the youngest of three ; Coco who is 15 1/2 years , has dementia and had a seizure on Monday but is fine now . Bing my constant best friend is 16 years and 10 months , still minding me ❤️
My Sammie is 15 yrs and 2 months. He is blind now and has sundowners. His back legs are giving out on him a lot lately and I think his hearing is getting bad. He also has arthritis. The vet said his quality of life isn’t good and I need to consider having him put down but haven’t been able to yet
I’d say if he’s happy and enjoys your company, eats and sleeps ok that your vet is wrong! Have you tried Metacam for arthritis? My Emma will be 16 in August! She’s much like your Sammie ! Don’t give up hope ❤️❤️❤️
My Rocky had all those symptoms, PLUS he started having random seizures that was caused by dementia. Our vet said the same thing to us when we took him in for his Bi-Yearly senior check-up. It was hard but we eventually had him euthanized on March 13th of 2021, he was 17 plus years old! It was a very difficult decision, we loved him so much! BUT we took comfort in the fact that he lived a LONG and happy life, longer than the average Bichon Frise,which we attributed to him being showered with so much love. But he is in a better place now, pain-free and healthy. Keep those two things in mind when the time finally comes and you will smile (eventually) instead of cry when you think of your beloved pet!
Charlene Boesler says
My 13 yr 7mos bichon, Suzi Q has grade 5 murmur. She is on heart meds.some days has a hearty appetite, some days no appetite. She loves going for a walk, we keep her walks short. Suzi seems to be happy but has slowed down in the last 6 mos. Suzi has lost most of her hearing in the last 6mos. We ❤️ her!
We just said goodbye to our dear Bichon Henry two days ago, on May 9, 2022. He was sixteen and a half. I am heartbroken and adored him so much. In the end, he lost all strength in his back legs and was unable to walk around the house. Even though his mobility had been declining, the sudden loss of his back legs made it impossible for him to live comfortably.
Our Mia passed away on Sept 8, 2020 at age 15. At age 10 her hind legs gave out so the vet repaired both hind legs and she was young again until her passing. But never give up hope!!!
My dear Spanky passed away on Tuesday evening. He was 11 years and 9 months. He also had surgery on his back leg. I notice after Christmas he started slowing up. He passed out the other day and I took him to the Vet. Doctors were getting ready to run tests and came back and said “I’m sorry” . Spanky didn’t make it. This was the saddest news They suspect tumor near his heart. I cried and cried. I had him since he was around 6 weeks. He was like my child. I miss him so much and I’m grateful for the many years of life I experience with him and he was such a helper! Rest dear Spanky Rest!
R. Franks says
Our Kandy is almost 17 years old. She has problems seeing and hearing and has arthritis. She has had one attack of bladder stones and has multiple warts. However, never seriously Ill. She is truely a member of our entire family and loved very much.
We lost Sir Bentley last night. It hurts so bad when I go in the yard. I’m looking for him. He was so loving. Bentley was my daughter baby. Keep us In prayers. No more dogs here.
Hello, our beloved Tyson Just passed away at 16 years old He’s got real sick, started having seizures and so he is no longer with us. We truly believe that he Was a blessing In our household.We’re still trying to manage our loss for our beloved Tyson was truly The best Companion Lovable pet in the world We celebrate your life with your pet too.
Our beloved Cookie just suddenly passed away on the 28 July
with no warning . He had a pre-existing heart murmur but was his usual happy self on our daily walks.He turned a corner & was rushed into ICU but showed little progress over night. Vet suggested euthanasia. We were devastated . I cried so much & miss him. I think of him everyday as he has left lost of memories behind. I talk to him inside me & am relieved to know he is pain free & RIP
Lost our 15 year Mia in Sept 2020.
In Nov 2020 picked up Joy as our new Bichon.
Will and can never forget Mia.
But Joy is a treasure too so get another Bichon to ease the pain,
We have 2 Bichon’s. Sammie is 14, 15 in June. Casey is 13, 14 in November. Other then Arthritis, they both are doing well
Our little girl Maddie is 17 years and 8 months old. She has trouble seeing sometimes and has some arthritis. Still loves to snuggle. We had my mother-in-law’s Bichon until she was 17 years and 10 months old. She went blind before she died. These little Bichons are the best fur babies ever! Maddie understands me and loves to be with me.
My Bichon Dolly is 16 years old she can’t hear to well anymore and she can’t see to well but she is still active and loves to play with our Maltese which is only 3 years old I am hoping dolly is one that will make it to 20 years old she still eats well and loves to go to the park
Fred Reagan says
Our Bichon Pebbles was 14.5 years old. I knew our time was growing near, and I hated going to work leaving her every day. It’s like they wonder where you’re going and want to be near you. She acted normal a lot of the time but all the little health things start adding up. I wanted to extend her life as far as possible, but in the end they tell you when it’s time. She was so sick the day we put her down. Did we wait too long and put her thru torture? This is the question I ask my self. My Pebbles was a very loving companion.
My little bichon.is9 years
Been with me sense. She was 1 year old
She became my service dog
She lives her job and. 💘
Our precious Bichon is 16 years and almost 8 months. She is showing signs of aging, old dog syndrome. Hearing and seeing have slowly deteriorated over the past couple years. Loss of bladder and bowl over the past several months. Just recently she has been experiencing changes in sleep patterns, barking (more like yelping) several times throughout the night for no real reason. Checking with the vet to see if there is anything we can do for her…..and also us because we are up a lot at night.
Great dog, so fortunate to have her!
My BOO fluff is 14 pretty blind.uses papers during the night then back in bed.
Hearing is good.
Healthy appetite and drinks and sleeps lots.
Insatiable thirst related to kidney disease I have been told.
Nikken mattress pad and ne stay on,them all the time.
Very healing and restotrative.
Do not board .. do not leave the house without them ..not in warm weather.
Gets more needy and clingy with age but one less lovable
Hello, our sweet Rufus was 16 yrs old. We had him put to sleep yesterday as his dementia was advancing at a rapid pace in the last two months. I’m up at 5am, crying and missing him so very much. Life won’t be the same.
My Beau was one month short of 18 years. He had bleeding from his tooth and did not tolerate being sedated. He was put to sleep Jan. 15, 2022. Miss him so much. This is a wonderful breed!
I’m so sorry for you
We had to put our baby Ariel to sleep on 2/22/2022. Just two days ago. I never knew I could cry this much.
My Buddy would have been 15 1/2 years old on 7/11/2022. After his last rabies vaccine in June, he started having seizures and kidney failure and wasn’t able to swallow well anymore. Today, July 8, 2022, at 12:45p I had to put him down. My sweet boy went so peacefully and I miss him so much already. These bichons are so wonderful and such sweet and compassionate companions. I will cherish his love forever in my heart and, as I whispered him away to puppy heaven, I told him I’d see him again and I know he will be running into my arms on that day. Until then, I will carry a piece of his precious heart in mine. Farewell, for now, my Buddy and my friend, I love you forever
Your message just made me cry, I just got the dreaded news this weekend that my little girl 14.3 yrs old Miney has a heart tumor and there is nothing they can do. They gave us meds to make her comfortabble and it’s day by day. I have her and her brother, and we are heart broken. I can’t stop crying . I see so many posts of other Bichons living longer and it aches my heart to wonder what I could’ve done differently. This pain is unbearable….and I know it is a result of the tremendous joy she has brought us ❤️
Fred Bruce Reagan says
Our Bischon was 14 years and 5 months old (the love of my life) we had to put her down yesterday. I’m having a tough time with it. Pebbles was her name she had been throwing up yellowish bile yesterday, and collapsed in it. We felt it was time to go to the dog hospital where they said they saw a mass possibly cancerous. I’m not a pet person but Pebbles was so lovable I quickly attached my heart to her.I cried all day and miss her terribly. My life won’t be the same either.
So sorry for you loss. I had to put my baby Ariel to sleep two days ago. I loved her so very much.and am heartbroken. I’ll keep you in my prayers. Sorry again for your loss.
Jules Knight says
We have 3 Bichons
Mummy Ellie (aged 13 years & 5 months) & 2 of her babies Rosie & beau beau both ( aged 11 yrs & 5 months)
For the past 6 weeks Rosie has been Bringing back a little yellow bile with 2/3 small pieces of partially digested dry food
About 3 times a week on average
We’ve mentioned this to our vet who suggested we change her diet to a fresh plain food diet ( we cooked boiled chicken , plain boiled rice , broccoli & carrots … she loved it .. well all 3 lived it .. also started her on pro biotic tablets 2 a day
Jules Knight says
Can any one identify with this problem & help us on any way
Studies show the average live span for Bichon Frise are 12 to 13 years. My rocky crushed that study by living to 17 plus years! Count yourself lucky Fred, Jeannine, Martha and Dyan. Cherish and remember all the extra years you had with your beloved canine! Morn, cry BUT know that they are in a better place, although not with you anymore, they are pain free, are not blind and can walk-run even without limitations.
I did not cry when we had to euthanize my Rocky, not because I wasn’t sad or heartless, But because I KNEW he was going to a better place, a place that I chose to send him because I loved him so much that I HAD to do it! Not for me but for him! Because I knew he was suffering, I could see it in his hazy-white eyes (he had gone blind years before) every time I looked into his expressionless face AND it galvanized me, gave my the strength to do the right thing.
That was in March, the 13th of 2021.
Every year, on his birthday (August 23rd) we get a cake or ice cream and celebrate his life, keeping his memory alive and in our hearts, our love for him has not diminished!
Gwen L says
My delightful Chevy is a Bichon who is 16 years and 9 months old. He has always been a very healthy dog until a few weeks ago. Last month, the vet found a large, aggressive tumor at the back of his mouth and suggested the alternatives of cancer diagnosis and treatment or euthanasia. He said that the cancer treatment would probably only prolong Chevy’s life by a couple of months. Chevy has been acting fairly normal for the past three weeks but he is beginning to show signs of distress. I realize the end is near and I don’t want him to suffer but I am struggling with letting go of my beloved companion. I’m a senior citizen who lives alone so it has just been Chevy and me for nearly his entire lifetime. I want to do what is best for Chevy. This is so much harder than I ever envisioned that it would be.
My 13-year-old Bichon Cody was healthy other than elevated liver enzymes up until July of this year. The vet had prescribed a liver supplement which had almost brought them down to normal. Then we found a growth in his mouth that was diagnosed as aggressive lymphoma. So heartbreaking as we feel he is almost like a real person. Smart, attentive, docile and so well behaved when we take him anywhere. Vet said probably only would be 1 to 3 months But he has lasted almost 5 months and just is starting to Become weaker but still eating drinking, Taking walks and still occasionally runs around outside. Was wondering if lymphoma is becoming more common in Bichon’s? This is my third Bichon and the other two lived to be 14 1/2 and 17 years.
Nicoleen Hartman says
Thank you for all the re-assurance.
Our Bischon is almost 12 and very healthy. She is not overweight, and quite tiny.
Eyesight seems perfect and hearing maybe a little less so, as we realise she does not respond on fireworks like she did before.
Everybody loves her and she is the Belle of the town here. Nobody believes she is almost 12 as she still react like a puppy around other dogs.
Our Blizzard is 11.5 and has developed a large abdominal tumor. We are spoiling him and making him comfortable. The hard decision will have to be made here in the next few days.
He was the dog that made my youngest get over her fear of dogs and is the best dog I ever had.
I’m so sorry to hear that my little sully boy had one as well we had it removed and he seemed so much happier without it but developed other issues he lived to 13 and very very sadly we had to put him to rest yesterday I am so very upset and am taking it very hard enjoy your dog I wish you the best
Laraine Chamberlain says
My Beau bichon is 16 years 8 months old but has now got CHF but is still fairly lively.
Dreading the day I lose him
Connie Utri says
Our Brandi is 10yrs and 10 months. She was just diagnosed with the start of kidney failure! She is going down hill fast. She is my life and is going to be one of my worst days when she leaves us.
My bichon is 12 and has the same problem I have to make decision in next two weeks ,heartbreak
My Lou is 13 1/2 yrs old. Love him dearly . Best dog ever.
Karen Mahoney says
We have a Bichon who will be 12 in November. He has been very healthy and still is, but he is showing signs of dementia. He’s doing strange things such as barking at his water dish – afraid to drink his water, laying by his food dish and sleeping more. He seems to have a lot more anxiety as well.
Our Fluffy is 16 1/2. She recently got old dog vestibular disease which she is recovering from. She is not in any pain. She is also deaf with cataracts but acts like she is still a puppy. She is playful, stubborn and a wonderful companion. She is a part of our family and can’t imagine life without her!
Linda medure says
My Bichon Buddy is 16 1/2 years old February 23 2005 lives in NY He is very healthy & still runs around with my cats every day
My vet says his blood work is terrific
Hello all. Well I am amazed at the many Bichons living over 15! My Bichon Micky will be 17 in September. I inherited him from my father 3 years ago when he passed away just before his 96th birthday and my step mother June who is now in aged care at 94 and is amazing. He was really Junes dog. She bought two but unfortunately his brother passed away a few years ago. I don’t really think he’s been the same. Misses his ol play buddy. Mickys doing quite well. Quite deaf eyesight not the best but still runs when we walk even with bad leg. Had severe bladder stones 2 years ago. Vet said worst he had ever seen! But pulled through. Hmm I told the parents to stop feeding him under the table. Even oats and cream! Anyway I got his weight down and onto vets diet. A little tuna now and then because he loves it! He still looks like a young dog as people tell me when I walk him. And just loves his food (too much) goes around in circles when I feed him. The last emails description of her beloved dog is the same as mine. A bit grouchy. Likes his big leather chair to sleep and sleeps near me in his own bed on floor. Follows me everywhere. I try not to leave him alone. He is going to hairdresser with me today up in Brisbane Australia 1.5 hours away. We live on the Gold Coast. Now that’s commitment! To the my old hairdresser I mean. ha ha.
He’s been a joy and alot of work. Sounds like the child i never had. They come into our lives when we need them. Love him dearly. Better finish or will be late for hair appointment. He’s having his next week. Cheers to all.
Our adorable Bichon Frise/Shit zu will be 15 in October. This little man is the cutest thing ever. He has had a mast cell tumor(cancerous) removed off his back, has had numerous eye/ear infections. He is fully blind as well as diabetic so he gets insulin twice a day. This little man or as we call him “Our little hambini is the most loveable cuddly dog. Still loves to play with his toys and gets super excited when Grandma and Grandpa come over. Nice to hear that they have a nice long life expectancy.
Angela Florine says
My sweet boy will be 15 in October as well! Poor eyes and ears as well. Holding bowel and bladder for her long is also getting to be an issue. If he has to go we have to pick up on his que immediately! I still wouldn’t trade him for anything and hope he stays with us for a couple more years!
David Oconnell says
Just said goodbye to our 16 year old Muffin. Such a loving and lovable breed.
Jody L Bonaiuto says
I am so sorry for your loss. I know you are heart broken.
I am also so sorry to read of your loss. I lost my BF ,Beau, three weeks ago and am really tore up over his passing. He was 12 y.o. and the best buddy I ever had. I decided this week to look for a puppy as Beau’s passing has really got me feeling bad and want to find another guy to bring up in my retirement. Best of everything to you and your’s.
Patti Harada says
You’ve made a good decision in my opinion. The love we feel, give and receive, is essential to our own health. And the baby you bring into your life is sure to get the most loving care possible. I’m happy for your decision!
My Bichon was also named Muffin. She lived to be 15 and a half. We had to put her down because of a brain Tumor. We will always love and miss her.
Chris s. says
We have a beautiful Bichon her name is Kalie she was19yrs on June 11th/21
She has arthritis is blind and hearing loss. Gets around. Still love’s her food and treats. Drinks a lot of water. Sleeps on our bed at night. Never wakes up. We feed her boiled rice, and boiled chicken and hamburger with fish. And a little dry food.
We also have her daughter Daisy who is 17yrs. Who is doing great too.
Love our little dogs.
Wow what amazing ages! I have a 13 year old Bichon and 9 month old! Our 13 year old is also deaf and has arthritis, it seems to be really common!
Labron Bain says
I have one that is 16 years old and is still going strong even though he is blind in one eye . I’m a truck driver and he goes everywhere with me .
Patti Harada says
LOL! I’ll bet the two of you get lots of love and affection from your acquaintances at the truck stops. I know that when I’m traveling and stop for gas, I’m enthralled by men and women with their furry sidekicks! My best to you both!
Our Bichon Frisr, Joli, is sixteen years old. He has arthritis and a loss of some hearing, but is still happy. While he sleeps a lot, he still loves to take walks and eat. He is a joy. We adore him.
Hello, my Bichon Mya is 9years and 6 months old. She had a tumour in her liver removed on Dec 29th just gone. We had a check up in March and she has 2 more Tumors that were 1.5cm. I just brought her to the vet June 17th and the 2 tumors are now 5cm. The vet said he wouldn’t recommend operating again as it’s not always successful the second time around. The vets advice was if it were his dog he would let her live out her days and he said she would have up until Xmas. She’s my baby and has been since the day I got her. She’s full of lives, loves to play and go for walks. I only want what’s best for my baby, should I go through with the operation again or should I leave her live out what time she has left? I’m only 30 and I feel like this is too big of a decision to make without getting different options. Any advice is appreciated xx
Fred Bruce Reagan says
Pebbles was my Bichon, I adored her. We had to put her down yesterday for a mass in her stomach. The toughest decision i’ve ever had to make. I held her as she went to sleep and cried all the way home. My advice to you is what does your heart say to you. I would give anything to see my Pebbles full of life. It made my day to come home from work and Pebbles meet me at the door, so loving. Pebbles was 14 years and 5 months old. She followed me around everywhere.
Fatima Donaire-Perez says
Hi, I have 2 Bishons-Thaddeus and Athena and a Cavashon-Lola. Thaddeus and Athena are 12.5 yrs old and Lola will be 6 in December. My poor little princess, Athena, was just diagnosed with lung cancer. She is not going to be with us for much longer, unfortunately, it is a waiting game now. She’s 12.5 but looks and still acts like a puppy. She is my life and I am distraught about this but knowing she gave us a great life for the time she was with us makes me happy. We did not have two legged children but had 3-fur babies. It’s so crazy how we grow to love these creatures and as dependant as they are on us…we become very dependant on them. Their unconditional love is irreplaceable.
My name is Brigid and my dog Owen Patrick will be turning 18 this October. He is a Bichion Frisie and I have had him scince I was in 7th grade. If he lives till he is 19 he will tie with the longest living bichion ever recorded. He is the sweetest boy in the entire world. He is my best friend and baby boy.
Tammy P. says
Our Bichon just turned 14 this month. He’s had diabetes since he was 9 and is pretty much blind now. He’s has bladder stones and had them removed when he was 8. They’re back but with the diabetes we don’t want to put him through another surgery. He still eats well and even plays with his toys here and there. I’m praying he will be around for many more years. Can’t imagine the void he will leave. We love him so much. Spoiled rotten!
My Bichon, Fosse- named after Bob Fosse- just turned 16 in March. He is mostly deaf, has poor eye sight, and poor bladder control- he wears diapers now. His back legs are starting to get weak, and it breaks my heart to see him in any pain. I treasure each day, knowing it probably won’t be many more. I know he will stay with me as long as he can.
Coeta S Shanks says
My Buddy was 14 in February. I’m sorry to say he is experiencing significant health problem and may not live much longer. He is retaining fluid and we don’t seem to be able to get a handle in it. This is heart breaking!
Hi Lynda, My sweet little bichon will be 14 in June also! June 16th. Without a doubt he is a senior citizen now. Recently I found veterinarian specializing in geriatric dogs who acts as a 2nd opinion to his regular vet. Can’t imagine life without him, he has been such a joy all these years.
It is nice to see the longevity. My little girl turned 12 in January. She will probably be my last dog. She was the runt of the litter, and has had many issues. I will tell you that this little snippet loves and protects with the heart of a lion. I love her sooo much.
Angie Chouest says
My bichon Marlin just turned 14 in March 2021. Although he is losing his eyesight he is still very energetic and happy. He loves to run after our cat. Lol. His favorite thing to do is sit by my side and be petted or comforted. 💙
Trudy Crochet says
Hi, our fur baby will be 13 on 4-23-21. He was diagnosed with diabetes in February but we seem to be managing that fairly well. He also has disc problems and knee problems but other than than he is one SPOILED LITTLE FELLA!
He thinks he’s human…. I’m so grateful that he lets my husband and I sleep in the queen sized bed with him 😉! I can’t imagine having any other kind of fur baby…. they are the best ever.
He’s slowing down some since the diabetic diagnosis…. depends on his numbers that day but other than that he is living his best life and enjoying all the attention he is getting.
I’m so happy to see the 16, 17 and even 20 year old pups. I sure hope to have ours that long!
Bev M says
My Bichone just turned 11 and was diagnosed with lymphoma. I had two prior Bichons who both had cancer. One had to be put down at age 13 and the other was 14. My favorite breed. So loving but it’s just too heartbreaking.
Mary Beth Gualtieri says
I have a20 year old bichon who just got a clean bill of health blood test!! He has to be one of the oldest
Vera Martin says
My Muffin is 15. She’ll be 16 in July. She is pretty spry. Is slow going upstairs and sleeps more lately. She has tumors on her mammary glands but the v I hope she liveset didn’t want to operate considering her age. She has me and my husband wrapped around her little paws. She barks at us when she wants to go to bed ( and she knows when it’s 10:30). So smart. She’s our baby.
Ceire Duffy says
I have my bischon , rocky of 15
Years and soon to be 16 in June .
He had a tumour in March of last year . Removed and he was back to himself , then wasn’t well over Xmas and brought him to vet . He has kidney failure . He won’t eat his prescribed food , but get freshly cooked dinners everyday .
He’s coming to the end of his life . He was my best friend and full of life . He was my little “ rock “ , always a bundle of joy and up too no good 🤪🤪🤪. I’ll miss him so much for the cuddles , walks , chats and snoozes together .
Holly Ellaway says
Hi my names Holly and I have a bichon called Bailey hell be 13 July 22
He literally is my life
He has catarax in both eyes but no sign of blindness.
He also suffers with trecia collapse.
Apart from this he loves going on walks every day and is a ball of energy.
I hope he will go on to live years and years with us.
We get married in 2022 and he will have pictures taken at the reception with us ❤️
I’m 30 years old and I bought him when I was 18.
Hes literally my best friend. I don’t know what Id do without him.
Bichons really are the best dogs!!
F W Everingham says
They are extremely intelligent & affectionate. Ours is a spayed female & she is 12 & has us trained very well. They are people dogs & want their people all of the time.
Lorna Julius-Jackson says
My Bichon Max turned 18 years old on 30 December. He shares a birthday with my husband. Max is partly deaf in one ear now, has cataracts, warts and one leg plays up every now and then. He walks slower, but despite this, Max still loves going for a walk every day. He is very loved by the family and neighbours and even goes for a walk every day with my 82 year old neighbour. He knows exactly what time she arrives and get very anxious and excited until she comes to the door.
People can’t believe his age as he still looks very cute and cuddly ( like a teddy bear) and attracts lots of admiring looks and comments everywhere we go, especially after he has had a grooming.
Max still eats well (sometimes it’s as if he has forgotten that he just had a meal!). He prefers home cooked meals. Max loves company and cuddles and get anxious when left alone for too long. He does sleep a lot more now.
He brings so much joy and we wouldn’t trade him for the world. He puts a smile on everyone’s faces. We dread the day that we will have to part with him😢
Anita Seeley says
My Bruno is 11.5 on Dec 30, 2020
He is diabetic since 9 years old and has lost his eye sight for the most part Cataracts.
He was diagnosed with a tumor on his liver in March of 2020 but seems to be doing ok. The Vet won’t clean his teeth because of blood levels any longer. His breath is not wry good but he loves his greenies
He does sleep quite a bit but is spunky at times and loves to go for walks.
CHARLENE BOESLER says
My bichon Suzi is 12 .5 yrs. She is such a joy. We love her so much. She was recently diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Suzi is happy but now takes 2 water pills and 2 heart pills daily. Suzi loves her family, treats and walks! Up until recently Suzi has always been healthy
JJ Seiters says
Hello, my Abby will be 18 in March.
She is mostly deaf and blind from cataracts, but gets around by memory. She can’t do stairs any longer.
She doesn’t really go outside anymore, but does very well with a doggie diaper. She sleeps a great deal and definitely lets you know when it’s meal time. She has her routines down pat.
We feed nom nom fresh food now, having switched a year ago from home cooked. She had bladder stones in her youth and we found the home cooked worked best, until she lost a bit of weight late last year. She loves the nom nom.
She doesn’t like to be alone, and has passed the stage of kennel. The year of quarantine has made her pretty happy. Lol.
So happy to read about so many other senior bichon!
Sean Riley. says
My Bichon is 10 yrs 5 months old.
She has had a mammory tumour removed 3 weeks ago. It’s a very aggressive for of cancer. She had CT scan and chest x-ray yesterday and the cancer has not spread. They have suggested chemotherapy but even with that they have only given Maisie a prognosis of 12 months. I really don’t know if to go ahead with the treatment or to let her live out what time she has left being happy and playful. Any advice would be so appreciated. Thank you. Sean.
Katherine herine says
Hi Sean. Only now seeing your Comments. I think your dog has had a lovely life and as hard as it will be at the end, I think you should let her have a happy and carefree 12 months and enjoy her time with you. Enjoy all the memories you make in that time
With maisie. .
Love her, hug her, kiss her and let her live out her time in peace, manage any pain and you will know when you have to let her go.God bless.
Leah Jones says
My bichon is 18 years old!!! Is there a place for record for longest bichon life??!!
Nicoleen Hartman says
Seen many other getting 19 and even 20 😉
Radames, Lucy Morales and family says
Hi, my Bichon Tyson turned 18 in November and has been a important part of our family, he has brought great joy to us with his crazy happy ways.
Its hard for him to get around any more, but he’s still getting himself in situation, like going down the basement and hiding under the sink and making us look for him for over a hour. He still eats and drinks, but not as much as before and he still is loved by all the family and friends we cherish every moment we have left with him.
I thank God for such a great dog as Tyson….
Paula Fairbanks says
penda is going to be 17 in feb
Well I have been helping take care of my girlfriends Bichon and he is over 14. I love him just as much as she does. He is partly deaf and doesn’t have the best eye sight.
But he still loves walking and playing but lately he has started to have episodes(Seizures) or something else. His blood work is fine but I’m still worried.
Hi,My Bichon is 18 years and 4 months old. He is coming to the end of his life now. He has difficulty hearing and seeing. Walking, of late has become a problem too. His back legs give way. He also has some sort of neurological problem. We are trying a few new meds to help him but I fear that it is time to let him go. He’s been such a great companion. We will miss him dearly.
CR LeFevre says
Mickey is 19 years and 3 months. Mickey has very little eyesight due to cataracts, however, his hearing is still good and he understands when I tell him it is time to go night-night.
Mickey had oral cancer a few years ago, however, he recovered and no sign of cancer has returned. He does have many warts over his body and the vet will not remove them due to Mickey’s age. Mickey’s only medication is his monthly heartworm med and flea and tick med once every three months. We no longer go for long walks, but we try to do short walks, weather permitting. Mickey’s eats and drinks water with no problem, he does nap alot.
Kelly Boyer says
My Bichon JJ was 16 in Feb 2020. His eyesight and hearing aren’t perfect but he loves his daily walks to have a sniff and treats of chicken. We live in Ireland and are just back from a weeekend at the coast where he slept on the beach every day.
Diana Nobilio says
My Bichon Frise will be 18 years old on Thanksgiving Day, 2020, and I’m so happy to still have her with me. She has a back problem, she also has cataracts, is hard of hearing, and has trouble with her hind legs which sometimes is a problem for her to go in and out of the doggie door. Her name is Bella Donna (Beautiful Lady in Italian), She is still eating and drinking which is why I cannot make that ‘final step.’ I think of her as my child, and am fortunate to be home all day to tend to her needs and wants. She’s not happy when I go to do my errands, but I try not to be away for more than 2 hours. I still take her for her grooming every 5 weeks and to the Vet on a regular basis, and she takes quite of bit of medication. She has her own medical plan at the Vets. Lately she has been having accidents near her doggie door which I think is because of the loss of muscles in her hind legs.
Grad Girardi says
Travelled the world with my two…..her son lived to be 17, the mom, Misti, had to be put down in Dubai as she almost made 20, deaf, cataracts , half blind, could not have made the trip back to The US, even traveling in the cabin. Loved her like a daughter……
Doreen Jesse says
Hi my Bishon will be 14 soon, she has a lot of warts on her and they keep coming.. it’s hard for her to jump up and sometimes her leg will give out during walking.
She still plays but not long. Still loves car rides and her love never ceases. She is the best breed I’ve ever had, she is like my daughter.
Always will be counted as part of the family. I want her to go on forever !!!!!!!❤️❤️
My Bichon Dori is 16 yrs. and 9 months. We live in Virginia and are spending our last evening with her before having her euthanized tomorrow. She has been a wonderful companion and we are broken hearted to say goodbye to her. She started having seizures about 10 days ago and they have progressively gotten worse. The vet told us that if her quality of life diminished then it’s time to let her go. She has stopped eating and drinking for the most part and I feel like she’s suffering. I would recommend this breed to anyone, she’s been an absolute delight.
Frank H. Gray says
Rhonda, we just had our Bichon euthanized on 12-29-20, she was 7 days shy of 15 yrs old. I wish we could have had her one more night so we all could had said our good byes and one last pic with the kids under the Christmas tree.
Casper will be 17 9/15/2020. He can’t see well, hard of hearing and hard time to stand on hind legs. Very slow to bring himself to lying position. Vet said he is doing well for his age. Eats well and doesn’t take meds.
Leslie S. says
We are in the U.S. So far, our Bichon Frise, Cody, is 15 years 3 months old. He is in great health overall! He has cataracts, so he doesn’t see very well now. And he is partially deaf. But other than that, he still runs around the house (he knows where all the furniture is) and gets extremely lonely if people are not around. He has to be sitting near us all the time. He doesn’t really want to be petted, but he likes to snuggle on the couch with someone. We have fed him dry small kibble almost his entire life. He loves apple pieces, carrots, other fruit and vegetables, and other occasional people food. He couldn’t chew the dry food anymore about a year ago, so he has been eating Purina Beneful chopped Blends and Nature Recipe Grain free chicken (little tubs) plus the carrots, etc. He is a happy dog (but dislikes the groomer and baths). He has rarely ever gone to a veterinarian. We’ve been very happy with him these past 15 years so far!
Rosanna Leman says
HI, MY BIJON PEPI WILL TURN 17 THIS NOV 3RD,
We live in NZ and he is fed only raw protein with green tripe ,never dry food and never commercial dog food , I have never vaccinated him but he is wormed and defleaed regularly.
He has been blind and going deaf the last year or so but still has a great appetite and is always waiting for dinner.
He sleeps a lot now days and doesnt like to much handling, andf he gets frightened if I want to bathe him but he,s always hated having a bath.
I call him a grumpy old man .Its hard to give him cuddles now as he. doesn’t want them but he’s sleeps beside my bed at night and is happy enough just being around me.
An old dog is a lot of work but I feel privileged and lucky to have had this wonderful animal in my life for so long
We are connected and he’s nursed me with his devotion when I’ve needed it so it the least I can do is to give it with love back to him.
Your old guy sounds like he may have dog dementia.