Characteristic traits of a Bichon Frise puppy are an inquisitive and cheerful disposition and a desire to please. Bichon puppies are playful with peaceful temperaments. They generally get along well with other pets, but Bichons may sometimes be overly sensitive and timid.

As a result, they need early socialization and a gentle hand when training. When fully grown, they are alert and attentive watchdogs without being aggressive.

More than most breeds, Bichons frequently experience separation anxiety when left alone too long. They are social and require a great deal of attention and companionship. When left to their own devices for long hours, destructive behavior such as chewing, barking and crying may occur. Daily exercise and training help alleviate separation anxiety.