The Bichon Frise is a small, yet sturdy white, curly-coated companion with a dark nose and eyes. When kept in a show cut, they appear rounded. The tail is carried over the back. Many pet owners choose to keep the coat shorter in a "puppy cut" where the coat is clipped at a couple of inches in length all over the body for easy care.
The Bichon Frise is a descendant of the Barbet Water Spaniel and the Poodle and was developed originally around the 13th century in the Mediterranean Sea area where the dogs were carried by sailors around the world. Eventually, the dogs became quite popular in Spain. In France, they became the favored pampered pets of royalty, and their popularity spread to the general public where they could be seen utilized in circus and street performances. They have been featured in several works of art throughout the centuries, which also gives credence to their geographical distribution and popularity.
The Bichon Frise is a wonderful companion dog that is cheery in demeanor. Their small size, self-assured, merry personality makes them ideal traveling companions and family members. They are not yappy but will make good watchdogs, letting you know when a stranger is approaching that they might befriend. These clever, eager-to-please dogs are suited to obedience training.
Breed Club Links: Bichon Frise Club of America, Inc.
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Photo courtesy of the Bichon Frise Club of America.