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Bichon Frise: History and Appearance


The Bichon Frise hails from the Mediterranean. It is a descendant of the Barbet, or water-spaniel, and has a long history of travel. With their sweet nature and beautiful appearance, the breed was often offered as an item for barter, and sailors took them from continent to continent. The Bichon Frise became popular in Spain, and was introduced to the Canary Islands, where they took the name Teneriffe. It is believed that this name lent an exotic quality to the breed and enhanced its value.

Around the 1300’s, the Bichon Frise was rediscovered by Italian sailors, who brought them back to Europe. They became popular as pets for Italian nobility, along with similar “lion style” breeds. The Bichon Frise did not make its appearance in France until the Renaissance era.

Bichons reached the height of their success under the rule of Henry III. They were pampered, perfumed, and decorated as pets of the nobility. They became a favorite of Spanish princesses, and artists from Spain began to feature them in their work. There are images of the dog in the paintings of Francisco Goya, a Romantic painter native to Spain.

After some time, the popularity of the Bichon Frise died out. There was a brief resurgence of interest under Napoleon III. Afterwards, the Bichon Frise, formerly known only as an aristocratic dog, became the dog of the commoners. They led the blind, accompanied and accompanied the organ grinders who traveled the streets. Their quick minds and agile bodies made them an ideal to perform at circuses and fairs.

At the end of World War I, there was a renewed interest in the breed. Four breeders from France, recognizing the dog’s potential, began running controlled breeding programs. There was an effort to establish the breed’s lines and develop standards. The official standard for the breed was written in 1933 and promoted by the Toy Club of France.

At the time, the breed was still known by two separate names: “teneriffe” from its time in the Canary Islands and “bichon” from its days in the Mediterranean. It was the president of the International Canine Foundation who saw fit to provide it with a name that suited the breed’s characteristics, and from that point the dog became known as the “Bichon Frise.” Bichon represents the dog’s history and origin, while Frise refers to the dog’s soft curly hair.

In 1956, a French couple relocated to the United States, and the first litter of Bichon Frises was born in America. Through the late 50’s and early 60’s, additional breeders acquired the breed, and began raising Bichon Frises in the U.S.

The Bichon Frise was admitted to the American Kennel Club in the 70’s. It is popular as a family pet and as a show dog.


The Bichon Frise is well known for its curly, snow white coat. They are smaller dogs, growing to around 11 inches tall at the most and weighing up to 12 lbs. They are medium boned with compact, sturdy bodies.

Bichon Frises have round, dark brown eyes peeking out from their snow white fur. They have dropped ears covered with longer fur that are set higher on the head. They have a prominent black nose, black lips, and a scissors bite.

The legs are of medium bone and straight, with tight, round feet. The pads of the foot are black, and the nails should be kept short. The plumed tail is set high and curves gracefully over the back.

Bichon Frises are white, but may have some light shadings of buff or cream. The Bichon Frise has an undercoat that is soft and dense, and the overcoat is of a coarser, curlier texture. The coat has a plush feel to it, and springs back when pressed. When Bichons are bathed or brushed, the curly coat stand out in puffs. Bichon’s require trimming to emphasize the body’s natural outline. The tail, head, and muzzle are left longer. The fur is rounded off as it is trimmed. Bichon’s are never shaved close to the body.

Showing a Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise has must meet specific criteria in appearance when working as a show dog. First, Bichon’s should not exceed the maximum height requirements. Their eyes should be round and set to look directly forward. Overly large or bulging eyes are considered a serious fault. Eye rims should not display broken pigment. The eyes cannot be any color other than black or dark brown. The dog must have a scissors bite. Overshot or undershot bites are considered to be severe flaws. Tails should not be low set, carried perpendicular to the back, or drooping. Corkscrew tails are classified as a serious fault.

There is particular attention paid the coat of this breed, as it is expected to meet certain standards. The Bichon Frise should not have a coat that is limp or silky. It should not lie flat against the back. The lack of an undercoat is a serious fault. The coat should not be shaved. It must remain long enough to give the Bichon Frise its signature “powder puff” look.

The coat should primarily be snow white. Shadings of buff, cream, or apricot should not cover more than 10% of the body.

The Bichon Frise should be able to move at an effortless trot. Their gait should be precise and true, with the head and neck remaining erect.

The Bichon Frise Today

The Bichon Frise has a perky and alert temperament. They are independent playful dogs that get along well with children and other animals. Bichon Frises are valued as family pets that like nothing more than to cuddle in someone’s lap.

Bichon Frises are still trained as performers. They are smart and have the ability to learn quite a few tricks. Bichon Frises are also quite agile and do well in agility contests. Their trainability makes for an excellent show dog. Their warm and friendly personalities make them ideal as therapy dogs.

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