Bichon Frise is believed to be the descendant of large water spaniels and small, often white, dogs.
Attractive, adaptable, happy, bold and lively, the Bichon has found large following.
As well as being the ultimate companion dog, this breed is game and hardy. Farmers recently discovered that it could be trained to round up sheep.
The exact origins of vivacious and affectionate breed are not known. Bichon Frise is believed to be the descendant of large water spaniels and small, often white, dogs. Spanish sailors traded the cheerful breed and transported dogs from continent to continent, and Bichons found their way into French royal courts and Spanish paintings. In the late 1800s, the breed fell out of favor, but it survived by performing with street artists and in circuses and fairs.
Bichon Frise is excellent pet.
Small size dogs. Usually in white color.
Temperament: Playful, cheerful, friendly, and affectionate. Good with children, other dogs and pets, and strangers.
Doesn’t like to be alone and some bark a lot.
Best owner: Aspiring pet groomer.
Needs: Daily exercise, attention, patient housetraining. Regular grooming is essential (daily brushing to prevent mats, occasional trims). The teeth and gums need attention, since there is a tendency for tartar formation and gum infection.
Although many white-haired breeds suffer from chronic skin complaints, the Bichon is relatively free of allergic skin problems.
Life expectancy: 12 to 15 years.