There's no doubt that the little Bichon Frise looks like a royal dog. They were a favorite of the 16th century French Court, and were often traded by Spanish sailors. They were also frequently used in the circus as a show dog as well.
Today Bichon's are family and show dogs. They are extremely well liked, cheerful, lovable dogs and function best in a family that takes them everywhere and gives them plenty of attention. They're intelligent, lively and bold little dogs that only want to be close to the people they love. They get along well with everyone and are very easy to train (although housebreaking can be another story!).
Bichon's also do great with children. They're obedient, have an excellent temper, and love romping about the yard. While they don't require a lot of exercise, they do love walks and being outdoors. They're also hypo-allergenic, which is great for all you allergy sufferers out there!
Bichon's are prone to eye problems such as leakage and mucus, so care must be taken to keep their face trimmed and clean. They do need daily grooming to prevent knots, and with that pearly white coat you know you'll be bathing them a lot too!
Perhaps one of the most charming traits of this little dog is its tendency to go on an energy blitz where they run in frantic circles just because they're happy and excited. What's not to like about that?
If you would like more information about this great little breed, you can visit American Kennel Club
. If you would like information on adopting a Bichon Frise in dire need of a loving family, you can visit www.bichonrescue.org
||9 - 12 inches tall
||7 - 12 pounds
||White, but some Cream, Gray or Apricot is permitted
||Extensive, and should be done by a professional at least every four weeks
||Canary Islands (Spain), and Belgium with later success into France
||AKC, FCI, UKC, CKC
||Bichon Frise literally means "curly lap dog" in French