Original Name : Bichon à poil frisé
Type : Braccoid
Male size : No more than 11¾ inches
Female size : No more than 11¾ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Belgium France
Sparkling and intelligent, vivacious and rather energetic, Bichon Frises have all the physical and behavioral qualities of the ideal companion dog, not least a great willingness to share their affections.
Skull feels rather flat, although the furnishings make it appear round, longer than the muzzle, not very well defined stop.
Broad, very muscular, slightly arched loins, slightly rounded croup, well developed chest and pronounced sternum.
Hanging, well furnished with long, finely curled hairs.
Normally carried raised and graciously curved in line with the spine, without being rolled.
Fine, silky, very loose corkscrew, resembling the coat of the Mongolian goat, neither flat nor corded, 2¾-4 inches long.
The history of the breed goes all the way back to the Romans, and, indeed, most of its ancestors were Italian. Through the centuries it was initially highly prized by the aristocracy, before moving in with the hoi polloi. They have become a very popular companion dog throughout the globe, especially over the past sixty years or so.Bichon Frises are lively little dogs with expressive eyes and a happy-go-lucky, playful character.
Bichon Frises became very fashionable in the 17th century, remaining in vogue almost continually until just before World War I. The madness of two global conflicts cost the breed dearly, but demand started to rise in the 1950’s.