on the Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is a charming puffball of a dog with a loosely
curled double coat consisting of a textured outer coat lined with
a soft, fine, silky undercoat that is 3 to 4 inches (7-10cm.) long
and is virtually hypo-allergenic. It is usually all white, but cream,
gray or apricot hairs are permitted. It can be shown clipped like
a poodle or long-haired with clippings only at the feet and muzzle.
This breed should be trimmed for a rounded appearance. It has a
moderate muzzle that is not pointed. Its stop is only slightly accentuated.
It has a scissors bite with round dark intelligent eyes and hanging
ears that are well covered with hair. The neck is long and the chest
is well developed. Its tail is curved over its back.
Bichon has an independent spirit, is intelligent, affectionate,
bold and lively. This charming, gentle dog has a self-assured, happy
temperament that is easy to live with. They are naturally sociable
and are happiest when they are part of a family that takes them
everywhere. This sociable trait also means that they are fine in
the company of other dogs & pets and are excellent with children.
Used as watchdogs and to perform tricks, this breed is competitive
Bichon Frise first appeared in the 14th century, a cross between
the Barbet Water Spaniel and the Poodle. The Bichon was traded by
Spanish sailors and became a favorite of the 16th century French
royal courts. It was a popular organ grinder's dog and also a circus
performer. Today the Bichon Frise is primarily a companion and show