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Bichon Frise: A Quick Sketch

Origin
The Bichon Frisé (pronounced bee-shon free-zay) descended from a cross between the poodle and the Barbet Water Spaniel specifically the Bichon Tenerife originally from the Mediterranean area. In 1933 the International Canine Federation adapted the names the breed was known by at the time “Tenerife” and “Bichon” and the name Bichon Frise`was born. "Frisé" refers to the dog's soft, curly hair. In 1934 the Bichon Frisé was admitted to the stud book of The French Kennel Club.

The Bichon Frise was a popular dog with Spanish and Italian sailors because they don’t shed, don’t like getting wet or need a lot of exercise. Their happy cute nature and expressive eyes made them the perfect little diplomats for trade and they ended up as a popular court pet in the 16th century French Royal Courts. Later they joined the mainstream culture as performers in circuses, organ grinders sidekicks and even as seeing eye dogs. Eventually the Bichon Frise found his way to the the United States in 1955 and was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1973. (see Bishon Frise: History)

Once the Bichon Frises arrived stateside they quickly won us over with their playful, intelligent and loving nature. Lovers of human company Bichons do require a lot of attention and revel in being in the spotlight. But once these friendly, energetic and charming little white fluff balls get under your skin you’re hooked.

Appearance
The Bichon Frise is a real looker. As a show dog their hair is coiffed in a full bubble style while their everyday look leans more towards a natural curly cuter style. The owners personal taste tends to dictate here.

Bishon Frises are usually all white sometimes with tints of cream, apricot or buff in areas particularly around the ears. A Bichon puppy may have less white initially and his/her coat changes from its fluffy texture to frise with age. This breed rarely sheds and has a thick velvety coat with a soft dense undercoat and a curly outercoat.

The Bichon Frise’s eyes are usually dark brown or black and have a very human like expression. They also have a distinguishing mark or“halo” of dark shading surrounding their eyes. Their nose and lips are black and their ears are long covered flowing white locks.

Temperament
Bichon Frises are known for their cheerful and affectionate personality. They are smart, sensitive and playfull too. Once known as ‘curly lapdogs’ Bichon Frises are not loners. When left alone for extended periods of time they may become mischeivous, difficult to train or distressed. Bichon Frises enjoy socializing with people and most dogs. They’re energetic, playful and loving . When they get particularly happy or excited they often run around in little circles in a display of enthusiasm. They are wonderful candidates for training and love to please and entertain.

Grooming
The Bichon Frise requires a lot of grooming. Daily brushing and combing is a must as they don’t shed and yet their hair is constantly growing. Whether you decide to groom your Bichon Frise entirely at home or use a professional groomer, it is important to keep your pet’s coat groomed regularly to prevent matting and skin problems. Monthly trimming and bathing can also be done at home or at a professional groomer’s. Regular brushing of your dog’s teeth is recommended along with an occasional crunchy teeth cleaning treat to support good oral health.

Health
Generally you can expect Bichon Frises to enjoy a life span between 14 to 16 years. Bichon’s health problems consist primarily of ear and bladder infections, weakness in
kneecaps, susceptibility to allergies and genetic cataracts and other eye diseases.

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