Bichon Frise

A Bichon Frise (French, meaning curly white lap dog) is a small breed of dog of the Bichon type. They are popular pets, similar in appearance to, but larger than, the Maltese. They are a non-shedding breed that requires daily grooming. This lack of shedding makes the Bichon Frise a hypoallergenic breed, which is a very good dog for people who have allergies.


The Bichon Frise is a small dog that weighs approximately 5 � 10 kg (10 - 20 lbs) and stands 23 � 30 cm (9 � 12 in) at the withers, but slightly larger dogs are not uncommon. It has a black nose and dark round eyes, and its white hair consists of a curly outercoat and a silky undercoat, although many of the breed do tend to have less curly hair than others. As the hair of these dogs gets matted it may become a sort of orangeish color. A small amount of buff, cream, or apricot color may be seen around its ears, snout, paws or body, but normally these colors do not exceed 10% of its body. The head and legs are proportionate in size to the body, and the ears and tail are natural (not docked or cropped). The coat is trimmed often to make the hair seem like an even length. Bichon Frises can have a medium-high intelligence.


he AKC refers to the Bichon Frise as "merry" and "cheerful", and the breed standard calls for a dog that is "gentle mannered, sensitive, playful and affectionate". Bred to be companion dogs, the Bichon Frise tends to get along well with both children and other animals. Bichon Frises are very obedient if training is started early and continued consistently.

Etymology and History

The Bichon Frise descended from the Barbet or Water Spaniel and the Standard Poodle. The word bichon comes from Middle French bichon ("small long-haired dog"), a diminutive of Old French biche ("bitch, female dog"), from Old English bicce ("bitch, female dog"), related to Old Norse bikkja ("female dog") and German Betze ("female dog"). Some speculate the origin of bichon is the result of the apheresis, or shortening, of the word barbichon ("small poodle"), a derivative of barbiche ("shaggy dog"); however, this is unlikely, if not impossible, since the word bichon (attested 1588) is older than barbichon (attested 1694). The Bichons were divided into four categories: the Bichon Malteise, the Bichon Bolognaise, the Bichon Havanese and the Bichon Tenerife. All originated in the Mediterranean area. Because of their merry disposition, they traveled much and were often used as barter by sailors as they moved from continent to continent. The dogs found early success in Spain and it is generally believed that Spanish seamen introduced the breed to the Canary Island of Tenerife. In the 14th century, Italian sailors rediscovered the little dogs on their voyages and are credited with returning them to the continent, where they became great favorites of Italian nobility. Often, as was the style of the day with dogs in the courts, they were cut "lion style," like a modern-day Portuguese Water Dog. Though not considered a retriever or water dog, the Bichon, due to its ancestry as a sailor's dog, has an affinity for and enjoys water and retrieving. On the boats however, the dog's job was that of a companion dog.

The "Tenerife", or "Bichon", had success in France during the Renaissance under Francis I (1515�47), but its popularity skyrocketed in the court of Henry III (1574�89). The breed also enjoyed considerable success in Spain as a favorite of the Infantas, and painters of the Spanish school often included them in their works. For example, the famous artist, Francisco de Goya, included a Bichon in several of his works.

Interest in the breed was renewed during the rule of Napoleon III, but then waned until the late 19th century when it became the "common dog", running the streets, accompanying the organ grinders of Barbary, leading the blind and doing tricks in circuses and fairs. On 5 March 1933, the official standard of the breed was adopted by the Soci�t� Centrale Canine, the national kennel club for France. (This was largely due to the success of the French-speaking Belgian author Herg�'s "Tintin" books, which featured a small, fluffy, white dog named Milou.) As the breed was known by two names at that time, "Tenerife" and "Bichon", the president of the F�d�ration Cynologique Internationale proposed a name based on the characteristics that the dogs presented - the Bichon Fris�. ("Fris�" means "curly", referring to the breed's coat.) On 18 October 1934, the Bichon Fris� was admitted to the stud book of the Soci�t� Centrale Canine.

The Bichon was popularized in Australia in the mid 1960s, largely thanks to the Channel Nine mini-series Meweth, starring Bruce Gyngell alongside his pet Bichon, Molly. The show ran for one season only, however it gained a cult following. In subsequent years Bichon ownership, especially in the Eastern states, climbed dramatically.

The Bichon was brought to the United States in 1955, and was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1973. The first US-born Bichon litter was whelped in 1956. In 1959 and 1960, two breeders in different parts of the USA acquired Bichons, which provided the origins for the breed's development in the USA.

The Bichon Frise became eligible to enter the AKC's Miscellaneous Class on 1 September 1971. In October, 1972, the breed was admitted to registration in the American Kennel Club Stud Book. On 4 April 1973, the breed became eligible to show in the Non-Sporting Group at AKC dog shows.

Bichon Frise Pictures

Bichon Frise - Classifieds

Price: Inquiry Bichon frise puppies for sale

Posted on: 03/19/2017
Age: up to six months
Owner: Mirjana Milojicic
Breed : Bichon Frise
Category: Dogs For Sale
Beautiful little Bichon frise puppies, of Angel of Silky Storm kennel were born on 27.november 2016. The puppies are vaccinated, cleaned from external and internal parasites, nurtured with a lot of love and care, FCI pedigree. Dam: Bahama Mama...

Price: Inquiry preslatki štenci na prodaju

Posted on: 06/30/2014
Age: up to six months
LOCATION: Sremski okrug, Stara Pazova
Owner: zivan kostic
Breed : Bichon Frise
Category: Puppies for sale
Štenci kovrdžavog bišona. Štenci su šampionskog porekla, otac štenaca Dazzling boy Charnett- Dazz, 3xprm, 6xcac, 3xcacib, 9xbob, jch-srb, ch-SRB. Inače Dazz je sin Prvaka Evrope i vice prvaka Sveta Gigaloblanc Ze Zlate Yalny i majke prvaka...

Price: Inquiry Bison puppies for sale

Posted on: 02/15/2014
Age: up to six months
LOCATION: Srednjobanatski okrug, Zrenjanin
Owner: Kucni ljubimac
Breed : Bichon Frise
Category: Puppies for sale
Bison puppies for sale from quality parents throughout the year! Cleared of intestinal parasites, vaccinated with complete papers passport, microchip, pedigree ... veterinary examination before downloading!! Kit instructions go along with the...