Non-sporting Breeds

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 9-11 in (23-28cm)
Coat: Long and loosely curling
Color: White, cream, or apricot markings permissible up to 18 months; dark skin desirable

The word bichon is often used collectively to describe small, white dogs. The Bichon Frise or Bichon a Poil Frise (curly-haired bichon), or Tenerife Dog, is reputed to have been introduced to Tenerife in the Canary Islands by sailors in the 14th century. However, like the Poodle, it is thought to be a descendant of the French water dog, the Barbet, and its name comes from the diminutive, barbichon. Similar in appearance to the Miniature Poodle, the Bichon Frise is recognized internationally as a Franco-Belgian breed. Happy, friendly, and lively, this breed makes an Attractive and cuddly small pet that will enjoy as much exercise as most owners can provide. However, its long curly coat, resembling a powder puff, means that it is not the choice for anyone averse to grooming. The scissoring and trimming required to achieve this shape is intricate, and anyone intending to exhibit should discuss what is entailed with the breeder at the time of purchase.
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