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
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.