Bichon Dog Breeds
1) Bichon Frise
Probably the most famous dog of all Bichons is the Bichon Frisé. It is a small, curly and fluffy companion with white coat. Cream or apricot color around the ears or on the body is accepted, but it should not exceed 10% of the body. It is said, that the Bichon Frise is one of the calmest and most sociable of all Bichons, making it the ultimate doggy companions.
The Maltese coat tends to be long, silky and straigt and very elegant, but it is prone to matting if not groom almost daily. This is an all white dog, but they can have light tan or lemon color on the ears. The Maltese is quite intelligent and calm dog. This is a very social dog who wants to be around its family all day long. The Maltese is the smallest Bichon with weight up to 3 kg.
It is believed, that the Bolognese is very closely related to the Maltese and indeed, they are very similar together. The Bolognese is also very small, with weight up to 4 kgs. This dog's hair is long, very fluffy and completely white. Just like all dogs on this list so far, this is a calm and affectionate companion.
The Havanese comes in almost all the colors, the most common are cream, silver, blue, black and gold. It is very rare to see all white Havanese. These sweet looking pups are very friendly and do not bark much.
5) Coton de Tulear
Coton de Tulear hails from the Madagascar. They got their name after their coat structure, because the coat is dense, long and silky and it does give the appearance of cotton texture. Again, just like all the Bichons, the Coton de Tulear is amazing social companion who has intelligent, calm and playful temperament.
For a long time, the Lowchen has been considered a member of Bichon family and it was believed that they are descendants of some Bichon breeds. But there is another theory that suggest, that this is a terrier type of a dog developed in in Tibet with no connections to the Bichons. We will most likely never know what is the exact ancestry of the Lowchen, but it does have similar temperament and appearance to Bichons.
The Bolonka is a Russian toy breed of the Bichon type. It is not considered as a direct member of the Bichon family but it does have Bichon ancestry, because the Bichon Frise and Bolognese was used in the breeds development.
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