The Bichon Frise is a cheerful, small dog breed with a love of mischief and a lot of love to give.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Bichon Frise.
The fluffy white dogs originated in the Mediterranean. Their ancestor is the barbet (water spaniel), which gave them the name barbichon. This moniker was later shortened to just bichon, which means lap dog in French. From there, the group was divided into four subsets: the bichon Bolognese, the bichon Havanese, the bichon Maltese, and the bichon Tenerife. Each name refers to the region where the type was bred.
Italian sailors kept the companion dogs to be used for bartering. They eventually found their way into the hearts of Spaniards, and flourished on the Island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, where the bichon Tenerife originated. Italian sailors eventually rediscovered the dogs in the 1300s, and brought them back to mainland Europe. The tiny dogs were a big hit among Italian nobility, who would give the pups lion-style haircuts.
"Frise" is the French word for "curly," and a "bichon" is a type of lap dog. Similar breeds like Maltese and Havanese dogs are also bichons. "Bichon" is etymologically related to the English word "bitch," meaning a female dog.
4) Circus Dogs
In the 19th century, bichon frises grew popular as entertainers. Audiences found them performing frequently in circuses and with street performers like organ grinders. The breed's clownish personality and friendliness made them well-suited for old-timey show business.
Temperament is something many Bichon Frise lovers consider a telling characteristic of the breed. While a cheerful, playful and affectionate attitude is par for the course when you’re around a Bichon, don’t be surprised when their comedic side comes out, as well. They love to play and enjoy spending one-on-one time with their owners.
6) Hate Water
Despite stereotypes, not all canines love water. Count the bichon frise under the category of dog breeds that don't like water. It makes you think about all the bichon frises those Spanish sailors brought with them aboard ships hundreds of years ago. We suppose there wasn't much worry about the dogs jumping overboard.
Bichons are entirely white, with just a small amount of apricot, buff, or cream by the ears. Black eyes and a little black nose complete the look.
The characteristic fluffiness associated with the breed actually requires a lot of work, so that’s something to keep in mind before deciding to get one. Known as a “high maintenance breed”, your Bichon will need a lot of grooming, and it takes both time and practice to get the techniques down.
Bichons are active dogs, but because they are small, they don’t need too much room to romp and are suitable for apartment living. Bichons are not known for barking, which is a real plus for city dwellers, but don’t count on them to guard your home, either.
While there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog, some breeds come close. The bichon frise does not shed and produces less dander than other dogs. As a result, sufferers of allergies might have little to no symptoms in the dogs' company.