Bichon Frise dog, a small dog breed.

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Bichon Frise picture The ancestors of the Bichon Frise were carried around the Mediterranean area for centuries by Phoenician sailors. They ended up in many countries including the island of Teneriffe, the largest of the Canary Islands. The breed is one of four varieties, the Bichon Maltaise, Bichon Bolognese, Bichon Havanese and Bichon Teneriffe. All are thought to have descended from the Barbet or Water Spaniel. In the fourteenth century some were taken to the mainland where they found favor with the aristocracy. Four hundred years later, abandoned by royalty, they were on the streets earning their living in circuses, as an organ grinder's dog and adopted by the common people. Following WW1 four French breeders got involved with the breed in the 1930's and controlled breeding programs. A Bichon Frise breed standard was drafted in 1933. The French Kennel Club admitted them in 1934. The name was shortened from Bichon à poil frisé which meant curly coat, to Bichon Frise. The AKC admitted it to the Miscellaneous Class in 1971 and then to the Non-Sporting Class, The CKC recognized them in 1975.
Height:  9½ - 11½ in. (24 - 29 cm), at withers.
Weight:  7 - 12 lb. (3.2 - 5.5 kg).
Watchdog: Very good.
Trainability: Very good.
Other Name: Teneriffe dog.
Life Expectancy: 12 - 15 years.
The Bichon Frise is a small dog breed, sturdy, lively, with an air of dignity and intelligence. His coat is white with shadings of cream or apricot permissible in the ears and/or body. It has a cheerful attitude, friendly, outgoing, and an affectionate nature which has made it a favorite companion and family dog. Bichon Frises don't shed a lot, but because it is white, needs daily grooming. A Bichon dog is an active small dog, needing daily exercise. It bonds to the entire family and is good with children. A Bichon puppy will do well with obedience training.
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