recognition by the kennel club of France as a purebred breed in the 1930s,
the Bichon Tenerife's name was changed to Bichon Frise meaning
"curly-coated lap dog". Bred to be a companion and pet, the
Bichon Frise fits well into both city and country life.
The Bichon stands no more
than 12 inches tall at the shoulder. He has large dark eyes and a black
button nose. He has been called an "animated powder puff". His
coat is thick and curly and usually solid white although he may have buff,
apricot, or cream coloured shadings. The Bichon does need regular
grooming, and must be completely dried after bathing to keep his coat tangle-free.
However, his coat is considered to be non-shedding, non-allergenic, and
With a cheerful,
friendly, and affectionate personality, the Bichon makes a wonderful
family pet. He is playful, eager to please, and loves being the centre of
attention. Many Bichons have been happily employed in the circus performing tricks! The Bichon gets along well with other household pets and is
active enough to romp with the children! He also makes a fine companion
for the elderly or disabled as most of his exercise needs can be met by
playing around the house or garden.
A good watchdog,
the Bichon Frise will alert his people to any unfamiliar faces. He takes
well to obedience training and should start both training and
socialization early. As a very sociable animal, the Bichon loves to get
out and about and enjoys regular walks.