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Bichon Frise


Touch a Bichon and you have touched a bit of heaven...
Hold a Bichon and you 
have held the world...
Love a Bichon and you 
will love life forever...
- Author Unknown

Bichon Frise puppy


Bichon Frise adult and puppy
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The Bichon Frise's exact origins are unknown. He is known to have taken the aristocracy of Europe by storm upon his arrival there in the 1300s. Coming from the Canary Islands, the Bichon Frise was first called the Bichon Tenerife. 

Upon his 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 odourless!

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.



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Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Roxanne Hamilton, Summer Knight Kennels
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British Columbia 


Roxanne Hamilton
3622 Hazel Drive
Prince George, BC  V2K 1Z2
(250) 962-6265

Summer Knight Kennels

Robert R. Leech
3194 Johnson Road
Salmon Arm, BC  V1E 3E6
(250) 832-4923

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Tom and Lucille Turner
Box 349
Legal, AB  T0G 1L0
(780) 348-5951




Cathy Bretfeld
1215 4th Concession West
Waterdown, ON   L0R 2H2
(905) 627-9788

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Fern Flett
Langton, ON  N0E 1G0
(519) 875-1482

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Lorrie Spaling
Drayton, ON  N0G 1P0
(519) 638-3698

Lots of Love on 4 Paws

New Brunswick


Helen Johnston
304 Pleasant Drive 
Minto,  NB    E4B 2T1
(506) 327-3544 Cell: (506) 260-4634





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(905) 889-9690 
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Did you know?

The Bichon Frise 
was highly regarded in 
Spain and was frequently used as an item of barter internationally throughout antiquity.


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