The Bichon Frise is a small, sturdy dog. When the dog is clipped in a show, cut the body gives off a round appearance. The skull is slightly rounded. The muzzle is shorter than the skull, is not pointed, and has a slightly pronounced stop. The round eyes are black or brown. The ears are dropped covered in long hair. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The legs are straight and medium boned. The tail is carried over the back. The double coat is soft to the touch. The outer coat is 3 to 5 inches long and is coarser and curlier than the smooth, dense undercoat. Coat colours include solid white, apricot. White is preferred in the show ring. The coat is hypo-allergenic. Pet owners usually clip the dog in an easy puppy cut that is the same length all over the body. The dog can be shown with its coat clipped like a poodle or with a long, puffy coat with the feet and muzzle clipped.
The Bichon is a fluffy, little white dog that loves human company. It has an independent spirit, is intelligent, affectionate, bold and lively. This charming, gentle dog is not a yapper. It has a self-assured, happy temperament that is easy to live with. These bright little dogs are easy to train. They need people to be happy. They are naturally sociable and are happiest when they are part of the family that takes them everywhere. This sociable trait means they are fine in the company of the other dogs and are excellent with children.
This breed should be groomed frequently and bathed every month. Professional grooming is recommended every 6-8 weeks. Trim around the eyes extensively to prevent staining. Show dogs are trimmed with scissors. The body of the pet dog must still be cut scissors. The Bichon sheds little to no hair and is good for allergy sufferers.
The Bichon Frise dates back as far as the 13th century. The breed is a descendent of the barbet water spaniel and the poodle. The Bichon was traded all over the world by the Spanish sailors. The dog eventually became a favourite of the 16th-century French royal courts. In the 19th century, it was a popular organ grinder’s dog and also a circus performer. Today the Bichon Frise is primarily a companion and a show dog.