Breed Spotlight: the Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is an ancient breed of the “bichon” family, with bichon being the Middle French word meaning “small long-haired lapdog.” The exact origin of this merry breed remains a mystery. However, it is believed to have originated in the central Mediterranean, Sicily, Egypt, and various parts of Europe. Like the Bichon Bolognese, Maltese, and Havanese, the origins of the Bichon Frise—also known as the Bichon Tenerife—are shrouded in mystery. This is due largely to the fact that the Bichon-types were similar not only in appearance and size, but also in origin, making it difficult to determine the exact route of each breed’s exact history. 

Despite its threatened existence during both World Wars, the Bichon became one of the most popular companion dogs in the United States during the 1980s, when he was dubbed the “yuppie puppy” and once again enjoyed a life in the lap of luxury. Today, the Bichon is a popular dog breed enjoyed by people of all different socioeconomic backgrounds. They are still renowned for their beauty, charm, and loving demeanor.

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