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Phonetic Pronunciation: bee-SHAHN-free-ZAY
The Bichon Frise translated meaning being Curley coated dog stems from France and was first known as the Bichon Teneriffe in the Canary Islands where the Spanish sailors and pirates in the 15th and 16th century took them as gifts to their ladies and used them for bartering. They first appeared in France under Francis 1 around 1547 and some time after the early 1800s, the Bichon Teneriffe became the common dog running the streets. It was during this time the breed's agility and ability to learn quickly was to provide a new direction and preserve the breed from extinction. It was found that the Bichon had the ability to jump many times its height, walk on its hind legs for long distances and do somersaults. Organ grinders and peddlers were quick to put the Bichon's antics to use on street corners, circuses and fairs to perform tricks and clown around. Surviving two world wars, this dog was named the Bichon Frise after World War 1 and has, because of its humorous temperament and allergy free coat, become one of the most popular breeds in the world.
The fun loving, happy and sometimes naughty Bichon Frise has a cheerful attitude and should never be aggressive or surly. They are sensitive, gentle mannered, playful and affectionate, a great lap dog, however have been known to be just a little bit difficult to housetrain.
Group: Toy Dog
The Bichon has a double white coat, with the outer coat being coarse and curly. Very similar to the poodle, this dog's coat covers a soft short under coat, which provides body and gives the breed a fluffy appearance.
These dogs require lots of human companionship, brushing and combing at least twice a week, regular weekly baths and unless you are able to learn how to do this for yourself, visits to your local dog grooming salon to be trimmed every 6-8 weeks will be required. They do however make great indoor dogs as they are non-shedders.
Quite a healthy breed it is not known to have any life threatening inherited diseases, however there are a few minor problems that can arise such as patella luxation (slipping knee caps), corneal dystrophy which will not effect the eyesight, bilateral hereditary cataracts and bladder stones which can be inherited or be diet related. They also need dental care as they are prone to losing teeth earlier than normal if not attended to correctly.
SuitabilityVery well know as companion dogs they are very popular with the elderly, who may have time to groom them and maintain their coats. This breed is known as a popular choice for families because it is very accepting of children. This non-shedding breed is also great for people with allergies.
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