The Bichon Frise is a descendant of the Barbet, Water Spaniel and the teacup Poodle. The word bichon means curly white lap top in French. A Bichon Frise is a small breed of dog of the Bichon type. Bichon Frise dogs are divided into four categories including the Bichon Maltese, the Bichon Bolognaise, the Bichon Havanese and the Bichon Tenerife. All of these breed originated in the Mediterranean region. The Bichon was brought to the United States in the 1955 where it was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1973.
The Bichon Frise is commonly called the Bichon a poil frise and the Bichon Tenerife. It is a small dog that usually weighs 5 to 10 kg and stands 23 to 30 cm at the withers. The skull is rounded and the muzzle is pointy. The tail is long and curly. The nose is black and eyes are round and dark. Coat colors are soil white, grey or apricot. The Bichon Frise is cheerful, gentle mannered, sensitive, playful and affection dog. This teacup breed loves human company and demand a lot of attention. It is a generally sociable breed and loves to be taken to different places with their owners.
Bichon Frise is bred to be a companion dog. It tends to get along very well with children and other dogs and animals. Bichons usually have a lifespan of about 12 to 13 years. The longest lived of all Bichons died at 19 years. There are some health issues that Bichon Frise is prone to including liver shunts, anemia and cancer. Bichon Frise is a popular teacup dog. It is very similar to the Maltese. This tiny dog is very cheerful that can be eaisly seen by the way its tail curls up high on its rump. Bichon was once used as a circus dog, but today this breed makes an excellent pet and companion.