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This is a French name - correctly pronounced Beeshon Freesay - but usually known just as a "Bichon".
Short History of the Breed
The Bichon Frise, it appears, descends from the Barbet (or Water Spaniel). It is believed to have been imported into France by Francis I, King of France, during the time of the Rennaissance, coming from the court of Rome. All the Kings of France had these little white dogs until the French Revolution. Marie Antoinette was thought to have had three dogs at the time of the Revolution. The Bichon Frise was extremely popular in the times of French Royalty and was much doted on. Henry III was thought to be very fond of the breed. In paintings of the 17th and 18th century little white dogs resembling the Bichon are seen in the company of Lords and Ladies.
Physical Description and SizeThe Bichon Frise breed Standard says the breed should be less than 12 inches (30cm) at the shoulder.
TemperamentGreat loyalty; intelligent; a sense of humour; cheeky. He can do obedience very well, and he can do "disobedience" very well when it suits him
Dog CareGrooming can vary. You can keep their hair (not fur) short (sometimes called a puppy cut similar to the picture above) and brush and comb it a few times a week . Or,you can keep the hair longer (the show cut) which you should brush and combdaily to keep it free from mats and clumps. Their hair should be cut every 4-6 weeks.
Health Issues and Life ExpectancyTheaverage lifespan is about 14 years - but many live to 16
Additional ResourcesBichon Frise Information & Community - PurebredPups.org
Bichon Frise Online Community - DogBreed.org
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