About the Bichon Frise
This portion of the BFCC site provides some basic information about the Bichon Frise breed.
History of the Bichon Frise
Bichon Frisé ~ The Bichon Frisé originated on the Spanish mainland, and has been known throughout Europe for many centuries. This is one of four varieties of Bichon: the Bichon Maltaise, Bichon Bolognese, Bichon Havanese, and the little dog now called the Bichon Frisé, the Bichon Teneriffe. All are descended from the Barbet or Water Spaniel and named for the areas where they were most abundant. It is believed that some of these little dogs were taken to the Canary Islands (where they became well established on the island of Teneriffe), and were rediscovered in the 14th century by visiting sailors who returned with some of them to the mainland.
Back again on the continent the little Bichon's happy ways...Click to Continue
BICHON PERFORMANCE, MORE THAN JUST A GOOD LOOKING DOG
Performance activities are a great way to keep your Bichon mentally and physically active. Not only are these activities fun but they help to strengthen the bond between you and your dog and may reduce problem behaviours resulting from boredom and lack of exercise. The fluffy coat and small size of the Bichon Frise lead many people to think of the breed as
simply a lap dog. But appearances can be deceiving; Bichons are active, intelligent little dogs with a high desire to please. They love to play and they learn quickly. Positive training methods are best suited to their sensitive and gentle temperaments. Be prepared to train
with a sense of humour though - Bichons are great workers but are clowns at heart.
Given their Water Spaniel heritage, it isn’t surprising that many Bichons are good retrievers...Click to Continue