Bichon Frise History
The Bichon Frise is a small and cheerful breed of dog that can be traced back to medieval times. The breed was first developed in France, where it gained popularity as an affectionate lapdog among the French upper class. This led to their nickname, "bichon a poil frise," which translates to "curly haired lap dog." They were later brought to other parts of the world aboard ships by sailors and traders, eventually ending up in Italy during the 1500s. It wasn't until 1966 that they were recognized as a breed by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).
In 1974, two Bichons appeared at Westminster Kennel Club's show for the first time and found great success there, proving themselves in grooming competitions. In 1983 they were officially watched over by AKC, becoming part of its Non-Sporting Group shortly after. Since then they have been quickly rising as one of America's favorite breeds due to their good disposition and companionable attitude towards all members of family – making them true little lap dogs!
Bichon Frise Characteristics