Bichon Frise Breed
Personality: Playful, curious, and peppy
It would be a cold heart indeed that didn't melt at the sight of a Bichon Frise. These little balls of fluff are playful and affectionate, with bright eyes and a lively intelligence. As a bonus, that double coat is non-shedding, ideal for allergy sufferers. Your Bichon Frise puppy will be a bundle of energy, easily trainable and ready for play. And when play time is over, he'll want nothing more than lots of cuddles and love.
Origin: The Mediterranean
Year Recognized: 1972
Breed History & Job Description: From sailors to royals to entertainers, Bichons have quite the diverse résumé. The breed’s merry disposition was first put to work on the high seas, working with Spanish sailors. They went from rags to riches as a companion to Italian nobility in the 1300s and a favorite to French royalty in the 1500s. Several hundred years later they were further popularized as a dog of the people, tagging along with organ grinders and circus acts (utilizing their ability to quickly learn tricks). They made their way to the United States in the 1950s and became a breed to be reckoned with in 2001, when a Bichon named JR took Best in Show at Westminster.
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