The Bichon Frise is thought to have originated in Tenerife, and is sometimes called ‘The Tenerife’ dog. They became popular with European Royalty and have also been found in the circus where they were great little performers. The Bichon belongs to the Kennel Clubs ‘Toy’ Group and makes an excellent companion dog.
This is a small breed, about 11 inches at the shoulder, and about 5 – 6 kg (12 lb). The Bichon Frise doesn’t require too much exercise although they do love to be taken everywhere you go and a daily walk, even a short one, would be much appreciated. This is a clever little dog that likes to be stimulated mentally, as much as physically.
The Bichon is a healthy breed but may suffer from skin problems.