COUNTRY: France/Belgium
HEIGHT: 9-12 inches
COAT: Long loosely curled hair, with undercoat
COLOR: White
OTHER NAMES: Bichon Tenerife, Tenerife Dog, Bichon a Foil Frise
GROUP: Gun Dog

The Bichon Frise, also known like Bichon de Tenerife, is a small race of dogs and company, notable by its white and spongy coat. It is characterized for being a glad, active and untiring dog.

The Bichon Frise is a dog of European, descending origin of the Barbet or Water Spaniel. The name “Bichon” is at the moment the diminutive of “Barbichon” that is the diminutive of “Barbet as well”.

Esteem that this race is of French origin, although also is very possible that it is of Spanish origin, of the area of the Mediterranean. One says that he was one of the dogs of company of you cut to French and Spanish. It was taken by the Spaniards to the Canary Islands, where also it acquired the name of Bichon de Tenerife. The popularity that this race had can see reflected in paintings of several Spanish artists, among them Francisco de Goya.

After the French Revolution, this bichon moved of the attentions of the court to survive as it could by the streets of the towns and French cities. From this form the genetics of the race obtained great strength, since most healthful and only resistant they managed to last. But its beauty and disposition are so, that possibly it was gathered by the public generally. In the decade of 1930, several French criadores established the race, that was registered in the club of dogs of France in 1934.

During long time it was part of street spectacles, of circus and puppets, thanks to the facility with which one trains and to its endurance.