The Bichon Frise is a popular breed of dog that is commonly associated with France, however its origin is actually in Spain. They were developed by the French into the ideal lap dog we know and love today.

Spanish-born

The name "Bichon Frise" comes from the French phrase "bichon à poil frisé," which translates to "curly haired dog." The Bichon Frise is a breed of toy dog. It is undeniable that this is a somewhat accurate depiction of these adorable canine companions.

What's a name worth?

Bichons were extremely fashionable among Italian aristocracy in the 14th century. The dogs were meticulously groomed to resemble baby lions.

You can't possibly leave that lion here

Since its introduction to the country in the 1970s, the Bichon Frise has skyrocketed in popularity in Australia, where it is now prized as a pet and a competitive show dog.

Latecomers in Australia

In the United Kingdom's version of the Westminster Dog Show, the Bichon Frise has never won Best in Show, but they have done well. They've taken home the gold twice, in 2001 and again in 2018.

Show dogs

Susan Sarandon, Barbra Streisand, Doris Day, Eva Longoria, Demi Lovato, and Coleen Rooney are among the notable people who have owned a Bichon Frise in the past.

Popular Supporters

Sailors frequently traded the forebears of the contemporary Bichon Frise and took them with them on long voyages. Due to their positive attitudes, they were well-liked by their shipmates and easily exchanged for other crew members.

Extremely well travelled

Many owners of Bichon Frise dogs lost their lives or were imprisoned during the French Revolution, leaving their companions to fend for themselves. They learned their feats from street performers, and eventually became in-demand acts for circuses all throughout France.

Revolutionary War Survivors

The Bichon Frise is a royal favourite, and as such has been depicted in the works of artists like as Francisco de Goya, Titian, and Sir Joshua Reynolds.

The creative impulse

Snowy the dog is a Bichon Frise in Herge's highly popular comic book series The Adventures of Tintin. When he first appeared in French literature, he was referred to as Milou.

Hero of comic books

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