- The Bichon Frise is derived from the French name, “Curly Haired Lap Dog”.
“Bichon” is a French word that describes a type of lap dog and “Frise” is the French word for “curly”. The Bichon Frise isn’t the only one who sports such a fancy title however – similar breeds like Maltese and Havanese dogs are also considered bichons.
- Bichon Frises were extremely popular among French royalty, most especially the Kings.
It is said, that King Henry III was so captivated by his Bichon Frises that he often carried them in a basket that hung around his neck. In fact, the idea of pampering these little ones became so popular among the people of France that the French verb, “Bichonner”, was introduced to mean a beautiful and well pampered Bichon.
- The Bichon Frise is of Mediterranean ancestry.
These dogs found their way from the Mediterranean region to the Canary Islands, specifically to the Island of Tenerife in what is believed to be as early as the 1300’s. They are believed to be the traveling companions of Spanish sailors, who may have even used them as items of barter.
- They Bichon Frise really dislikes being in the water.
Contrary to popular belief, not all canines love the idea of swimming or playing in water. And the Bichon Frise is no exception – this loveable pooch prefers the warmth of dryland and the comfort of a lap. It is almost hard to imagine so many little Bichon’s making the journey across sea hundreds of years ago!
- The Bichon Frise is featured in works of art dating back to as early as the 16th century.
The Bichon Frise has appeared in many works of art by famous artists. In fact one of the most famous painters of that time, Francisco de Goya, was so fond of these little ones that they often became the main subject in the piece. Perhaps, it was because of the calm nature and beautiful appearance or because they sat so regally and ready to be captured. Either way, the Bichon has found its way through history with charm, beauty and grace.
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