Illustration of Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is said to come from the Mediterranean area. The breed is also known as the ‘Tenerife Dog’ because sailors allegedly found him on that island in the fourteenth century, fell for his charms and took him back to France. He was recognised by the French Kennel Club in 1934 though his recognition in Britain did not occur until after both America and Canada had entered him on their registers in the 1970s. There are several members of the Bichon family and portraits painted centuries ago depict small white dogs so similar in type they must surely have been his ancestors.

A happy little dog who thrives on being the centre of attention, the Bichon Frise is a complete extrovert, full of confidence and intelligence. He loves companionship and has a deep regard for his family, of which he soon becomes an integral part, and he shows his appreciation of all home comforts. Potential owners must remember that the Bichon Frise does require a considerable amount of grooming to maintain his glamorous image.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 30 minutes per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Every day
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Toy Breed Group

The Toy breeds are small companion or lap dogs. Many of the Toy breeds were bred for this capacity although some have been placed into this category simply due to their size. They should have friendly personalities and love attention. They do not need a large amount of exercise and some can be finicky eaters.

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