Bichon Frize (French lapdog)
The Bichon Frize dog breed is a small, snow-white lump that looks more like plush toys. If you add a pink ribbon to the look, it will be simply impossible to distinguish between them. As often happens, scientists cannot say exactly how and where these dogs came from, however, there is a widespread opinion among dog breeders that the Bichon Frize came from a barbichon, also called a barbet.
The barbet was larger, and it is still unclear how it lost more than half its weight, decreased, and most importantly, with whom these dogs were bred to get modern Bichons. The first written records of the Bichon Frize dog breed began in the 14th century, when French marine magazines mentioned small white dogs living on the island of Tenerife, and that many French sailors took them with them to their homeland.
On the other hand, there is another opinion, which claims that in the 14th century these dogs were brought to Europe by the Italians and not the French. Concerning how the dogs appeared in Tenerife, opinions also differ – some claim that they were brought to the islands by merchants from Italy, following the Phoenician trade route, while others insist that the breed was bred and brought to the island by the Spaniards, and Italians accordingly, they brought them to the continent.
The French, in turn, after the invasion of Italy in the 16th century, took part of the dogs home. In fact, whichever version is correct, now this breed is one of the most popular in Europe and America, very recognizable and has many fans, including in the CIS countries.
Things were approximately the same in the Middle Ages – after the dogs came to Europe, they gained immense popularity with aristocrats and royal families.
Sometimes, the love of royal persons reached the point of absurdity. So, the English king Henry III so adored his Bichon Frize dogs that he always carried them with him in a special basket, and even sometimes hung this basket around his neck.
At the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, interest among the nobility in this breed died away, they began to be treated like an ordinary dog, and they were also used in street performances by various theaters, circuses, stray organ grinders, etc. However, after World War I, the situation improved, and in October 1934, the first Bichon Frize dog was accepted into the pedigree book of the French Kennel Club.
Bichon Frize – these are small dogs, at a glance at which you immediately understand what a decorative breed is. They have a fragile body, legs slightly shorter than average, which, nevertheless, are proportional to the body, the round muzzle of the eye is black, the neck is thin, of medium length, the ears do not stop, they hang down on the sides of the head. The tail is raised and usually lies on its back. The coat is curly, white, uniformly covers the whole body.
Bichon Frize is very active, has a large supply of energy, loves walking and various entertainments. It is important for them to communicate with people, especially with the owners and family members. Due to the fact that they are very attractive to their incredibly cute appearance, the owners sometimes show excessive care, which, subsequently, negatively affects the nature of the animal.
There is a great danger of making your pet spoiled and moody, and this, believe me, does not bring anything good for either the dog or you, as it spoils the character and complicates your life. For the Bichon Frize breed, attention is very important, they like to be in the center of events, to feel the love of others.
Although these dogs have a certain degree of internal independence, they do not like to be alone, preferring the company of friendly pets or loved ones. Moreover – a dog can make mess at home if he is alone all day. Especially when she is spoiled.
They treat children very well, they see them as a partner for games and entertainment, however, due to the fact that the Bichon Frize has a very fragile physique, children need to be told about the proper handling of the animal. Especially when it comes to puppies.
Other pets and cats, in particular, Bichon treats well, by the way, if you are often not at home, and the animal should be left alone, it is better to have a friend – another dog or cat. Despite its small size, the Bichon Frize has a sufficiently developed intellect, remembers teams well and learns quickly. Needs early socialization, like most dogs.
This breed lends itself perfectly to training – the main thing here is to use the right approach. They remember the teams well, but the main thing to pay attention to is the development of obedience and the correction of behavior. If desired, the Bichon Frize breed can be trained in a variety of teams, and even some tricks at home.
Despite the developed intellect, sometimes it is difficult for them to concentrate on the process of training and training for a long time, and therefore do not forget to take breaks for games, and generally submit training in a playful way.