The Bichon Frisé dates back to the 13th century and was the result of cross-breeding a Barbet and a Water Spaniel. During the 16th century it was a favourite with the French aristocracy and a common site in royal courts and palaces. Bichon Frisé literally means 'curly lap dog' in French and is a non sporting breed.
A Bichon's coat is hypoallergenic (which means is it unlikely to cause any allergic reactions) and needs regular grooming and washing to remove any loose and dead hair known as dander and also to to clear away any bacteria attracting saliva. Properly cared for the coat is pure white and very fluffy, otherwise it becomes dirty and matted quickly.
Bichon's are sociable dogs and very easy to train and are more happy with a family that is constantly doing things and going outdoors. Bichon's are excellent around children as they are not aggressive but none the less are very competitive.