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Bichon Frise

History and Development We know that the Bichon. like his cousin the Caniche, descended from the Barbet or Water Spaniel, from which came the name “Barbichon”, later shortened to “Bichon”. The Bichons were divided into tour types the Bichon Maltaise, the Bichon Bolognese, the Bichon Havanese and the Bichon Teneriffe. All originated in the Mediterranean area. Appreciated for their dispositions, the little dogs traveled much through antiquity. The dogs found early success in Spain and it is generally felt that Spanish seamen introduced the breed to the Canary Island of Teneriffe, hence the name Bichon Teneriffe. In the 14th century, Italian sailors rediscovered our little dogs on their voyages and are credited with returning them to the continent. They soon became great favorites with the Italian nobility arid the new middle class of merchants and, as with other dogs of that era, the Bichons were often cut “lion style”. The ” Teneriffe ” or “Bichon” made his appearance in France under Francis I, the patron of the Renaissance, who reigned from 1515 to 1547. Their great success, however, was during the reign of Henry III from 1547 to 1589. This king so loved the little dogs that he carried them wherever he went Read more […]