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(Curly-haired bichon)



  Service dog.


  The Bichon Frize was brought to France from Italy during the Renaissance. Since it looked like a small Barbet, it was given the name "Barbichón" which was later shortened to "Bichón". Many renowned painters represented  these little dogs that accompanied kings, nobles, and other notable people in the 17th centuries  and XVIII. The breed came into vogue under Napoleon III, and was known at the time as the "Tenerife". Then it became popular, becoming highly appreciated  in Belgium and France. It practically disappeared after the two world wars. Thanks to the passion of a few French and Belgian breeders, the population could be rebuilt. The first registered dog  in Belgium, it was Pitou, born on March 23, 1924 and was registered in the Belgian origin book (LOSH) in 1932. The number  1 in the French origin book (LOF) is attributed to Ida, a Bichon Frize female on October 18, 1934. The current French name - Bichon à poil frisé - was given in 1978 and was recognized as a French breed. Belgian.


  A cheerful little dog, with a lively and very loose movement and curly white hair like a corkscrew. Wear your head with pride; the eyes are dark, happy  and expressive. The tail is carried gracefully curved over the back.


  The Bichon Frize is longer than it is tall, the length of the body (from the point of the shoulder to the point of the ischium) is greater than the height at the withers. The body is rectangular. The ratio of the length of the skull to  muzzle length is 3-2. The depth of the chest is equal to the height measured from the ground to the elbows.


  It is a true companion dog that can be taken anywhere without problems. He is not nervous or barking often, he is very sociable towards people and dogs, even if he does not know them. It has a great capacity for adaptation and is very attached to its masters.


  Well proportioned  with the body. The eyes and the nose are  three easily visible black dots on a totally white head should form an equilateral triangle.


  Skull: Rather flat to the touch, although its hair makes it appear rounded. The frontal furrow is not very pronounced. The skull is longer than the muzzle. It is not as wide as it is long and is 3/5 the length of the head. The brow ridges are not too pronounced.

  Stop: Marked, but not too pronounced.


  Nose: Rounded, black, lustrous and granular in structure.

  Muzzle: Very broad at the base, without tapering too much towards the nose, forming 2/5 of the length of the head. Straight nose bridge, neither pointing downwards nor inclined upwards.

  Lips: Thin, fairly lean, falling just enough to cover the lower lip, but never heavy or pendulous;  usually pigmented black up to the corner. The lower lip should not be heavy, visible, or loose. The corner of the lips is tight and does not allow the inside of the lips to be visible.

  Jaws and  teeth: Upper and lower jaw  wide, each with six evenly set incisors. The scissor bite is preferred; pincer bite is tolerated. Full dentition is preferred.

  Cheeks: Flat.

  Eyes: Very dark, of medium size, rather round in shape, never almond shaped  nor protruding. They should not be positioned obliquely. The pigmentation of the eyelids must be completely black. When the dog looks forward, the whites of the eyes should not be visible.

  Ears: The ears are drooping and well covered with abundant hair. Inserted above the eye line, forming an equilateral triangle and hanging vertically along the cheeks. When stretched forward, the leather should reach at least the corner of the lips, and in most  reaches the middle of the muzzle. The ears are mobile, especially when something catches the dog's attention.


  Quite long, carried high and proud. It is round and thin near the skull, widening  gradually to gently insert into the shoulders. Its length is  about a third of the body length. No double chin.

  Top line: Straight, approximately horizontal to the base of the tail.

  Cruz: It is quite marked.

  Back: Horizontal, good musculature.

  Loin: Broad and muscular, slightly arched.

  Croup: Broad, slightly rounded, very slightly sloping.

  Chest: Well developed, well descended to the elbows, deep thorax, the floating ribs are well arched and do not end abruptly, the chest is rather long.

  Lower line and belly: The lower part of the chest is raised slightly towards the belly line with a moderate elevation. The flanks are well retracted; the skin is thin and not loose.


  Inserted  moderately high, slightly below the line of the back, it is raised  and gracefully curved in line with the spine, without being coiled or amputated. The tip of the tail, regardless of the hair, does not touch the back of the dog. The hair ornament may fall on the back. The tail should not hang down when the dog is in motion


  General Appearance: Seen from the front, the forelimbs are straight. Moderate bone.

  Shoulders: Well sloped.

  Arm: Forming  good angulation with the shoulders.

  Elbows: Well attached to the body.

  Forearm: Straight and perpendicular seen from all sides.

  Pastern: Short and straight seen from the front, very slightly sloping when viewed from the side.

  Forefeet: Tight, round and knuckles well up, neither in nor out, the pads should be black and the nails should preferably be black. 


  General Appearance: The pelvis is wide. The hind limbs are well muscled and seen from behind, they are parallel to each other. They are vertical.

  Thigh: Broad and muscular.

  Stifle: Well angled, not turned  inward or outward.

  Leg: Approximately the same length as the thigh.

  Hock joint: Low set and well marked.

  Metatarsal: Thin without spurs. 

  Hind feet: Tight, round and knuckles well up, neither in nor out, the pads should be black and the nails should preferably be black.  


  Fast moving, free, covering a lot of ground. During the trot, the head is carried high, the tail well curved over the back. The hind limbs with good thrust. Parallel.


  Stretched all over the body; dark pigmentation is preferred; however, it does not influence hair color. The scrotum should preferably be black.

  Hair: Hair  profuse. The hair of the outer layer forms curls like loose spirals (This is the structure of curling).  A soft and dense undercoat should be present. The hair is neither straight nor corded, nor woolly, nor matted.
  Color: Pure white. However, before 12 months of age, the coat may tend to be slightly beige (champagne), but this should not cover more than 10% of the dog.


  Height at the withers: From 25 to 29 centimeters. A tolerance of 1 centimeter  in more it is accepted for males; a tolerance of 2 centimeters  at least it is accepted for females.  As long as the proportions are balanced and the sexual dimorphism is well marked.

  Weight: Approximately 5 kilograms, in proportion to size.

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